Time’s Ticking! Secure a Personal Letter from Santa for Your Child Now with These Simple Steps

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This USPS program allows kids to get personalized free letters from Santa Claus by mail!

Boy writing a letter to Santa Clause

Make Christmas more magical than ever. ✨

There’s nothing that kiddos look forward to more than the yearly task of writing up their Christmas wish lists to send to Santa. Wouldn’t it be great if they could receive a personal response?

Now they can! With a little help from parents, the USPS will postmark a response letter as though it came right from the North Pole! Other than the cost of a stamp, the service is free of charge and we’re sharing how you can participate.

The program, called “Greetings From the North Pole,” is designed to encourage children’s interest in writing, penmanship, and communication via letters. It’s a super exciting event that the kids can look forward to during the holiday season.

The USPS does not provide a deadline but recommends sending the letters out by December 1nd to make sure your kiddo has the best chance of getting a response in time for Christmas.

usps mail truck parked on side of street

Here’s how to get your very own free letter from Santa Claus by mail this year:

  1. Encourage your child to write a letter to Santa Claus and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Write a personal response to your child’s letter and sign it “From Santa.” For an extra special touch, try using our FREE Santa Clause letterhead!
  3. Insert both your child’s letter and your response into an envelope, and address it to your child.
  4. Add the return address: “Santa, North Pole” to the front of the envelope.
  5. Place a First-Class Mail stamp on the front of the envelope as well.
  6. Put the envelope containing the letters into a larger envelope, and address it to:

ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

And that’s it!

A letter from Santa that came in the mail

If you’ve received a letter and want to share your family’s experience with others on social media, use the tag #GreetingsFromTheNorthPole.

letters and glasses on newspaper - free letters from santa clause template

Writing a Santa letter this year? The USPS  has some advice.

Want to make your kiddo’s Christmas as magical as ever? The USPS provided some helpful tips for writing your letters. 

Here’s what the USPS recommends:

  • When responding as Santa, make the letter from Santa as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year. For example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school, or participating in community service activities.
  • This is a great activity for Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other caregivers. 

Want to play Santa to a child in need? Learn how to join Operation Santa! 

About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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Comments 6

  1. katie

    I’m a bit confused. Do they rewrite my letter and send it back, or are they just sending my letter? I don’t want to write in my handwriting and have my kids recognize it.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great question, Katie! ❤️ They will be sending back your letter.

    • Kristin

      I always type it out on the computer in really fancy font and print it out with a north pole letter head.

      • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

        Love that idea, Kristin! Thanks for the suggestion! 🥰

    • Melissa

      So send the 2 envelopes in the big envelope?

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