Santa Mail: How and Where to Send Your Letters to Santa

By Bavani Purushothaman, updated by Barbara Evangelista November 22, 2017

The time to write letters to Santa Claus has arrived! Growing up, I remember having to write a letter to Santa to place under my pillow 11 days before Christmas, or maybe it was 21 days. After all, Santa needed time to make wishes come true. However, with the advance of technology, children now have their pick of snail mail or email, traditional response times or instant gratification. 

Snail Mail

Sending a physical letter to Santa can be one of the most exciting things kids will do this Christmas season. Do you know what is even more exciting? Receiving a reply from the Big Man himself. Some of the following places send replies!

Macy's "Write a letter to Santa Claus" 

Deliver your child's letter to Santa at a Macy's closest to you. Not close to a Macy's store?  You can also submit your letter online (click the Start Writing button). For every letter that Macy's receives, they will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish foundation up to $1,000,000. 

United States Postal Service (USPS) 

Follow the instructions here and use the tips given! Letters must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than December 15, 2017. Santa's helpers will take care of the rest. The cost is a first class mail stamp.

Santa Claus Museum Village 

Every letter to Santa received by December 21, 2017 will receive a letter back from Santa Claus himself! The earlier you can send in your letter, the better. To help pay for postage, donations are greatly appreciated. Send your letter and donation, if you choose, to Santa Claus, PO Box 1, Santa Claus IN 47579.


If your children are like me and love interacting with Santa instantly, try some of the following websites.

Letters to Santa 

Kids just have to fill out their first names, how good they've been and what they would like for Christmas. Submitting this information returns an instant reply from Santa along with clipart. Your child can also check to see whether he or she is on Santa's list! 

Children can watch Santa read their letter on camera! They have to just fill in the missing words in the letter to Santa and submit. No personal information is required except for a first name!

Santa Claus House 

The Santa Claus House offers packages for the original Santa Claus letter and the North Pole deed from a genuine North Pole postmark. The deadline for orders is December 5, 2017.

Templates for letters TO Santa

Children are the most creative, however, if some inspiration is needed, the following sites provide some templates for letters to Santa. 

Letters to Santa Templates #1 

Letters to Santa Templates #2 

Templates for letters FROM Santa

Revel in your children's joy and excitement when they receive a letter from Santa. Use these easy and fun templates to create the replies.

Letters from Santa #1 

Letter From Santa #2 

Tracking Santa

Kids love to track where Santa is at any given time. Norad Tracks Santa is a fun website for kids to follow Santa's movements.

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