It's definitely that time of the year when I'm sure someone in your house wants to mail a letter to Santa!
Maybe it's your 4-year-old who wants to ask Santa about his favorite cookies.
Or the somewhat doubting 9-year-old who wants to confirm the big guy's existance.
And maybe -- just maybe -- it's Mom or Dad who need to get a letter to Santa to let him know that bringing a pet monkey is probably not such a good idea this year ;)
No matter who wants to send Santa a letter, we've got all the details you'll need (along with some FREE ways you can get a reply back too)! PLUS, we also have a free printable Letter to Santa paper for the kids to print & use too.
Where to Send a Letter to Santa & How to Get a Reply
There are two ways to get in touch with Santa via mail -- you can either write a letter and send it through the United States Postal Service (USPS) or email a letter to Santa.
Sending a Santa Letter via USPS
Hand-written letters are the best! Please be sure that the return address on your envelope is legible so your reply doesn't get lost in the holiday mail :)
There are two places to send your Santa mail:
The elves in Santa Claus, IN (yes, that's a real city!) are ready to answer any letter that they receive by December 21st! See the details at Write to Santa.
Letters can be sent using regular postage to:
PO Box 1
Santa Claus, IN 47579
If you'd like a response from a place closer to the North Pole, the Post Office is lending a helping hand this year! Letters sent to the post office in Alaska by December 15th will receive a reply from Santa's helpers (with a hand from Mom or Dad)!
Here's all the information for the Letters From Santa program.
Looking for a cool postmark for a special letter?
Put the letter you would like postmarked in a larger envelope and click the link to the city for more details:
Where to Email Santa
Kids can send an online letter to Santa at Letters to Santa and get an instant reply that's slightly personal :)
You can also email Santa and receive a reply at the Northpole.com Mailroom. Parents will need to help younger kids read & send the email and then check their Northpole mailbox for a reply.
Please not that both of these website have ads so kids should be supervised
Be sure to print one of these FREE printable Letter to Santa templates -- having your kids write a letter and learn how to address the envelope themselves is a great life skill to squeeze in during the busy holiday season ;)
If you'd like to add some reading to this annual activity, here's a few of our favorite 'letter to Santa' books:
The Jolly Christmas Postman is an adorable holiday story that has letters on each page the kids can open and read! Follow along as we find him delivering hoiday greetings to all of his fairy tale friends. Wonderful illustrations and be sure to read the postmarks on each letter!
Dear Santa: The Letters of James B. Dobbins was one of our favorite letter-themed reads. James begins the book by writing (a number of letters) to Santa to remind him of what he'd like for Christmas. As the story progresses, we find that James' attitude toward the holiday begins to shift towards more of a giving spirit rather than just "I hope that I get.." A great message for kids during a season that can be focused on consumption.
For more stories told using the mail, see 20 Children's Books Told Through Letters too.
And if you're looking to add a little more magic to your holidays, you can also arrange to Schedule a Live Phone Call From Santa Claus!
Ho, Ho, Ho!