Carilion Clinic tracks Santa as he makes his journey around the world

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Santa Claus is coming to town.

Jolly Old Saint Nick has begun his Christmas Eve journey, delivering presents to good girls and boys around the world, and Carilion Clinic is tracking his every move.

Pictured: NORAD’s Santa Tracker

With their 24/7 Transfer and Communication Center (CTaC), experienced Santa-tracking staff are diligently tracking Santa and his team of reindeer, along with their 50-ambulance fleet and three helicopters.

According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Santa left the North Pole at 4:30 a.m.

Local Santa-trackers say he’s moving fast.

Pictured: Lila and Hannah, local Santa-trackers.

“We’re tracking Santa to make sure he gets everyone a present and gifts and coal, because if they’re cold that means they’re bad,” says Hannah, a local Santa-tracker.

Carla Moore, a CTaC Coordinator, says it’s a great experience, especially for kids.

“It’s really neat to see them come in and see the light just glimmer on their faces – gleaming from ear to ear – to say ‘where is he now?’ It’s just really awesome,” says Moore.

So far, Santa has already visited places like China and Russia and has delivered more than 2 billion presents.

To see when Santa is stopping in your town, click here.


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