Loving mother helping her daughter write a letter to Santa.

Dear Santa, Thanks for Writing

Looking for a fun weekend activity to do with the kids this holiday season? Have them write a letter to Santa.

First and foremost, it’s time away from a screen (which we can all agree is a good thing). But it’s also a great way to get them to really think about what they want this year — because once it’s written and sent, it’s set it stone (so to speak).

You can encourage them to include artwork, and you can get the kids to compose their letters together to feed off of each other’s imaginations. Whether you do it with siblings, cousins or friends, you can subtly encourage a little friendly competition.

You can even join them and write your own letter to show them how valuable it can be. Plus, it gives you a chance to think about what you want this year — which is easy to forget when you’re focused on everyone else’s wish lists.

When you’re writing, go beyond the classic “I want” list and tell Santa what interests you, what you like to do and where you’d like to go.

If you’re not the best with words, draw. He’s good like that. And if your creative juices aren’t in exceptionally high supply, letterheads are available on the Canada Post website, along with other useful tips.

And thanks to Canada Post, there’s an exact address to send the letters:

Santa Claus

North Pole H0H 0H0


When you’re ready to mail, the Lottery Wicket on the concourse level here at Manulife Centre by the Bay Street entrance has a post office in it — one of our many conveniences.

Mail before December 16th and Santa will write back! Just make sure to include a return address so the elves know how to address the envelope.

Happy holidays, and happy writing!

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