Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! And the Postal Service™ can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with the North Pole Postmark! The Greetings from the North Pole Post Office program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for getting kids interested in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.
Follow these steps to ensure your children get a response letter from Santa:
- Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
- Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response. See our free personalized letter below.
- Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
- Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE to the envelope.
- Affix a First-Class Mail stamp to the envelope.
- Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate® envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE, AK 99530-9998
The recommended dates to mail your letter is between November 23 through December 1. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage, AK, will take care of the rest!
We know you want to make your child's Christmas special, but don't have all the time in the world. So we've made it easy for you to receive a personalized letter from Santa in your email. Just fill out a few questions, get the letter in your email, and print it out.
How to Write a Letter TO Santa
Sending a letter to Santa is easy if you know how. The Postal Service is here to help with printable paper and tips to help kids write and send the best letter ever. All the information you need to write a letter, address an envelope, put on a stamp and send it on its way can be found in the Postal Service’s Holiday Newsroom. These tips are also good all year-round for sending thank you cards, birthday cards, or a letter to Grandma and Grandpa just to say “hi.”
Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can also be found at the Holiday Newsroom.
Other Holiday Postmarks
Did you know that there are a lot of US towns with holiday names? Santa Claus, Indiana is one of the better known towns for creating an annual postmark. Santa Claus holiday postmark has become the most popular in the nation over the past two decades, receiving more than 400,000 requests for the postmark each year. Check their website for more information.
For a full list of towns with Christmas names, go to the U.S. Post Office site.