This post was most recently updated on June 21st, 2018
Here is a wonderful tradition for the holidays – a letter from Santa post marked from the North Pole. And all it costs is your time and a stamp. This is a yearly program offered by the US Postal Service.
Letter From Santa Deadlines
The deadline for 2017 is December 15th. I suggest mailing the letter by Friday, December 7th. In order to get your letter from Santa postmarked North Pole, and back in time for Christmas, you must
- Write the letter, put it in an envelope with the correct postage and addressed to your child.
- Enclose that letter in another envelope and mail it to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK POSTMASTER
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
If you can’t get your letter in the mail in time for a Christmas return, don’t worry, I’ve included some alternatives and other suggestions too. Read on!
Some suggestions for Letter from Santa activities are to have your children write a letter to Santa and you write a letter in response (from Santa); or write a letter from Santa praising your child for an accomplishment or trying hard on a difficult task. Perhaps an announcement of an upcoming surprise or treat. Lastly there are always the short reminders to clean their room and take out the trash.
Have fun with your ideas and keep it personal. You might also write a letter from Santa to yourself and other adults in the house. In my house the magic of Santa is alive and well for both the younger and “older” kids.
One last reminder, create a folder or binder and save the letters for later years.
If you find yourself with writer’s block, download the USPS.gov Letters from Santa for suggestions. This are some of my favorites. In case you can’t get your letter to the US Postal Service in time for a Christmas return delivery, don’t worry, the USPS has a reply written just for you (go to page 15).
Surprise your child with a personalized Letter from Santa, Video from Santa or a Live Video Chat with Santa. Visit Groupon.com Letters to Santa for details and packages. sponsored.
Letters to Santa at Macy’s Stores
Another suggestion to start the tradition, stop by your local Macy’s store and find the big red Santa mailbox and convenient desk. Join your child in writing a letter to Santa and post it right there in the store. For each letter ‘mailed’, Macy’s will donate $1 up to $1,000,000 to the Make A Wish Foundation. Share the word and joy using the hashtage #MacysBelieve. To find a Macy’s store location near you, visit macys.com/believe.
Other Ways to Get into the Santa Letter Spirit
- Contact your local library for Santa visits and letter to Santa events.
- Submit a letter online at Macy’s Believe. macys.com/believe
- If you are going to have pictures with Santa, have your child write their letter before the photo.
- If you are going to a Breakfast with Santa, have your child write their letter before the event.
Looking for other holiday events? Check out BayAreaNutcracker.com for our listing of Nutcracker performances in the Bay area, CelebrateFamily.us for our Nutcracker calendar and Sending Letters to Santa – How to send a letter to your child using USPS.
Happy Holidays from my family to yours.