Editor's note: this blog post was originally written in 2014 and has since been updated. Enjoy!
You can get a free Christmas Letter from Santa all the way from the North Pole!
The end of the year is a very busy time for Santa.
The elves are making all the toys, working long days and into the nights to make sure your presents arrive on time. Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer are preparing for their long journey, deciding what snacks to take and brushing up on their navigational skills.
Santa has been choosing all the wrapping paper for the year and Mrs Claus has been scolding him to eat less of the mince pies left out for him (as last year he may have put on a little extra weight).
Even though the North Pole is very far away, you can still write a Christmas Letter or Card to Santa - he loves to hear from you!
Royal Mail: Free Letter from Santa
Credit: Royal Mail
You can get a letter from Santa that'll only cost you the price of a stamp, thanks to Royal Mail. Send your letters to:
Make sure you have:
- Written to the correct address
- Used a stamped envelope
- Included your full name & address (so Santa can reply!)
For more information, take a look at the Write to Santa page on the Post Office website.
Want to make your letter extra special? Keep reading for free printable templates you can use.
It's worth noting that it is not guaranteed that every letter will get a reply from Santa, due to the large volumes that he receives. To help ensure you get a reply, make sure you send your letter in before the cut-off date.
Charity Letters from Santa
In the fun, festive period it is important to remember those less fortunate. Donation letters from Santa (with proceeds going towards a charity) are a great way for your little ones to get excited about Christmas, as well as thinking of those less fortunate than themselves.
National Society for the Protection of Children (NSPCC)
Each year, the NSPCC runs a Letter from Santa scheme, where your little one can receive a letter from Father Christmas for a small donation fee of £5. This money makes a huge difference to the charity and helps children across the UK have a magical Christmas. Letters are personalised for each child making this a really unique treat for your child.
Royal National Institue of Blind People (RNIB)
The RNIB run a similar program, where blind and partially sighted children can receive letters from Santa in their preferred format. The elves and fairies at the RNIB love making sure that Santa gets in touch with all children, so they help Santa send out replies in braille (contracted or uncontracted), large print or as an audio CD.
Send your letters to:
Make sure that the following information is included in the letter:
- Child's name, age and postal address
- Contact telephone number
- Whether the reply should be in English or Welsh
- What letter format you require
The closing date for letters is Saturday 1st December, so make sure yours is in before then to avoid disappointment.
While there is no cost for you to receive a letter from Santa, please help the RNIB to continue their work by making a donation. For more information take a look at the Letter from Santa page on their website.
East Anglia's Children Hospices (EACH)
EACH also run an annual scheme where children can receive a personalised letter from Santa, as well as a Christmas activity for them to complete, for a minimum donation of £5. Each donation will help to provide care and support to life-threatened children, young people and their families across East Anglia.
Find out more and Order Your Letter now on the EACH website.
Free Video & Calls from Santa
Portable North Pole is a free service that allows you to receive personalised videos and phone calls with the big man himself. Available on the computer as well as on an app, Portable North Pole is a great way to add a spot of magic to Christmas.
Plus it's not just for children! With PNP you can also get fun, personalised videos for adults too.
Why not check out the different videos and phone calls that are available and make this Christmas really special.
Free Printable Santa Letter Templates
To make your letter extra special to Father Christmas, why not use one of these great templates?
Spaceships and Laser Beams has found 20 Free Printable Letter to Santa Templates for you to enjoy. Some are blank to let your little one's imagination run wild, while others are fill-in-the-blank to help get them started.
Track Santa's Location on Christmas Eve
The fun continues on Christmas Eve as you can follow Santa's progress on the Google Santa Tracker. Daily activities are added every day in December for little ones to participate in, and on Christmas Eve they can follow Santa on Google Maps as he makes his journey around the world.
Have you got any free ways to get your little ones excited about Christmas? Please!