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 10

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 10 is the last day to mail letters to Santa (it’s a long way to the North Pole and back!). Letters mailed after December 10 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.

Santa's address:

SANTA CLAUS
NORTH POLE H0H 0H0
CANADA


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, class letters will still 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.

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 7 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:

    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

Please include a completed checklist in your mailed package.

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

Daycare Providers

Last year our volunteers – Santa’s special postal elves – replied to more than 1.6 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.

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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®.