OnStar to follow Santa's progress

Kids can monitor Santa’s trip via OnStar technology

Published: December 23, 2012, 11:00 AM
Updated: June 7, 2015, 10:44 AM

OnStar logo with Santa hat

If you have a car or truck equipped with GM's OnStar service, your kids can follow Santa's progress on his trip from the North Pole tomorrow.

All it will take is a simple press of the OnStar button, thanks to the service's collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) "Track Santa" program.

From 7:00 a.m. on Dec. 24 until 5:00 a.m. on Dec. 25, anyone with an active OnStar subscription can press the blue OnStar button in his or her vehicle to request a "Santa Update" and find out Santa’s current location.

"Each year, technology plays an increasingly important role in connecting friends and families, especially during the holidays," said Neelie O’Conner, director of OnStar subscriber services.

For the fourth consecutive year, OnStar will be a part of this tradition.

Using sophisticated systems like the North Warning Radar System and geo-synchronous satellites with infrared sensors, NORAD monitors Santa’s location on Christmas Eve. Children may also follow Santa with the NORAD Track Santa mobile apps.

Those without an OnStar subscription can visit or dial 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) for Santa’s location.