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If your little ones are anxious to get a hold of Santa Claus this Christmas it’s now easier than ever with everything from Santa websites, apps, local Metro Detroit Santa mailboxes, and more! Check out these fun options for sending that ever-important Christmas wish list off to the North Pole.
Even with all of the available technology, one of my family’s favorite traditions is writing a letter to Santa. Nothing beats spending time with my little guy listening to all of his ideas to add to his list. The simplicity of addressing an envelope to the North Pole and dropping the finished product off in the mailbox can’t be beaten. Plus the preschool teacher in me adores this method since it makes for an easy and fun educational experience. Even if your littles can’t write yet, it’s still a great way for kids to learn letter recognition and pre-writing skills.
Metro Detroit Santa Mailboxes:
- Santa’s Mailbox (318 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor): Letters can be dropped off November 28 – December 14. Santa guarantees a reply to all letters that include a return address!
- Auburn Hills Address (3388 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills)
- Berkley Public Library (3155 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley): Beginning in early December the Santa mailbox will be located outside of the library. Letters dropped off will not receive a “return” letter from Santa.
- Santa Letters (1150 S. Canton Center, Canton): Residents can drop off a letter to Santa using the permanent ballot mailbox (formally the absentee ballot box). Print your name and address clearly so he may reply to your letter. Drop off will run November 11 – 30.
- Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch (16800 24 Mile Road, Macomb Twp): Runs thru December 13
- Birch Roots Santa Mailbox (141 W. Maple Rd, Birmingham): Drop your wishlist off at the Birch Roots Santa Mailbox located in downtown Birmingham. The mailbox will on display beginning after Thanksgiving. Please include your child’s name and a return address so that Santa can reply to your letter!
- Livonia Santa Mailbox (15100 Hubbard St, Livonia): Leave your postage-free letter with a return address for Santa in the special mailbox located in the Kirksey Recreation Center from Nov. 9 – Dec. 4.
- Downtown Northville (150 E. Main St., Northville): Visit Santa’s Mailbox in Town Square
- Downtown Rochester (339 S. Main Street, Rochester): Letters will be accepted November 20-December 11.
- Macy’s Big Red Letter Box: Visit your local Macy’s stores and drop off your child’s letter in the Big Red Letter Box! For every letter received Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
- Santa’s Mailbox (2427 West Road, Trenton): Letters can be dropped off November 16 – December 14, and Santa will respond to all letters that include a name, wish list, and return address.
- West Bloomfield Letters to Santa: Don’t mail your letter to Santa when you can drop it off in person! That’s right, meet Santa, give him your letter and he will have a goody bag for you. You might also get to meet some of his helpers.
- Village of Wolverine Lakes (425 Glengary Road, Wolverine Lake): Letters dropped off in Santa’s mailbox will be accepted through December 20.
Send a Letter from the Comfort of Your Own Home:
- Dear Santa Personalized Letters Santa Claus is preparing to load up his sleigh and head your way. Have your child write Santa a letter to help him decide what to leave under your tree. Santa will write a personalized letter back and send it all the way to your home from the North Pole! Letters must be in the mail by November 30!
- Greetings from the North Pole Post OfficeThe USPS offers this fun, low-cost option to send a letter to the North Pole. Parents have to put in a little bit of work this route but the end result is a response from Santa himself with a real North Pole postmark! All of the details can be found on their website. Act fast though because they recommend letters be in the mail by Monday, December 7.
- Email Santa: This free + fun website lets kids email the North Pole and also has a countdown to Christmas, a Santa tracker, and a naughty or nice list.
- Sealed by Santa: Although more expensive than any other option on this list, Sealed by Santa is the ultimate letter from Santa with packages including a personalized letter, an authentic envelope from the North Pole, reindeer food, a Santa ornament, and a phone call from Santa. Packages start at $14.95 and all come in adorable packaging from the North Pole.
In this modern-day of parenting, we’re lucky to have so many easy ways to help make the holiday season even more magical for children. I’ll never forget the first year Santa “called” our family. My son was in complete shock, speechless at times, and my husband and I had a good laugh watching his reaction to this magical experience. These are some of our favorite ways to call Santa this holiday season.
- The Original Santa Hotline (319) 527-2680: Kids are directly connected to Santa’s voicemail where they can leave him a personal message.
- Google Assistant: Say, “Hey Google, call Santa.” Kids will be connected with a fun and free interactive experience.
- Amazon Alexa: Say, “Alexa, talk to Santa Claus.” Kids are able to create a Christmas playlist with help from Santa himself. They can also ask, “Alexa, how many days until Christmas?”
- Message From Santa app: This adorable, free app is available for both iPhone and Android. It allows kids to call Santa directly or adults can set it up to have Santa call instead.
Make bedtime Christmas Eve a little easier and follow Santa’s late night journey around the world with a Santa Tracker app to make sure the littles are sound asleep before he arrives in Michigan.
About Ashley Hubbard Porter
Ashley Porter is a Chicago native who now calls Birmingham home. Ashley and her husband Mike and son Jake love attending local festivals, exploring Detroit’s diverse food scene, and venturing outside of Metro Detroit to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan. With a background in Early Childhood Education, Ashley loves connecting with and supporting families in her community, which is why she is so excited to be a part of LittleGuide Detroit.