The Red Zone

Elf Training #3 – The Red Zone

Elf TrainingIf there is one moment out of the year that every tracker elf lives for it happens when they enter the Red Zone.

What is the Red Zone?

The Red Zone is a time when elves go on high alert. It happens when the clock ticks past midnight on December 24th. From that moment on, it is all hands on deck.

Why is it called the Red Zone? And why does the rest of the world not really know about it?

The term “Red Zone” applies to anyone working in the Operation Merry Christmas effort. Sleigh pilots use it, Flight Command uses it, all the news elves, the workshop elves, the wrapping elves and even the reindeer use the term “Red Zone”. Why? Because it means “high alert”.

It means Santa is on the way.

It means you could see sleighs in the skies near you at any time. It means things are happening and you need to be heads up.

Going into the Red Zone means that there are a hundred things in motion in your area. For example, the Weather tracking team in Flight Command has elves that are dispatched by sleigh to different parts of the world to gather high altitude weather data. They do this because Santa will need to know how conditions are when he flies through an area. The sleighs taking their weather elves on their missions fly night and day — so the chances of you seeing one are actually quite high.

There are other sleighs in the skies too — scouts, freighters, transports — and they are most active in the Red Zone, those crucial hours before Santa actually arrives in an area.

The Red Zone means that folks need to hang their stockings and to be aware of incoming bedtime advisories.

We have been receiving a lot of questions lately about the bedtime warnings. They are not a complex thing. Direct from the sleigh Santa will sent out a heads up to folks who he will be visiting soon. Santa does this because customs on Christmas Eve vary around the world. Especially in places like Sector 1 where it is summer at Christmastime. Folks in that part of the world often stay up late in the night and many are outdoors during late hours. Santa will send them a bedtime warning so they know when to get to bed.

The bedtime advisories usually flow through and many of them get posted at

They usually will not show up here. But as trackers, you should already be keeping tabs on the other sites. You are expect, as elves especially, to respond appropriately to Santa’s bedtime warnings. They are for you, too.

Many trackers are tempted to stay up past their scheduled times and this you must not do. It has been a problem for many elves, especially in Sector 3 for some reason, who want to stay up to see what happens even AFTER Santa has visited them.

We understand that. Tracking Santa is fun and the news is exciting. But it just can’t happen, elves. You need to get to bed when Santa requests it. You can always read the news here and on the other Official North Pole websites later.

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International Director of Santa Trackers at the North Pole Flight Command
Roger is an experienced sleigh pilot, designer and flight engineer who has worked the past 42 years as a flight supervisor in the Tracking Department at the North Pole. Previous to that Roger served as a designer in the Research and Development Department during the crucial years of 1947-1974, an era known for breakout designs in Santa’s sleigh that broke long standing speed records. Roger was the lead designer of Santa’s 1968 sleigh, famous for surviving a brutal blizzard in Bavaria.
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Okay i will always check the North Pole News and be ready to get into bed when the bedtime alert comes and i am going to do my duties really well this year

ELF Jingle Bells

Good job emma i think you and me are going to be good friends


Aww same Lyndsey i think we will maybe even become best friends


Lyndsey the North Pole posted new news go check it out and i am leaving today for a camping trip and will not be back until sunday so talk to you then


Want to work together this year?

ELF Jingle Bells

Every Year


Lyndsey you are so nice and kind and sweet i know you are on santa’s nice list because you are so kind


okay we will work together every year because i think we will become best friends

Elf Candy Gumdrops


elf cookie

hey me too do you want to become tracker elf friends

Wyatt Bloomberg

Hey can i help

elf cookie

sure join in anyone {on the nice list}

elf cookie

me too

Chris Gregory

Ok will do

Angelika Noel

Roger That! 🙂

JOEL joel



Haha last year I was tempted to stay up and track santa. I have insomnia so I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes and have trouble falling asleep, so I’ll see what I can do.

elf cookie

me too

Elf Jangle

did you try melatonin


Oh wow, last night, Test flights leaped over from the ocean near florida to the Sector 4 atlantic ocean, wow. I think Elf Meg Nogg should update us on where the test flights are headed soon

Elf Candy Gumdrops


Elf Amelia

Ok I will

Elf Jangle

okay , but what is the bedtime?Because i will probably be up all night doing my duties and i need to know when to go to bed-i live in sector 5

elf cookie

ME TOOO!!!!!

Elf Jangle

never mind ill just listen to the radio every day as always

Elf Jangle

roger that sir I will make sure to listen to the kringle radio every Christmas night

Elf Jangle

and check the north pole news



Teagan Lomas

I’m ready

Olive Hansen

Thanks, got it!

ELF Jingle Paws

Roger Elf Jingle Paws

Roger that too 😀

Elf Snowball


Elf Jangle

on christmas eve the only thing I will listen to at night is kringle radio


I am Here

elf cookie

ok elf roger star roger that

Elf Cookie Dough

I always check the news board several times to make sure that I don’t miss anything important


Thanks for teaching me about the Red Zone. 


I will stay active and alert

Brooke Vaughan

Roger that