Santa Claus’ Main Post Office

Santa Claus' Main Post Office

Santa Claus’ Main Post Office

I’ve always loved Christmas. In grade school, I always wrote my annual letter to Santa professing just what a good girl I had been all year long and, please, wouldn’t he grant my wishes. My teacher would then send off the letters for the entire class. But where did all our letters go? To The Santa Claus’ Main Post Office at the Arctic Circle in Finland!

Christina the Elf reads letters from children around the world

Christina the Elf reads letters from children around the world

Jdombs-Travels-Santa-Post-Office-8My visit to The Santa Claus’ Main Post Office was the highlight of my visit to the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland. I spent the morning with Christina the Elf as she told me all about the letters Santa receives from all over the world and she even let me help out to open a few from children in the United States! The Santa Claus’ Main Post Office has received over 15 million letters from 198 countries since 1985. During the months of November and December, Santa receives around 32,000 letters daily. The most letters come from the United Kingdom, Italy, Romania, Poland, Finland, and Japan. Christina and the other elves first sort the letters by country and then open and read every single one all completely by hand.

Letters sorted by country

Letters sorted by country

The Santa Claus’ Main Post Office also has its own special Arctic Circle postmark. Each card, letter, or package mailed from The Santa Claus’ Main Post Office is stamped by hand with the special postmark. If you’re visiting at other times of the year, you can drop your postcards in the red mailbox to be held by the post office and then delivered just in time for Christmas.

Jdombs-Travels-Santa-Post-Office-7Each year Santa tries to respond to as many children as possible. Parents can help Santa out by requesting a letter from Santa. The letter is available in eleven different languages, including English, and the envelop bears the special Arctic Circle postmark and a Christmas stamp.

Cozy, fireside room

Cozy, fireside room

The longest letter written to Santa

The longest letter written to Santa

The fireside room at The Santa Claus’ Main Post Office is the perfect, cozy spot to write a letter to Santa and to look at a small exhibition of the letters, packages, and gifts that have been sent to Santa. The longest letter Santa ever received is on display; it was 1,355 feet long and came from Romania.

Jdombs-Travels-Santa-Post-Office-5Want to send your own letter to Santa? Write him at:

Santa Claus’ Main Post Office
Santa’s Workshop Village
96930 Arctic Circle

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Santa Claus’ Main Post Office

Comments

    • says

      I would definitely recommend to add it to your bucket list, Cathy! Such a fun experience to see the magic of children’s beliefs from all over the world. It really shows we’re all the same even if we don’t like to admit it.

  1. says

    How cute! They do something similar in the town of North Pole, Alaska – I guess there’s a dispute between the US and Finland on where Santa really lives. I guess if you want to be really safe, you can write to both. :D

    • says

      Funny enough, the letters that are written to North Pole, Alaska are also delivered the the Santa Claus Post Office in Finland. And I just recently learned that Santa Claus in the red suit was “invented” by a German!

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