Letters From Santa: A Magical Experience Every Kid Loves

Nothing will make a child’s Christmas like letters from Santa. Really. A letter from Santa is gold during this magical time! And it doesn’t take much to make this heartwarming event happen, especially with the help of USPS. It’s not too late to create a little “sugar and spice” for your little one! This is a great way to promote good behavior all year long, and extend the magical belief a little longer too.

letters from santa

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter with a personalized letter of his own — complete with a North Pole postmark.

Here are the steps for your child to get a personalized letter from Santa:

  1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
  3. Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
  4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
  5. Affix a First-Class Mail stamp.
  6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to:

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

“Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 15 to receive a return letter by Christmas Eve. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest. Your child will know they’ve been on the nice list and be so excited to receive a personal letter signed by Santa.

Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.


  • To save paper, write Santa’s response on the back of your child’s letter. If you keep them together, your child will also be able to recall what he or she wrote.
  • When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year, for example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.
  • This is a great activity to do at Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.

The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Other ideas:

Santa Claus Writes – This company offers letters, phone calls, postcards, and more. Packages start at about $5.

Free Letters From Santa Claus – You can enter a few pieces of info and have a FREE Santa letter ready to print and send via USPS.

Noella Designs. More free Santa letter ideas.

North Pole Mail. Official letters from the North Pole for as low as $10.

And for more Christmas time fun, invite one of Santa’s Elves to come live with you for the season. Here are tons of ideas on what the elves might be up to at your house. 

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Nothing will make a child's Christmas like letters from Santa. A letter from Santa is the ultimate gift! And it can be easy with the help of USPS. It's not too late to create a little "sugar and spice" for your kids this holiday season. They'll remember it forever. #Christmas #holidays #family #kids #santa

Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
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