How to Receive a Free Letter From Santa by Mail

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One of the joys of Christmas for children is waking up on Christmas morning knowing that Santa Claus has come in his sleigh to leave gifts in the stocking or under the tree. Your child can also get a letter from Santa Claus from the North Pole with a free service offered by the United States Postal Service.


Make the holiday season even more memorable with a personalized, free letter from Santa Claus that has the return address of "Santa, North Pole." The process is simple, and you can make a fun family day out of writing letters to Santa. If you do this early in the season, perhaps on Thanksgiving weekend, you have plenty of time to shop for the items on your child's wishlist.

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Make sure you plan ahead, though. With high demand, shipping times at the post office can take longer, so allow plenty of time for the letter from Santa to arrive on time.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper

  • Pens

  • Envelopes

  • Stamps

Write a letter to Santa

Have your child write a letter to Santa Claus. The letter can say anything your child wants to write, but if you want to offer some guidance or a letter template, suggest that they start with "Dear Santa" and then introduce themselves. They can mention their good deeds throughout the year and then include a Christmas wish list for Santa.


Once the letter is complete, your child can fold the letter and place it in an envelope. Address the letter to:

Santa Claus, North Pole

Write a response letter from Santa Claus

Next, write a letter that is from Santa to your child. A personalized letter means more, as you can mention specific highlights and accomplishments from the previous year.


You can write on the back of your child's letter or on a separate sheet of paper. If your child is old enough to recognize your handwriting, ask a friend or another family member to write the letter.

You can even get creative and include an extra note from Mrs. Claus or create a "Santa's Nice List Certificate" for your child. This is not only fun for your child to receive, but it can also make a nice keepsake for years to come.


Address the envelope

Address an envelope to your address with your child's name. The return address on this envelope should be "Santa Claus, North Pole." Place both your child's letter and the Santa letter inside the envelope and seal it.


Then, place the stamped envelope with the Christmas letters inside a larger envelope. Address this envelope to:

North Pole Postmark
4141 Postmark Dr
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998


Affix postage to the envelope.

Mail the letters

Drop the letters off at the U.S. Postal Service to be mailed to Alaska. Send the letters no later than December 10 so that the USPS will have time to process the mail and send it back in time for your child to receive it by Christmas eve.