Nothing helps make the magic of Santa come to life like a letter from the big guy himself postmarked from the North Pole. Whether you have an Elf on the Shelf who has been reporting back to the jolly old elf or your little ones are awaiting a reply to their letter to Santa, you can have a letter sent to your Christmas angels postmarked North Pole via the United States Post Office.
Because even the post office believes in Santa (haven’t you ever seen Miracle on 34th Street?) it offers this service for free. (Well, you do have to pay postage…)
Here’s how “Letters From Santa” works:
- Write a letter to your child from Santa Claus and sign it “From Santa.”
- Insert the letter into an envelope addressed to your child with the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE.
- Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
- Place the envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address the larger envelope to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE, AK 99530-9998
- Your letter “From Santa” will be mailed back to your child, postmarked from the North Pole.
“Letters From Santa” must be mailed to the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than December 7. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest.
You can print up a plain letter on your computer or make the letter extra special with the free Letter from Santa template you can use to make your letter really magical.
Emilia Marcello says
thank you Emilia for your letter that I received the other day.
Myself and Mrs. Claus had a look through your request and we hope that we can bring you what you have asked for.
The elves will be busy trying to make all the nice things that you have asked for.
Keep up the good work in school and I hope you have a Merry Christmas
lots of Love
Is this address still active? the date above says 2012 just wanted to make sure. Thank you!
The program began in 1912, so I have no reason to believe that it wouldn’t be. I haven’t submitted my letter this year yet, but my girls got letters last year. 🙂 Merry Christmas!
this was on our local news channel the other day-we just sent ours off and are waiting our reply.
Yes, they still do it. Although the phone number for this Post Office is not working – -this info comes right off of the official USPS website
Is this site still active??
Yes! It is a program run by the Post Office and it has been run for years!
Interesting. I live in North Pole, AK (it’s real, look it up), and we get thousands and thousands of those letters through here every year. I don’t know if Anchorage sends them up here or not, but we’ve been doing this forever.
DARLA PACK says
Thank you. This is a great gift
Lorrina Baker says
We recieved a Santa letter from our 4 year old grandson so I wrote him back a letter from Santa & we also bought him oone of those Christmas calendars that you can count down ( with chocolate in the days) tge days until Christmas. May we send it with our letter to this Alaska address? If not I will have to figure out a way to send it . The calendar has to go with the letter because it was mentioned in it..
Also usually how long does it take the letter to get Alaska, them process it, & then them sending it ..
Thanks for your blog because I had bi idea you could do that & what surprises me us that it’s legit 😄
Hi Lorrina – The service for the post office is intended for letters, not packages. I can’t say for sure, but I don’t think sending a gift with the letter is a good idea. Letters must be postmarked by December 7 in order to be returned to the child in time. Although, this being 2020 I recommend sending it sooner rather than later.