Parents, listen up, 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
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 12/11, 12/12, 12/18, and 12/19. Details here.
1776 Fourth Street, Berkeley
Christmas Tree Lane, Alameda
Beginning Dec. 4 through Dec. 24, children can find the mailbox for Santa Claus in the median of Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda (which is nice because thanks to Covid, the man in red will NOT be stopping by there). No charge. 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 (3 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
1364 North Main Street, Walnut Creek
Macy’s at Bayfair Center, San Leandro
Now through Dec. 24, children can find the mailbox for Santa Claus right outside Macy’s at Entry 1 (by Ulta) at Bayfair. As a bonus, for every letter kids drop in the big red letterbox, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish. See details.
Bayfair Center, 15555 East 14th Street, San Leandro
Other clever ways to send your child’s mail to the North Pole
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.