10-ish Places to Mail Your Letters to Santa - 510 Families

10-ish Places to Mail Your Letters to Santa

Parents, lean in, I can’t say this too loudly. There are many ways to handle your children’s letters to Santa Claus and they do not all involve special mailboxes to the North Pole. Then again, those adorable specially marked letterboxes are so freaking cute, you may not be able to help yourself.

This collection of Santa letterboxes is sponsored by Fourth Street Shops in Berkeley. Fourth Street also has spectacular holiday lights throughout the season, a “drive-through” parade where you stay in the car, Santa Visits, a virtual food drive, plentiful shops & restaurants, and wonderful events all December long. 

Find specially marked Santa Claus letterboxes in the East Bay

Santa mailbox on fourth street
Find the Post Box for Santa outside Peet’s Coffee | Photo: Luma Cortez for Fourth Street Shops

Fourth Street, Berkeley

Fourth Street has a special Santa mailbox near Peet’s Coffee (pick up your hot cocoa right there or walk to Artis!). You can’t miss it! Letters with a return address will receive a reply from Santa’s Elves! No charges. Santa Claus will be there with his sleigh on 12/23 from 1-4 pm with the elves. Details here.
1776 Fourth Street, Berkeley

Christmas Tree Lane, Alameda

Throughout the month of December, children can find the mailbox for Santa Claus in the median of Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda. No charge. And yes! You’ll get a magical letter back from Santa if you include a legible return address (as long as your letter is put in the box by December 21!) Oh, and it’s not exactly “on the way” but we like to swing by the Alameda In-n-Out for dinner and free cocoa if it is raining.
Christmas Tree Lane 3200 block of Thompson Ave, Alameda

5 Little Monkeys Toys & Gifts (5 East Bay locations)

Each Five Little Monkeys Toys & Gifts location has a North Pole Mailbox, and masked elves promise to deliver your letter.  See details.
1240 Solano Ave., Albany |1810 Fourth Street, Berkeley | 3527 Wilkinson Lane Lafayette | 1364 North Main Street, Walnut Creek | 719A Main Street Pleasanton

Piedmont Community Hall, Piedmont

Letters to Santa at the North Pole can be dropped in a special mailbox in front of Community Hall the day after Thanksgiving and beyond. If Santa is not too busy, he will try to answer the children’s letters.
711 Highland Ave, Piedmont

Orchard Nursery, Lafayette

On the front porch, look for a special post box for any children who wish to send letters to the Big Guy at the Lazy K Gift Shop. It looks like this. Close to the Lafayette Reservoir for playtime. Website >
4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette

Other clever ways to send your child’s mail to the North Pole

kid mailing letter
Drop your letter to Santa Claus in a regular mailbox and hope for the best | Photo: Anna Azimi

Just Keep it

Letters to Santa Claus written in a small child’s hand are almost too cute to send away. I always photograph them and I sometimes sneak them away into a special box in the back of my closet.

Just Mail it

Did you know that some of those North Pole letters sent through the USPS get answered with personalized letters and sometimes gifts? I didn’t know that. According to this article, there are thousands of volunteers who love to respond to hopeful children.


This collection of Santa letterboxes is sponsored by Fourth Street Shops in Berkeley.


Montclair Recreation Center, Oakland

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