Santa freebies 2021
Free letters from Santa, track Santa on Christmas Eve, personalised Santa videos and more
With Christmas around the corner, there are plenty of Santa-centric freebies about, designed to up the fun factor in the run-up to the big day.
You can track Santa's magic-infused, moonlit journey to the homes of good children across the world online on Christmas Eve, and right now you can send free personalised Santa videos.
Free personalised letters from Santa
The deadline for Braille, audio CD and large print letters has now ended. The deadline for email is
Wed 22 Dec
If you miss the postal deadline, you've an extra three weeks to send your letter by email and receive an email reply with a large print attachment. The deadline for email is Wed 22 Dec. Santa's RNIB email address is email@example.com.
For a suggested £5 donation to the NSPCC, you can personalise a letter from Santa for a loved one. There's eight themes to choose from, including ‘Baby’s first Christmas’ and ‘Christmas PJ party’.
The deadline for ordering your letter via post has now ended. The deadline for ordering online is
Tue 14 Dec
Donations support children in need by providing services like Childline. The letter, available in English or Welsh, will arrive in the post in time for Christmas. You can also order a letter online and the deadline for this is Tue 14 Dec.
Each year, Santa's elves at the Royal Mail can help you get a free letter from Santa, if you write to him by early December.
The deadline for posting your letter was
Fri 10 Dec
Royal Mail told us the deadline is 11.59pm on Friday 10 Dec, but advised that sooner is better for a good chance of getting a reply.
Technically, it isn't 100% free as you'll need to post your letter to Santa with a stamp (85p first class, 66p second). Just remember to include full names and address, so Santa knows where to send his reply.
It's also worth remembering things can go wrong, for instance when demand is very high, as we reported a few years ago in our Royal Mail fails to deliver news story. Royal Mail says it can't guarantee a reply, even if you've sent your letter nice and early.
So while a nice festive freebie, it's a good idea to prep kids for disappointment (just in case) by reminding them Santa's very busy – so may not write back to everyone. If this is the case, or you can't wait for Santa's reply, you can download a card for free, too.
Where to send your letters
Pop it in the post with a stamp on (remember the deadline is Fri 10 Dec), and address it to: Santa/Father Christmas, Santa's Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ.
Or in Welsh: Sion Corn, Ogof Sion Corn, Gwlad Y Ceirw, XM4 5HQ.
Personalised Santa videos
Now live: Portable North Pole free video
Each year, a website called Portable North Pole lets you send friends or family a free personalised video message from Santa – incredibly cute for kids to receive and potentially hilarious for grown-ups to exchange. It'll ask you to upload photos of yourself and the recipient, plus a picture of the gift they'd most like to receive for Christmas.
This year's free videos are now available, so click the link above to tailor yours
It only takes a few minutes to set up. Here's a still from one we made for Martin a couple of years ago:
IMPORTANT: The link above takes you to a range of videos on Portable North Pole – some are free, some cost money. So make sure you're looking at the free options if you don't want to pay – if at any point you're asked to enter payment info, go back and try again.
Track Santa on Christmas Eve
Starts 24 Dec: Free Norad Santa online tracking
Each year, free website Norad Santa opens its doors at the start of December to let families track Santa's progress as he visits the homes of good boys and girls on Christmas Eve.
There's even a free mobile app (available for iOS and Android) so you can check on Santa's whereabouts while on the move yourself.
While the location tracking element is only on Christmas Eve itself (Santa's exact location is top secret until then), there's a virtual Santa's Village for kids to explore right now - full of games, videos and music to keep them entertained in the lead up to Christmas.
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