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How can my Child Contact Santa?

By Sherry Holetzky
Updated May 23, 2024
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If your child hasn’t had a chance to see Santa Claus to tell him what he or she wants for Christmas, don’t fret. Your little one can still get in touch with jolly old St. Nick, and there are many different ways to do so. They can write, call, or email, and you can also check with local merchants or the Chamber of Commerce for times and locations of his future visits.

To write a letter to Santa in the United States, visit the United States Postal Service (USPS) website for more information, or check with a United States Post Office near you for details. Letters mailed to the North Pole require special handling. You don’t want your letter to get lost, so be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Some offices also have special boxes just for these letters.

Aside from the Post Office, you can find many resources online where children can write to Santa, and receive a letter in return. You may have to register and perhaps pay a small fee for access, however. Many websites provide email access to him as well. Children should be supervised at all times when online and should be cautioned not to give out personally identifying information, even to Santa. If you are concerned about the reputation of a website or simply don’t have enough information about it to know if it’s a good one, consider having your child use the email option at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website.

If you and your kids don’t feel like writing, you can always pick up the phone and give St. Nick a call. He has many phone numbers, so you should have no problem locating one. You can look online or you can check with your local phone company, since many provide direct hotlines to the North Pole. Grown ups can hold onto the number just in case somebody is naughty.

As it gets closer to Christmas, Santa gets busier, so children may be connected to Mrs. Claus or one of the elves if he can’t come to the phone. That’s okay too, because their messages will still get through. These options also come in handy if a child forgets to add something to his or her wish list — there's no need for tears, just call to update the list as necessary. Some children do this many times before Christmas Eve arrives. Santa is always glad to hear from children, which is why there are so many ways to get in touch with him.

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Discussion Comments
By Perdido — On Jan 27, 2013

We can actually email Santa now? I didn't know that the North Pole had internet access! That's really cool.

I don't think that email could equal the charm of handwritten Santa Claus letters, though. Just seeing how much effort went into making those letters must warm his heart.

By feasting — On Jan 27, 2013

Santa makes all sorts of stops in our neighborhood in November and December. The kids line up to sit on his knee and tell him what they want for Christmas.

It's the most personal way to contact Santa. Letters can always get lost in the mail, but if you tell him in person what you want, you know that he has gotten your message.

By DylanB — On Jan 26, 2013

@orangey03 – Many newspapers will publish Santa letters for kids. In fact, all the elementary schools around here write letters in class, and then the teacher takes them to the newspaper office so that they can be published.

Santa makes sure to read the paper on the days when the letters will be published, so the kids can be sure that their requests will be seen.

The editor even makes sure that the people typing up the letters stay true to form and use all the misspellings and exact grammar that the children used in their letters. So, Santa gets to see the letters exactly as they were written.

By orangey03 — On Jan 25, 2013

Is there a way to get in touch with Santa that doesn't involve paying a fee or using a stamp? It just seems that there should be a way to write to him without having to pay. My child is too shy to talk to him on the phone or to visit him in person, so writing is our only option.

By latte31 — On Jan 29, 2011

Sunshine31 - I wanted to say that there is a really a cute site called Tel Santa that allows your child to call Santa toll free and tell him what they want for Christmas and he will send you an email with the actual wish that your child requested.

It is absolutely free and so cute.

By sunshine31 — On Jan 27, 2011

Sunny27 - I know that many malls offer pictures with Santa. These Santa visits are so fun. My children get so nervous when they talk to Santa.

I usually make Christmas cards out of the pictures and send them to family members during the holidays as our family Christmas card. They really come out nice.

By Sunny27 — On Jan 25, 2011

My children love the Santa tracker. We always check the Norad Santa tracker on Christmas Eve to see where Santa is.

They get so excited counting down when Santa will reach us.

They also really enjoy giving Santa a letter. This year we went to Macy’s and they had a little mailbox with a paper and pencil that allowed the children to fill out a letter for Santa and place it directly in the mailbox.

It really makes the Christmas holidays extra special when stores do this.

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