He's making a list and checking it twice ... but he still needs to know what your kids want for Christmas! Luckily, the Santa Letter Program is back for another year at Canada Post, and they can help make sure your kiddo's note makes it all the way to the North Pole and into the hands of the Jolly Old Elf himself.
You can ignore the stamp in the picture above, because it's completely free to send a letter to Santa. No postage is required, so you can just drop it in a mailbox! But before you do that, there are a couple things you should know. First, Canada Post has set up two different programs: one for families and another for schools.
Writing personal letters to Santa
Parents, you can download one of these holiday letter templates or have your kiddo write a completely original note. Either way, Santa loves to hear about their favourite hobbies, books and, of course, what they want for Christmas. Santa and his elves will answer letters in 30 different languages (including braille), so don't feel that you have to write in English or French. He'll even send a reply to countries around the world!
Writing classroom letters to Santa
Teachers, your entire class can send letters to Santa and receive a special reply – and that's in addition to any personal letters your students might receive at home. Just download these school templates to get started. You can spend the period or an entire day putting together a note from the entire class or having students prepare individual letters to Santa, Mrs. Claus, his elves and the reindeer.
No one is too old for Santa, and he doesn't want anyone to miss out. Make sure you enclose all your class letters in one large envelope, along with a list of all your students' names (including any who were absent when you wrote the letters). Print and complete this checklist to include with your submission. Instead of mailing a personal reply for each student, Santa will send a personalized class poster, along with a gift.
What is Santa's mailing address?
If you've written to Santa before, his mailing address is the same as ever. He hasn't moved out of the North Pole, after all! No postage is required, unless you're sending a letter from a country other than Canada.
Of course, Santa knows where you live and where your kids go to school, but his elves might need a little help figuring out where to mail all his responses. Make sure you include your return address on your envelope, whether that's your home address (for parents) or the address of your school (for teachers).
What is the deadline for sending letters to Santa?
If you're a parent, guardian or an older child submitting a personal letter to Santa, make sure you mail it no later than Dec. 12, 2019 to receive a response. Santa and his elves get pretty busy right before Christmas, after all! If you're mailing a letter from another country, I'd recommend sending it even earlier, just to be safe.
Teachers and administrators, make sure you submit your classroom packages by Dec. 6, 2019 to receive a reply before your school (likely) begins the winter break. Unfortunately, not everything in the Christmas gift can be shipped internationally. Schools from other countries should also send their packages in ASAP.