Just in time for Christmas, Santa’s sleigh is out of the workshop and upgraded with the latest ADS-B transponder and elf-designed cabin interior for a long night’s work. Rudolph’s anti-collision beacon red nose has received a polish as well. With the work complete, Santa is ready for tracking on Flightradar24!

Tracking Santa and his Reindeer

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To track Santa on Flightradar24, visit our special Santa tracking link, or turn on his direct tracking feed in settings. You can also set a callsign filter for SANTA. We track Santa with a dedicated global receiver named T-ELF1.

Santa SettingsTrack Santa in 3D by pressing the 3D button next to Santa’s callsign under the photo in the flight info box.

You can choose to always see Santa while he’s in flight or just see him on a specific day. If you’re feeling particularly Grinch-like, you can turn Santa off completely. Santa settings are accessed via Settings >> Visibility >> Santa radar.

When following Santa, our flight info box will help you keep tabs on the Nice and Naughty list, how many cities Santa has visited, and his distance traveled.

Because of the technology we use to track Santa, tracking is only available on Flightradar24 and not currently available in our mobile apps. We’re in negotiations with the elf union to make sure Santa is available in our apps next year.

Santa Aviation Facts and Figures

Santa doing some reconnaissance work over Australia before delivery presents on Christmas Eve
Santa doing some reconnaissance work over Australia before delivering presents on Christmas Eve

Santa’s sleigh is an unique 9-engine Rangifer tarandus registered HOHOHO (MSN 00001). At 1,747 years old, it’s the oldest active airframe in the world. While the airframe is ancient, new navigation equipment and a ninth power plant were added a number of years ago on an IFR-conditions Christmas Eve, allowing the sleigh to reach hypersonic speeds in less than a second. To enable Santa to check in with air traffic control, ICAO has issued the type designation SLEIGH320.

Happy tracking and a merry Christmas to all!

Santa Flight Deck

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Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.

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