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Write a letter to Santa and he'll write back!

Sacks of letters are arriving at the North Pole. Postal elves are busy helping Santa reply to each and every letter that has a return address. Whether you're a parent or teacher, we have tips to help with successful letter writing and replies from Santa.

Mail letters to Santa by December 11

There's room for everyone on the Nice List! Santa's postal elves are ready to help Santa answer letters in more than 30 languages, including Braille!

There are 3 important rules when sending a letter to Santa:

  1. Make sure to include your full return address. Santa may know where you live, but his postal elves need this information to deliver your letter!
  2. Santa really loves to read about children’s favourite sports, jokes, school activities or family fun (even if Mom and Dad help with the writing). And, of course, he loves to get pictures and drawings from even his youngest pen pals!
  3. Send your letter soon. December 11 is the last day to mail letters to Santa (it’s a long way to the North Pole and back!). Letters mailed after December 11 may not receive a reply before Christmas.

International letters

For our friends writing from outside Canada, please note that we are unable to guarantee delivery times outside Canada. We will do our best to ensure replies are sent in a timely manner.

How to help Santa write back to your students

Last year, more than half of the 1.6 million children's letters received by Santa came from schools and daycares. This year, Santa’s elves are introducing a change to the Santa Letter-writing Program.

It involves Santa doing what he does best: writing magical letters and sharing the holiday spirit with a gift. This year, class letters will include a small communal gift. This gift will replace individual letters to students in schools and daycares, and will eliminate concerns raised by parents about inconsistent responses from Santa when letters are written at school and also at home.

We hope you will use our gift – a package of seeds from the North Pole – to develop a classroom activity that captures the spirit of the program. Perhaps you can use Santa’s seeds to discuss the importance of care and nurture. Maybe you want to do something more concrete, like teach the science behind plant growth or the importance of plants for the environment. Maybe you use the gift to discuss symbolism or the spirit of Christmas itself. Maybe you can start, or contribute to, a school garden... It’s our sincere hope that whatever activity you plan, Santa’s special North Pole seeds will allow you to connect with your students and bring the class together in a fun way.

Santa would still love to receive individual letters from your students, or one letter written together. He knows how much fun it is to learn about letters and what a great class activity it can be.

Mailing letters

  • Letters to Santa must be mailed by December 4 in order to receive a reply before your school breaks for the holidays. We realize this is early in your holiday activities, but it ensures there is enough time to send a reply before the holiday break.
  • Put all your letters in one large envelope to mail to Santa. Your package of letters to Santa does not need postage. Please mail it to:


  • We can't mail letters back to a child's home. Privacy legislation prohibits the sharing of home addresses by schools. Letters will not be sent to children’s homes. If we only have a child’s home address, a reply cannot be sent.
  • Include a printed class list in the package to avoid misspelling of a child’s name and to ensure that all students (even those absent on letter-writing day) receive a reply.

Please include a completed checklist in your mailed package with the children’s letters.

International letters

For our teachers sending class packages from outside Canada, please note:

  • we are unable to guarantee delivery times outside Canada – we will do our best to ensure replies are sent in a timely manner
  • we are unable to mail seeds internationally, your class poster will NOT contain seeds (the reply letter does not reference the seeds)
  • packages mailed outside of Canada DO require postage

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Replies to Santa’s letters are made possible through the support of Santa’s trusted postal elves at Canada Post and SickKids®.