It may just be the single most important piece of correspondence this year – the carefully crafted letter to Santa!  So with less than three weeks to go until Christmas, it’s important that your little ones get their letter posted no later than Friday 9 December 2016 in order to get a response from the big man himself!!

For 53 years, Santa’s team of helpers at Royal Mail have been helping to deliver many thousands of letters sent to him by children from all across the UK to one of their most special customers, Father Christmas.  To ensure Santa receives your letter on time, please make sure you write to him, using the correct address, on a stamped envelope.

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa’s Grotto,

Don’t forget Santa needs to know your full name and address to reply.

A time honoured tradition

Since 1963, Father Christmas’ team of Royal Mail elves have found that along with toys, children still ask for range of funny, touching and heart-warming requests.

Zac from Northampton said:

“Dear Santa, For Christmas please could I have a moustache, another moustache and a tiny moustache and a toy puppy with glasses, a moustache and a red t-shirt.”

Louie and Charlie from Essex said

“Our daddy is a fireman and sadly has to work on Christmas day so we were wondering if you and the reindeers would be able to deliver our presents a day earlier so that we can have our Christmas Day on Christmas Eve instead.”

Straight to Santa with the Santa Mail postbox

Royal Mail has also installed its first-ever special Santa Mail postbox in London, at Westfield Stratford City. It will be in place for children to post their letters to Santa from now until Friday 9 December 2016.

The postbox will be manned by some of Santa’s special elves and can be found between Boots and Lloyds Bank, near the Stratford International train station entrance.

Letters to Santa can be posted in the special post box between 10:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Saturday, and 10:00am to 6:00pm on Sundays, until 9 December 2016.  Children and adults are encouraged to take photos at the postbox with the elves and tweet them using #RMLetterToSanta

Christmas is a very busy time of year and Santa will respond to as many letters as possible, in between getting the sleigh ready for the long journey on Christmas Eve.