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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.

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 golden 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. Letters must be mailed by December 16 to receive a reply (it’s a long way to the North Pole and back!).

How to help Santa write back to your students

Last year, more than half of the 1.5 million children's letters received by Santa came from schools and daycares. We want every child who writes to Santa to enjoy the magical experience of receiving a reply. To do that, we need your help. Here's how:


Ask children to share some news that helps Santa's postal elves. Encourage your students to share their favourite subject, sport, holiday plans, or even a funny joke so that Santa may add a meaningful postscript to the letter that each child receives. Photocopied wish lists aren't much help, as Santa doesn't make any promises about gifts in his letters.

Mailing letters

  • Letters to Santa must be received by December 4 in order to get replies before your school breaks for the holidays. We realize this is early in your holiday activities, but it helps Santa to ensure there is enough time to get replies back before the holiday break. You can keep the replies to hand out on a special day of your choice. School letters received after December 4 will receive a class letter before or after Christmas, depending on the date received.
  • Put all your letters in one large envelope to mail to Santa. This way, everyone in the class gets their letters at the same time. Individual letters from schools will not be replied to. 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.
  • 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.


You must include a completed checklist (print out and fill in) and include it in the package with the children's letters.

Please note, you will receive a single, poster-sized reply letter (before or after the holidays):

  • if a completed checklist is not included with the letters
  • if letters are not sent in a single package, or
  • if letters are received after December 4.

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, but you may receive after-Christmas postcards, or before-Christmas replies after Christmas, due to distance and other delays.

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