Parcel Force's letter to Santa

How to send a letter to Father Christmas

Make sure you’re top of Santa’s list by using the Royal Mail/Parcel Force to get in touch with him this Christmas.

Writing to Santa

Father Christmas has asked all good boys and girls to write their letters and post them to him at the North Pole by Friday 8 December.

His elves at Royal Mail will help deal with the thousands of letters heading Santa’s way over the next six weeks – a special tradition which is now in its 54th year.

To make sure your letter reaches him in time, pop it in a stamped envelope by Friday 8 December and send to:

Santa/Father Christmas
Santa’s Grotto

Replies from Santa

Don’t forget to include your full name and address when telling Santa what you would like under the Christmas tree as, every year, some lucky children get a reply to their letter.

As Santa and his helpers are busy getting all the presents ready for Christmas Eve, not every letter can get a response, but he always does his best to fit in as many as possible.

Remember – don’t forget to include a stamp on your envelope, and your own name and address with your letter, so Santa knows how to get in touch with you!

Top requests to Santa

Over the years, Santa has received lots of requests for toys, games and gadgets, as well as some more unusual presents.

Special requests include sending gifts to charities and hospitals, providing food for the homeless and even moving Christmas to a different day altogether so family and friends can celebrate the season together.

Father Christmas also receives lots of gifts along with his letters, including mince pies, sweets and carrots for Rudolph and the other reindeers.

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Christmas Postal Advice 2017

Christmas is by far the busiest time of the year for the postal service. On top of all the people sending cards and gifts to loved ones, there’s a huge increase in items ordered online. This year Christmas Day falls on a Monday, so there will be no post of Christmas Eve. So when is the last posting day for Christmas? How late you can post something and have it delivered to the recipient before Christmas Day depends on where you are sending it to and how much you are willing to spend. If you are posting abroad then it may already be too late to use some economy services. The last day for the economy service to Africa and the Middle East is 16th November, but for the rest of the world the ship has, quite literally, sailed.
There is still time to use International standard and international tracked services. For Africa and the Middle East you must post by 2nd December, which s a Saturday. Wednesday 6th December is the last day for Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, and most of Eastern Europe. If you are posting to the Caribbean, or to Central and South America then you must have sent the package by Thursday 7th December. The last service for Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand goes on Saturday 9th December. Wednesday 13th December is the last call for Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland. The following day, Thursday 14th December, is the last posting day for Canada, Finland, Sweden and the USA. Friday 15th December is the deadline for Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. And finally, if you are posting to Belgium, France, Ireland or Luxembourg you have until Saturday 16th December.

The rules are different of you are posting to a forces address using BFPO, the deadline is Monday 11th December for static and Monday 27th November for operational HM Forces. If you are posting in the UK you have a choice of postal options. Royal Mail and Parcel Force Worldwide aims to deliver first class letters by the next working day, and second class in two or three. However this is not guaranteed and in busy times (like Christmas) it may take longer. To guarantee a delivery date you must pay for a signed for or special deliver service. That said Royal Mail and Parcel Force have given the date of Wednesday 20th December as the last posting date for both 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For, and the following day, Thursday 21st December, as the last date for 1st Class, 1st Class Signed For, and Special Delivery Guaranteed. If you want to post on Friday 22nd December that you will have to pay for Special Delivery Guaranteed Saturday Delivery if you want it there by the big day. After the 22nd you are too late to use Parcel Force Worldwide service, so if you want it there by the 25th you will have to find a reindeer and get it there yourself!