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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.
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.
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. Below are some places where you can mail your letter to the Big Guy.
Local Metro Detroit Santa Mailboxes:
- Downtown Ann Arbor // 318 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor: All letters dropped off in the Santa mailbox by December 15 will receive a response from Santa
- Downtown Auburn Hills // 3388 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills
- Berkley Public Library // 3155 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley
- Clinton-Macomb Public Library North Branch // 16800 24 Mile Road, Macomb Twp.: Runs thru December 13
- Downtown Rochester // 339 S. Main Street, Rochester: Letters will be accepted until December 13 and Santa will respond to all letters
- City of Trenton Cultural Center // 2427 West Road, Trenton: Letters delivered by December 14 get a response from Santa.
- Village of Wolverine Lakes // 425 Glengary Road, Wolverine Lake: Letters dropped off in Santa’s mailbox will be accepted through December 20
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.
Greetings from the North Pole Post Office: The 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 Saturday, December 7.
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 $11.95 and all come in adorable packaging from the North Pole.
Send an Email
- Santa North Pole: Not only does this interactive website allow kids to email Santa but it’s also loaded with fun games.
- Email Santa: This is another easy way to email your child’s letter to Santa and even has a countdown to Christmas, a Santa tracker, and a naughty or nice list.
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.