There are many, many sites where a child can email Santa, but some are either loaded with questionable ads, request too much personal information, or just flat out don't look that nice. Some have an "email Santa" option that just opens the computer's email client. What fun is that? The following sites have been vetted, tested, and found to be both safe and fun to use.
EmailSanta is a site full of other fun Santa-related games and activities, and the email Santa feature is nicely done. If you have a child who has a hard time coming up with what they'd like to say, EmailSanta is a good option because it's basically a fill-in-the-blank type of letter.
The child fills in their first name, state, country, whether they're a boy or girl (so this might be one to avoid if your child is nonbinary) and what they'd like for Christmas. They can stop there or add in more comments if they wish.
Once they submit, after a few short on-screen updates, a response from Santa will be available for them to view. The response they get will be somewhat customized based on the information they submitted, which is a nice touch.
There are a couple of drawbacks to this site, however. The ads are a bit invasive (particularly an ad where you will expect the "Send Letter" button to be, that looks like another button but is really an ad) and the design is a tiny bit outdated. On the plus size, it's available in multiple languages, and the little customized details in the letter the children get back is definitely a nice touch.
Elf HQ has a fairly minimal, but fun design to the site. Your child can add their first name, country, and a short message, and send it to Santa. This site doesn't provide a response, so this would be a good option for if your child isn't expecting one, or if the parents will provide their own response via a letter or other message.
Other fun features at the site include The Elf Code and The Elf Oath where kids can choose their own elf name and take a pledge to uphold a set of values related to the holiday, but also useful well beyond.
In addition to the easy to navigate design, this site is ad-free, so no chance of little ones clicking something they shouldn't. It also doesn't ask for a lot of personal information, so it's one of the safest sites for children to use. Elf HQ also includes a countdown to Christmas and a few other Santa-related activities.
Protecting Your Child's Privacy
If your child wants to e-mail Santa, there are some things you'll want to keep in mind.
- Provide only first names, and never include your full contact details, such as mailing address or telephone number.
- Ask your kids to show you their completed forms or letters before sending them, to make sure that they haven't given out too much information about themselves. You can never be too careful when allowing your youngsters online.
Send Santa an Email
E-mailing Santa can be a great way for you and your children to have some seasonal fun on the computer. Put on some festive music, grab a couple of holiday treats, and enjoy the various Christmas offerings that can be found online.