How To Send Letters To Santa & Get a Reply!

All the details on writing letters to Santa, where to send them to, and how to get a reply. Such a fun Christmas tradition with kids!

My kids LOVE to write letters to Santa Claus, and what could be more fun than actually receiving a reply? It’s absolutely one of our family’s favorite traditions. Seeing my kids’ faces, when they open the mailbox and see a letter with their name on it from Santa? It’s the best thing ever! It’s really easy to do, and I’ve got all the info you need.

How to write a letter to Santa

Christmas is such a magical time, and the perfect season for family activities and traditions. We have many we love at our house, like cutting down our Christmas tree, reading a Christmas book every night, and making homemade cinnamon ornaments. At the top of our must-do list is writing letters to Santa, and the very best part is when the kids get their own letter back! It’s easy to do and there are several options, depending on what you are looking for.

I have information for receiving a reply to letters, Santa’s address for letters to him only, and even an email address if you want to go digital. Information is included for sending letters to Santa from Canada, the UK, and the United States.

Where to send a letter to get a reply from Santa

Santa Claus, Indiana responds to children’s letters, and he museum director sent this important information:

Hi All,

Merry Christmas! I am the Director at the Santa Claus Museum & Village and one of Santa’s Elves. I just wanted to encourage everyone to get those letters in by December 20 – the earlier, the better! The Elves get pretty overwhelmed close to the deadline. We do try to respond to every child who sends a letter, though sometimes there are problems if the return address is not legible. So make sure there is a clear return address listed. And these letters are all free, though we certainly welcome donations! We’re a small non-profit with volunteer Elves and every little bit helps. If you have any questions or need more information, check out our website. There is also a link for “print at home” letters if you would prefer to do that rather than mail a letter to us. You can also give us a call at 812-544-2434.

Santa Claus
P.O. Box 1
Santa Claus, IN

Mailing Santa letters in Canada

Canada Post

 Checklist from their website: 

  • Postage isn’t required for the return letter—they want every child to get a letter back! (I’m sure if you wanted to include extra stamps, they would love that too!)
  • Mail your letters by December 9th.
  • Make sure to include your full return address.

Santa’s address is:

Santa Claus
North Pole
H0H 0H0

Mailing letters to Santa in the UK

 Royal Mail

 Checklist from their website:

  • Mail your letters by December 6th
  • Make sure your letter is stamped, and includes child’s full name and address

Santa/Father Christmas
Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s address for letters with no reply

Santa Claus
North Pole,
Alaska 99705

Santa Claus
North Pole,
New York, 12946

Email Santa (last minute letters too!)


Have your kids written to Santa and received a reply? Yes! We’ve done this for many years, and always receive replies. I have six children, and each of them get their own unique letter. It’s a highlight of the season.

Do the reply letters cost any money? None of the options above have a cost to send a reply letter, but most do require return postage to be included.

What are my last-minute options? If you’ve missed the mailing deadlines to receive a return letter, I would suggest sending an email to Santa. He will reply quickly, and you can send them anytime!

You’ll have to let me know if you get a letter back–I would love to hear about it! We received letters back for each of our kids, and they absolutely loved it.  It was definitely one of the highlights of the season!

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*Originally posted November 2013.

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