The Write to Santa Program in Canada

Post Volunteers Help St. Nick Answer His Mail

a child writing a letter to Santa
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More than 6,000 Canada Post volunteers, both staff, and retirees help the Jolly Old Elf with Canada Post's Write to Santa program. Every year, over a million children from all around the world, take advantage of the program by writing to Santa and receiving a personal reply. Letters are answered in the language in which the letter was written, including Braille.

Requirements for Letters to Santa Via Canada Post

All mail should include a full return address so Santa can answer. Be sure to mail your letter so it gets to Santa before December 14. Santa's mailing address is:

Santa Claus
North Pole
H0H 0H0

No postage is required for letters to Santa from Canada. However, from other countries, you will need to mail them with the appropriate postage for your country to deliver the envelope to Canada where Santa and his helpers can receive it and reply.

Canada Post asks parents to make sure letters to Santa do not include treats for Santa, like cookies. For the fastest delivery to Canada from other countries, it's best to use standard sized envelopes and ensure you have placed the correct postage. Santa does not have an email address, according to Canada Post. You will need to send him paper mail.

Receiving a Reply From Santa

If you send your mail from Canada by early December, you should receive a reply in the mail by December 14, according to Canada Mail. If you don't get a reply, send another letter before December 14. Mail sent by December 14 should have a reply back to your child by December 24. Replies to other countries may take longer as they are dependent on the delivery by the mail systems of those countries. 

Getting Creative With Your Child's Letter to Santa

Santa and his helpers are happy to see your child's wish list. But you can enliven your letter with pictures, drawings, funny jokes, and stories telling about your child's favorite games, sports, friends, pets, and other details.

This helps brighten the mail and make it easier for Santa and his elves to craft a personal response that will delight your child. It can be a fun experience to help your child write the letter and explore what excites them and what they find most interesting in their lives.

Tips for Teachers

In order for Santa to write the best letters, his elves need some information about each child. Teachers may check with Media Relations at Canada Post to find templates and checklists to complete a class package of letters to Santa. Yearly requirements and tips are often released in mid-November. 

To make sure your students get a response before schools and daycares break for the holidays, mail your classroom letters by December 8. Note that this date may change from year to year, depending on where weekends fall and the volume of letters experienced.