If your kids are anything like mine, they’re already talking a lot about what they want for Christmas this year. My two are also super excited to write their letters to Santa next week — we have a family tradition of writing the letters during our family night the Monday after Thanksgiving.
My girls are getting old enough that they would be thrilled to get a letter back from Santa, not to mention that they love getting mail in general. So I decided to look into what it takes to actually get a reply from the North Pole. I found some helpful info from the U.S. Postal Service, which explains how to mail a reply letter from Santa with a real North Pole cancellation on the stamp.
First you need a letter written to your child and signed from Santa. You can create the letter yourself or download our free Letter From Santa Template. It is a Microsoft Word file so you can edit the text and personalize it.
Next you will need two envelopes — one that will fit inside of the other. Place the letter from Santa in the smaller envelope and seal. Address it to your child including your full address, and write a return address from “Santa Claus, North Pole.” Affix a first class stamp (be sure to use an actual stamp not a meter).
Put the smaller, addressed envelope inside the larger envelope and mail to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
Since things obviously get busy up at the North Pole, your Letter from Santa must arrive in Fairbanks, AK, before December 10. The post office recommends mailing by December 5.2