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questionsThese are some of the most frequent questions we get asked here at the North Pole Tracking Command Center:

Q: How fast does the sleigh fly?
A: Well, it varies, of course. But at peak speed Santa can travel as fast as 2000 miles per minute. The sleigh is the fastest known vehicle on Earth.

Q: How fast is Santa?
A: Santa is the fastest human being in the world. That is saying something for a big guy, too. But the truth is that we don’t really know how fast Santa is. He won’t let us clock him. Whenever we try he says “I’m not a race car.”

Q: When will Santa get to my house?
A: Well it’s impossible to say exactly. Generally he arrives between midnight and 3am local time, unless folks in the house are still up at that hour.

Q: Can I see Santa in the skies?
A: Sometimes. It depends where you are, what the weather is like, and how fast Santa is going. If he’s traveling low and slow, then you’ll see him no problem. But if he passes over your house at top speeds you’ll only be able to see Santa like you would see a bolt of lightning — just a flash.

Q: Can I see Santa in my house?
A: It’s possible. There are lots of people who claim they have had encounters with Santa in their homes. But the chances of that happening are very small. Santa doesn’t have time to go slow. He has to cover the world in about 30 hours or so. That means he doesn’t stand still in one spot too long.

Q: Why does the info I get here on Santa differ from NORAD or Google?
A: At we use telemetry from Santa’s sleigh. No other website out there has it and, for security reasons and Santa’s safety, no other site ever will. That’s the advantage of reporting from the North Pole. It is our job, year round, to know where Santa is at all times. We have sensors directly embedded within Santa’s sleigh, on Santa’s suit, even within the collars of the reindeer so we know exactly where Santa is at all times. This is highly complex technology. Those other tracking sites — and we like them a lot, they are GOOD folks — use satellite technology to track Santa. It isn’t quite as precise. Some of the info they provide is just a little late. We’re getting the information out to you almost as fast as we receive it ourselves.

Q: Does Santa follow the same route every year?
A: No. Weather conditions usually dictate the path of Santa’s flight, though sometimes the fatigue of the reindeer or other factors can change things. Santa has never taken the same route twice that we know about.

Q: Santa is in that sleigh a long time. More than 30 hours. How does he stay awake?
A: Well, he eats a lot of cookies. Plus, he’s got a busy job, so there isn’t much time for him to get tired. He’s got music in the sleigh and constant radio contact with the North Pole. It is not like he’s alone up there.

Q: Has Santa ever been in an accident?
A: Yes, little accidents. He took out a fence one year. He sliced off some branches and leaves from a tall tree another year. He’s snagged his trousers on antennas, he’s been caught in tricky chimneys and he has been chased by a few dogs in his time. But Santa has never been in a serious scrape.

Q: Has Santa’s sleigh ever been attacked?
A: Oh yes, it happens from time to time in rougher areas of the world. But at the rate of speed that Santa flies he is faster than most bullets, bombs or missiles. So he has never really been in any danger.

Q: Can I get a ride on Santa’s sleigh?
A: It is doubtful. We all keep asking. But things are pretty crowded in there. Santa is a big guy and there are a ton of presents packed in that thing. Not much room!

Have more questions? Ask an elf!

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