Writing letters to Santa Claus has been a Christmas tradition for children for many years. To brighten the Holiday spirits, many parents and grandparents send kids a "reply" from Santa complete with a postmark from North Pole, where the beloved Christmas icon is known to live and work.
This tradition has been made possible with the United States Post Office offering North Pole postmarks (often called a Cancellation Mark) on holiday mails. This service is free of charge. To receive the North Pole postmark on your holiday cards, follow these USPS instructions:
Purchase stamps at any Post Office.
- Affix the stamps of your choice to the envelopes.
- Address the sealed envelopes, with the cards enclosed, to those on your mailing list.
- Mail the cards in a larger envelope, box, Priority Mail, or Express Mail package to:
NORTH POLE HOLIDAY CANCELLATION
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
To ensure delivery by Christmas, all requests for North Pole postmark must be received in Anchorage by Dec. 15, 2016.