Here’s how to get a letter from Santa with a North Pole postmark mailed to your kids!

Christmas is a special time. Last minute shopping for that person you totally forgot about, packed stores, busy streets, and snowbirds running amuck. As stressful as it can be, there are always moments that make all the craziness worth it.

One sure fire way to lighten up the season is for your little ones to receive a real piece of mail from the big guy himself. Santa Claus. King of the North Pole! USPS has a super great holiday tradition called “Letters from Santa”. Your child will receive a personalized letter from Santa, with a super legit North Pole postmark and everything!

Take note of the deadline, as it is fast approaching. Had I thought to write about this earlier, I would have. Obviously that was not the case. Here’s to hoping your letters get out to Alaska on time!

The process (via USPS):

  • Have the child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  • Write a personalized response to the child’s letter and sign it “From Santa.” See sample responses from Santa.
  • Insert both letters into an envelope, and address it to the child.
  • Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
  • Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
  • Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address it to:

ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

Letters from Santa must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than December 15. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage, AK, will take care of the rest!

Merry Christmas!