Where to Write Letters to Santa {2017}

According to the popular song, Santa Claus knows who is naughty and who is nice but it doesn’t always hurt to remind him by sending him a letter. Luckily you don’t have to spend a fortune paying shipping costs to the North Pole as there are many places here in Lake County that will make sure the jolly old man receives them and you may even get a reply back.

Be sure to write them early, as many of these locales have deadlines if you want a reply.

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Lake County Santa Mailboxes

28 November- 19 December – Antioch
Santa has set up a mailbox outside of the Village Hall and right next to Santa’s Enchanted Village that sends all of the letters to the North Pole.  Please include a return address inside your letter so Santa knows where to mail a response to.  Don’t have time to make it out to his mailbox in Antioch? No problem, mail it from home to :

Santa’s Enchanted Village
c/o Antioch Parks Department
806 Holbek Dr.
Antioch, IL 60002

Now- 12 December – Barrington
The Park District has a special mailbox for letters heading to the North Pole. Send or drop off your child’s letter by December 12, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and we will make sure your letter makes it to Santa with enough time to write back.

Address all letters to:
The North Pole
c/o Barrington Park District
235 Lions Drive
Barrington, IL 60010

Now – 11 December- Buffalo Grove 
*Buffalo Grove Residents ONLY*
 Santa has made special arrangements with the Buffalo Grove Park District as a special helper to answer all letters from boys and girls in Buffalo Grove. Letters will be answered to each child who drops off a letter . Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Please Send Letters To:
Santa Claus
c/o Buffalo Grove Park District
530 Bernard Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Now- 18 December – Grayslake
Drop off your letter to Santa in Santa’s Mailbox  (located at the Recreation Center, 240 Commerce Drive) during business hours.
Remember to include your return address so Santa can write back!
Make sure your letter is in the box by Monday, December 18 so Santa has time to reply before Christmas. No postage necessary.

1-17 December- Lake Zurich
Let Santa knowif you have been naughty or nice this year and what you would like for Christmas. No postage is necessary! Santa
uses the United Elf Postal Service. Sorry we are unable
to return original letters. Please remember to include a return address for Santa to respond. Mailbox will be accepting letters from December 1st through December 17th. The mailbox is Downtown Lake Zurich, Rotary Park, 7 E. Main Street (near the holiday tree).

Now – 6 December – Lindenhurst
Santa will write a letter to each child who drops off a letter at the Lippert Community Center by December 6th.  Be sure to leave your return address.

Now – Christmas – Macy’s Stores
The North Pole is waiting! For every letter we receive, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Drop off a letter at your local Macy’s store or submit one online. While you will not get a letter back in return , you will receive the satisfaction of knowing your letter is helping sick kids.

Now- 8 December- Round LakeSanta loves to get letters from boys and girls who have been good all year long! Those wishing to send a letter to Santa should drop it off at Santa’s Mailbox located at the Robert W. Rolek Community Center between Nov. 1 and Dec. 8. Make sure all letters include an address so that Santa can respond by Dec. 24! No postage is necessary, Santa picks up all the letters himself. I do not live in Round Lake, but I have always mailed my son’s letters here and they have always found their way to Santa.

1 December- 15 December- Wauconda 
Santa wants to make sure he hears from all of the children in Wauconda, so he has added another mail box at the Community Center. Beginning December 1st through December 15th, you may drop off your letter to Santa in his special mailbox. Remember to include your name and address so Santa can write you back. No postage required.

Now- 8 December- Wildwood
It’s time to mail your letter to Santa and let him know how good you’ve been this year! Be sure to mail your letter off by Friday, December 8th so Santa has plenty of time to reply during his busiest time of the year. To help Santa out, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Please drop off your letter in our mailbox, or mail your letter to:

Santa, North Pole
c/o Wildwood Park District
33325 N. Sears Blvd.
Wildwood, Il. 60030

Now – 20 December- Winnetka
Santa’s elves will sneak into Winnetka and drop off this magical mailbox on Wednesday, November 22. Children can write to Santa and drop off their letters at his specially designated mailbox located on the southwest corner of Elm and Chestnut Streets in Winnetka (near the Post Office).Don’t forget to include names and a return address to ensure the elves know where to send Santa’s response!

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McHenry County Santa Mailboxes

Now- 15 December- McHenry
Your children will be thrilled to receive a letter from Santa Claus! Have a letter sent through the mail to your child or grandchild signed by the jolly ol’ fellow! Register each child individually – make sure to include the child’s address, city, state and zip code. Please register early to guarantee letters are received in time for Christmas! Each letter costs $1.50 .

Now- 8 December- Crystal Lake
Letters may be mailed or dropped off at Santa’s special mailbox. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope so Santa can send you a reply.

C/o Crystal Lake Park District
One East Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

20 November- 11 December  –WoodstockSanta loves to read letters from boys and girls who have been good all year! A special mailbox will be at the Woodstock Recreation Center for kids to drop off their letters for Santa starting November 20. Please be sure to include a return address so that Santa can
write back.

Santa Mailboxes

Around the Corner Candy
Our Santa Express Mailbox is back. Children can drop off their letters to Santa here. Santa will write back If you enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Can’t make it ? Mail letters to:

101 S. 1st St.
West Dundee, IL 60118

1 – 23 December – Santa Claus Museum
Though Santa and his Elves sure are busy this time of year, they always make time to write back to each and every letter. Just remember, letters must be received by December 21, 2017 to get a response from Santa Claus.  I sent my son’s letter a few years back and they sent his original letter back with a small handwritten note on the bottom of his letter.  Unfortunately we got kind of a grumpy elf who wrote a response back, so I am not sure I would recommend them . 

Mail your letters to:
Santa Claus at PO Box 1,
Santa Claus, IN 47579.

Now- 20 December- Wisconsin Carnival of Lights
Believers age 12 and under can write Santa a letter on the nights they cannot meet him in person and we’ll make sure he receives it. Santa then emails a personalized letter back to each child!You  can drop off your letter while you visit the Carnival of Lights in Wisconsin.  Or mail it in:

Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
8425 State Road 38
Caledonia, WI 53108

Now- 15 December –USPS
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with the North Pole Postmark Have your child put a letter in a large envelope addressed to Santa. Then when they are not around write a response to them from Santa, and stick that in a self addressed stamped envelope along with their letter. Your letter wil be delivered to your child later on.   “Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest. Mail all letters to:

North Pole Postmark
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998


Did we miss a mailbox? Let us know in the comments below! 



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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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