Official Facts on Santa’s Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh

It’s less than a week until Santa takes to the skies for his magical ride and here at KPYN we’ve managed to get some of the inside scoop on Santa’s Sleigh straight from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Every year on December 24th NORAD tracks Santa around the world using military sensors and technology.

Sleigh Facts:

Probable First Flight: Dec. 24, 343 A.D.

Home Base North Pole

Weight at takeoff: 75,000 gd (gumdrops)

Passenger weight at takeoff: Santa Claus 260 pounds

Weight of gifts at takeoff: 60,000 tons

Weight at landing: 80,000 gd (ice & snow accumulation)

Passenger weight at landing: 1,260 pounds

Propulsion: Nine (9) rp (reindeer power)

Armament: Antlers (purely defensive)

Fuel: Hay, oats and carrots (for reindeer)

Emissions: Classified

Climbing speed: One “T” (Twinkle of an eye)

Max speed: Faster than starlight

As Christmas approaches you can find out more about Santa and Holiday Traditions from around the world on our KPYN Facebook page, on or by listening to the Original Trading Post between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00  a.m. on KPYN 900 AM, 95.5 FM or streaming on  You can also visit the library at NORAD Tracks Santa to find more facts and some fun holiday activities.