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6 COVID-Proof Ways to Connect With Santa This Year (Including Giving Him a Call… for Free!)

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Connect with Santa safely this Christmas!

To the great relief of children everywhere, Santa Claus has been designated an essential worker and Christmas 2020 will go on as scheduled! We’ll all need to work together to keep Santa healthy for the big day, though. Ol’ St. Nick will be taking COVID precautions this year since he does have a couple of risk factors to consider.

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While he may still be appearing in socially-distant settings in some areas, many families will be looking for other ways of how to call Santa this year. Thankfully, the North Pole has excellent WiFi and there are several virtual alternatives to traditional Santa visits this year! 🎅

Here are 6 ways your family can interact with Santa from home this year:


1. Enjoy a FREE virtual visit to Macy’s Santaland.

From Friday, November 27 through Thursday, December 24, Macy’s Santaland at Home will be available online seven days a week. Up to three children can participate in this interactive, virtual experience at one time, and reservations are not needed.

Each visit includes a chance to share your wishlist with Santa and take a selfie with him. Head on over here to learn more!

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2. Sam’s Club members can book a FREE video chat with Santa.

If you’re a Sam’s Club member with a photo account, you can schedule a free online visit with Santa through the Sam’s Club website. You’ll get to choose the date, the time, and the Santa that best suits your family. You can also provide your child’s name and age before the session to help Santa get the conversation started.

Note that only one Santa session per family is allowed, so if you’re scheduling for more than one child you’ll want to include all of their names when you reserve your time slot.

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3. Get a FREE personalized phone call or video from Santa. is a paid Santa Letter & Package delivery service that sends an authentic North Pole package directly to your child. This service also offers a couple of free options, including a FREE personalized phone message from Santa when you download the app.

You can also customize a FREE personalized video message for your child from Santa. This video will be ready in about an hour for you to download and watch up to three times.

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4. Schedule a JingleRing.

JingleRing is a paid service you can use to schedule a live video call with Santa. Packages start at $24.95 and families can customize Santa’s ethnicity, his language (including ASL), and his faith.

JingleRing’s Santa visits average 10-20 minutes in length, but you can upgrade your session to include storytime or an appearance from Mrs. Claus for an extra charge. The price of any Jingle Ring package also includes a video recording and a photo from your call.

For a limited time, save 20% off your Santa session with promo code NICELIST at checkout!

video chatting with Santa

5. Book a Zoom meeting with Santa though Live Calls With Santa.

Live Calls With Santa is a paid service that you can use to book a live Zoom call with Santa. You can customize your experience so that Santa will greet your child by name and talks to them about their interests.

Base packages start at $19.95 and include a live 5-minute video chat with Santa from his workshop at the North Pole. You can upgrade your package to include a video recording of your chat, a fully edited highlight reel, and more.

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6. Write Santa a letter.

This time-tested tradition has been the most popular method of contacting Santa for generations, and it’s still a COVID-safe and totally FREE activity that you can do from home. Download our FREE North Pole letterhead and make sure your child gets a reply from Santa!

Simplify your family’s Christmas with this meaningful idea!

Join The Discussion

Comments 9

  1. huertac1

    Thanks so much. We are nonessential lockdown again here in MI. I was looking for a way for the kids to see Santa still. ❤️

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome!

  2. SteffiP

    I just signed up for the Sam’s Club one. Thank you so much for this. There is a box you can put in a message to Santa so he is able to know something about the kids for during the call. I hope this is as magical as I am imagining.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cute! You’re very welcome!

  3. klemetson101

    We did this for our daughter when she was little (currently 11) and it was amazing. She was always worried she’d land on the naughty list (she never would in a million years, her brother is another story) an this was a quick way to ease that anxiety. Besides that the quality of the video was great. I’d send a copy to my parents so they could see it. My mon would always cry. A great freebie for sure. We upgraded but either way, a wonderful memory she still talks about.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You had me laughing about her brother! Sounds like my house. I’m glad this worked so well for you!

  4. jules371

    Another fun thing to do if you have a vehicle equipped with OnStar you can press the button on Christmas Eve and the live advisors can update your kids on Santa’s location around the globe. The advisors are great with the kids and make it fun for everyone. We usually put on pajamas and hop in the car in the driveway for an update.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s so cool! Thanks, jules371!

    • MaaMaaBear

      so cute!! thanks for sharing!!!!

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