How to Send Your Christmas Wish List to Santa

Every year as the holiday seasons approaches, children all over the world with visions of sugar plums dancing in their head, start drafting their Christmas wish list to send to Santa Claus. The question with all of these letters headed to the North Pole is, where do they actually go? Well, the secret is out! There is a Santa Claus and he does receive these letters and wish lists, and he will even send a reply!

We’ve got all of the answers to your questions and specific instructions to get your child’s list in the mail and off to Santa himself.little girl holding her letter to santa

Will Santa receive my Christmas wish list?

Yes! Santa receives your letters through the USPS program called Letters From Santa. The fantasy of Santa Claus is kept alive when your child receives a reply from Santa postmarked from the North Pole. There are a few key steps outlined by USPS to ensure that Santa receives your letter:

  1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Write a personalized response to your child’s letter and sign it “From Santa.”
  3. Insert both letters into an envelope, and address it to your child.
  4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
  5. Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
  6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address it to: NORTH POLE POSTMARK
    4141 POSTMARK DR
    ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
  7. Send letters early enough so that they are received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than December 15th.
santa's mailbox at the north pole for letter to santaUSPS offers a few other helpful tips for letter writing:
  • When responding as Santa, write on the back of your child’s letter to save paper. This will also help them remember what they wrote.
  • Personalize the response and highlight your child’s accomplishments. They might include academic or athletic wins, or even smaller things like completing chores around the house or being kind to their siblings.
  • USPS offers a template of letters from Santa that parents can personalize with their child’s name. This makes the process quick and simple.
Where will my letter go if it’s simply addressed to Santa Claus?

Well you’re in luck if your letter to Santa bears only his name! The little town of Santa Claus, Indiana has been receiving wish lists addressed to Santa Claus and responding to them since 1914! These letters arrive from all over the world. The 300 volunteer “elves” diligently reply to every single letter and sometimes as many as 2000 letters arrive per day!

A non-profit organization, called the Santa’s Elves Corporation, covers the cost of mailing out upwards of 200,000 Santa letters every Christmas season. Although there are around 5-6 printed responses, the thoughtful elves choose the response most suited to the child’s letter. A handwritten note addressing something specific mentioned by the child in their letter will also be included. All letters will be answered up until December 21st, even if it means working late into the night. These volunteers who travel from locations hours away to respond to these letters are truly a shining example of the holiday spirit and the meaning of giving at Christmas!family writing list to santa on the computer

Will Santa respond to my Christmas letter via email?

Yep…you bet! Santa is up-to-date on all of the latest technology and has his very own website and online mailroom. Kids can listen to a short audio message from Santa that explains how it works! All he needs is the child’s first name, the parent’s email address, and then you or your child can start typing up a Christmas wish list! Your child will be filled with delight when they get their very own email response back from Santa and his elves!

Can I help others by writing a letter to Santa?

Macy’s department stores has made it super simple to help those less fortunate with two easy options. Either drop your letter to Santa at your local Macy’s and place it in their big red letterbox or reach Santa online at For each letter collected in stores and online through Christmas Eve, Macy’s will donate $1 (up to $1 million) to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Letters to Santa and writing wish lists are a long standing tradition that gets little ones excited about the holidays. The best part of all is that it encourages good behavior. Santa knows if you’ve been good or bad so be good for goodness sake!

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