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How to Safely and Virtually Meet Santa This Year

Santa’s making his list and he’s checking it twice…for safety precautions. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visits with Santa look a little different. The kids might not be able to sit on Santa’s lap for a picture, but malls and other locations are ensuring they take all the proper safety measures, including socially distant Santa photos, masks, and plenty of hand sanitizer. You wouldn’t want your kids or the big man in red coming down with something right before the holidays!

If you’d prefer to avoid in-person interactions, there also are virtual ways your kids can meet Santa that are just as fun — and maybe even more special. Several companies are offering virtual visits with Santa, including Zoom calls, pre-recorded messages, and more. And, of course, kids can still write Santa a letter and mail it through the USPS.

Here are some fun and creative ways to virtually meet Santa this year:

Virtual Visits with Santa

JingleRing: You have an option for a recorded message or a live call with Santa that the whole family can get excited about. The experience is totally customizable; you’ll choose your preferences for ethnicity, language (including ASL), and faith. Sensitive Santa also is available for children with special needs. You’ll also get a photo from the call.

Macy’s SantalandThe famous Macy’s Santa won’t be available for in-person meetings this year, but the department store has created a virtual North Pole experience. Kids will be greeted by Santaland elves, given a tour of Santa’s workshop, and will get an interactive, virtual meet and greet with Santa (and a photo opp). There also are interactive games on the site.

Santa Calling: Presented by T-Mobile, you can schedule a free video call with Santa. You don’t have to be a T-Mobile customer to get in on this offer. After the call, T-Mobile will also send you a video recording of the call so you have it as a keepsake.

CameoCameo is the popular website used to book celebrities to send personalized messages to your friends, and Santa is among those celeb options! There are plenty of Santas to choose from, including a singing Santa, Australian Santa, and lady Santa.

My Santa SessionIf you’re a member of Sam’s Club, you can book a free five-minute video call with Santa. The visit can be personalized with the option to choose your Santa. You also can provide your child’s name and age ahead of time so Santa can directly address them.

Send a Letter to Santa

USPS Operation Santa: Since 1912, the USPS has allowed children to send letters to Santa and receive a personalized letter from the North Pole, and this year it’s more popular than ever. Children send a letter to Santa at 123 Elf Road, North Pole 88888. Here’s how it works behind the scenes: volunteers respond to children’s letters from “Santa” and often include one of the gifts they asked for.

Letters to Santa Online: Sign up on this website to receive a personalized photo from Santa. Your child will write Santa a letter and then they’ll receiver Santa’s photo in the mail. Bonus: the whole thing is free!

Package from SantaOrder your kid a package from Santa for an extra special surprise. Choose your personalized package from different price tiers. The special 2020 package edition includes a personalized Santa photo, a letter from Santa, a letter from Rudolph, a “nice list” certificate and book page, a window decal, and special holiday treats.

Julia Sayers Gokhale
Julia Sayers Gokhale, lifestyle writer and editor

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