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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 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 14 is the last day to mail letters to Santa (it’s a long way to the North Pole and back!).

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. Letters mailed from outside of Canada require postage.

Santa's address:

SANTA CLAUS
NORTH POLE H0H 0H0
CANADA


How to help Santa write back to your students

The deadline to mail class letters to Santa has passed. While Santa’s postal elves are working hard to ensure every class letter is replied to as soon as possible, if you have not received your letters in time for your class celebration here are Santa’s emergency letters you can download and print.

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:

Personalize

Ask children to share some news that helps Santa's postal elves. Santa wants to provide every child with a magical Santa letter experience. Please have children share, in their letter, information that can be used to personalize a response. They can tell Santa what their favourite subject is, their favourite sport, their holiday plans or even a funny joke! Photocopied wish lists or all-the-same form letters, make it difficult for Santa to add a meaningful postscript.

Mailing letters

  • Letters to Santa must mailed by December 2 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. 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. Your package of letters to Santa does not need postage. Please mail it to:

    SANTA CLAUS
    NORTH POLE H0H 0H0
    CANADA

  • 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.

Checklist

You must include a completed checklist in the package with the children’s letters.

Please note: You will receive a poster-size class reply (before or after the holidays) if:

  • a completed checklist is not included in your package
  • letters are not sent together, in one envelope
  • 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. Letters mailed from outside of Canada require postage.

Daycare Providers

Last year our volunteers – Santa’s special postal elves – replied to more than 1.5 million letters from children in about a six-week period. It’s a big job. We understand most children in daycare or preschool facilities are not able to write their own letter, nor do daycare providers have the resources to write an individual letter for each child.

And, while wish lists are important for the workshop elves, postal elves cannot make promises about gifts. Drawings are a wonderful addition to a letter, but alone they do not provide our volunteers with enough information to personalize the reply (especially multiple times within a class). We have also heard from many parents who write a letter to Santa with their children at home, that the receipt of two different letters from Santa is difficult to explain.

With these considerations, we are eliminating the option for daycares to receive individual reply letters from Santa. You will receive a poster-sized response from Santa with each child’s name on a “Nice List...” on the letter.

We want Santa’s youngest pen pals to share the joy and magic of writing and receiving a letter from someone important. But we realize receiving actual letters from children this young isn’t possible, nor is asking postal elves to personalize letters without anything to work with. Santa has suggested working on a group letter and have each child send a drawing to Santa. This way the return letter can be read as a class activity, including a postscript message that will relate back to your letter, and each child will see their name (in Santa’s writing!) on the letter.

Mailing letters

  • Please mail your letter to:

    SANTA CLAUS
    NORTH POLE H0H 0H0
    CANADA

  • Include a printed class list in the package to avoid misspelling of a child’s name and to ensure that all students are included in Santa’s reply.

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. Letters mailed from outside of Canada 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®.