Santa Claus Sightings 2010 as presented by: Sacramento Bee

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be tracking Santa Claus as he makes his rounds on Christmas Eve. Santa will also get help from Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico. As part of "Operation Assist Santa," aircraft from the base will provide a special escort for his journey through New Mexico. Base officials say an F-22 Raptor will serve as Santa's wingman, while the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper will provide "special intelligence" for Santa through naughty and nice sensors and sleep detectors installed on the two aircraft. The Los Alamos trackers will be using state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken by Santa and his reindeer. They will be helping other trackers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado. The following images are a collection of Santa sightings from around the globe during the approach to Christmas. Emma Schlichtmann, 3, of Potosi, Wis., tells Santa, left, all the things she wants for Christmas while visiting him at a shopping mall in Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday, Dec. 23. South Korean volunteers in Santa Claus or Father Christmas outfits wave before going out to hand out Christmas gifts to prematurely born babies in Seoul. Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa head down the slope Sunday, Dec. 5. 2010 as part of the 11th annual Santa Sunday at Sunday River in Newry, Maine. Participants get a free lift ticket if they dress as Santa and donate $10 or more to the Bethel Rotary Club's annual toy drive.


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