Get your kids excited for the most magical time of the year by helping them write a letter to Santa. There are plenty of printable options online which are great if you’re on a budget. There’s also some brilliant Father Christmas letter kits on the market which will make this Christmas extra special. Some of these kits even include a reply!


Younger kids who don’t like writing will prefer a form with tick lists to help make it simple. Combined with special Santa artwork, the tickboxes make the process much more exciting..

If you want to get a reply in the post, the deadline is usually early December, so it’s best to start planning now. Take a look through our pick of the best Father Christmas letter templates and make this December the most magical one yet.

12 of the best Father Christmas letter templates

1. Talking Tables Christmas letter to Santa

Best for very young children

A letter to Santa is written on red pen in a childish hand on Santa's beard

Simple and straightforward, this letter to Santa kit is ideal for very young children. It has a tick list to say if they have been naughty or nice, and a list space for writing in their gift requests. There is a spot for them to sign at the bottom too

Add a stamp to the pre-adressed envelope and post before 10th December to receive a personalised reply from Santa!

Pros: Easy to use format, includes reply

Cons: You need to add a stamp, quite an expensive kit

2.Super Busy Mum’s free printable Father Christmas letter templates

Best for families who want a selection

A childwrtites their Christmas letter to sanatorium on a wooden table, with a pot of coloured pencils in a tardis pencil case alongside

These free printables from Super Busy Mum come with a choice of four different designs. One has room for a drawing rather than a letter to Fathers Christmas. There’s a mixture of tick lists with prompts and templates with ruled lines allowing your kids to write whatever they like.

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You get a great envelope to print and fold as part of the set too.

Pros: Choice of designs, options for all ages, free download

Cons: You need a colour printer to use them

3. Letter to Santa and from Santa kit

Best for two children families

blue bordered lines papers, a certificate with a piatcure of santa as the top, decorated envelopes and set of Chistmas stickers

This pack gives you two printed letters for your children to send to Father Christmas, plus a printed letter for you to write a reply. You get a Santa pencil and topper, and a printed envelope for the letters to Santa. Plus it comes with sticker sheet so your little ones can decorate their letters.

Your children will need to take it in turns to decorate and write their letters. Then pop the letters in the envelope and wait for Santa’s reply. Remember,there is only one reply letter in the pack so make this clear to siblings to avoid fighting!

Pros: Two letter pack, nice artwork, fun pencil, you write the reply

Cons: Single sticker sheet might cause arguments, you write the reply

4.20 free printable letters to Santa

Best for diversity and choice

two simple smiling Santas with white beards and pink cheeks

World of Printables have a choice of 20 free printable Father Christmas templates. Some are tick lists, some are forms with lines and some are just printed headers to go at the top of the page, as shown in our picture.

It’s great to get such a good selection as free downloads. We love the diversity in the Father Christmas designs on offer.

Pros: 20 designs to choice from, different skin tones available

Cons: You need a colour printer to use them

5.Letter to Santa template

Best for crafting at home

A cut out Father Christmas kingside Chris's letter with a pencil

You can download the free Father Christmas letter templates from abcs of literacy. You get a choice of letter with different levels of writing for all abilities, plus printable envelopes. There’s also a printable Santa to cut out and assemble. This is available in colour with different skin tones, or a line art version for your child to colour in.

It’s nice to have an extra craft project on offer alongside the letter writing with this free download. Abc of Literacy do ask for your email before you get the download, but putting in any email with appropriate email formatting will get you to the free printable. You don’t need to use your actual email if you don’t want to.

Pros: Craft project with step-by-step instructions on the website, the colour in Santa can be used with a black and white printer

Cons: It asks for an email address to release the printables

6. Colour your letter to Santa templates

Best for black and white printers

A border of printed nobles, angels and christmas trees has been coloured in with felt tips pens

There’s a choice of three different black and white line art designs to download for free. The Best ideas for kids have a snowmen, Christmas tree (pictured) or Santa and reindeer letter templates They’re all free to download from the website, with no purchase or email required.

Kids can have fun decorating them with any colouring or craft materials they want. Or send in black and white for a quick finish.

Pros: Colouring in element, suitable for black and white printers

Cons: Sized for America, so border will be smaller than UK A4

Editable Elf on the Shelf letter

All designs featured here are printable Father Christmas letter templates. But if your child has an Elf on the Shelf, and you’d like an Editable Elf on the Shelf letter instead, we think this one from HeliaDesignCo on Etsy is a great option.

7. Abeec Letter to Father Christmas writing set.

Best for building Christmas excitement

A set on santa stationary in reds and pink tones, along with a red Santa stop here door hanger

This brilliant specialised stationery set is perfect for building the Christmas magic with your child. Start by writing a wish list for Father Christmas on the pre-drawn lines on the printed letter. You get a special candy-cane-striped pencil with a Santa rubber in the pack. Decorate with the enclosed stickers and post it in the printed envelope.

On Christmas Eve, personalise and hang the Santa stop here door sign to show Father Christmas the way. Then write and post him a thankyou letter with the included thankyou card and envelope. Fun for all the family!

Pros: Easy to use, fun accessories in pack

Cons: You’ll need one kit per child

8. Pawprint Family Father Christmas letter template.

Best for British school groups

A green and red striped border surrounded a lined cereal section, with prompts to add personal details then a wishlist

If you have a large group of kids so need lots of letter templates, Pawprint Family has the download for you. Their simple template is free to download, or you can pay £1.50 to have a printed copy delivered if you can’t print yourself.

Its simple design means it works for all ages. We love seeing Father Christmas wording as an option.

Pros: Free to download, versatile, printed version can be purchased

Cons: No envelope or accessories

9. NurtureStore printable letter to Santa

Best for choice of greetings

A white letter with red lines, springs of holly and a stocking sit on a gold sparkly surface

If you want to be able to choose either a Dear Santa or Dear Father Christmas greeting, here is a good option from NurtureStore. It is free to download and print.

Why not print out the Dear Santa and the Dear Father Christmas options, and let your kids decide which they prefer?

Pros: Free to download, versatile, choice of greeting

Cons: No envelope or accessories

9. Petit Fernand free printable letter to Santa template

Best for pretty artwork

the letter to Father Christmas has a pale brown background with white boxes for answering questions and writing a wishlist

We love the contemporary style of this free printable letter to Santa.Petit Fernand’s letter template works for both genders and is super simple. Help your kids fill out the form and use its wish list prompts to talk about all things festive!

Pros: Free to download, contemporary artwork, versatile

Cons: You need to give your email to get the download

You’ll love our Santa’s workshop printables

Dress up Santa in different outfits, decoupage his workshop door and make an exploding box card with these brilliant creative printables. Check out our fun and free Santa’s workshop printables.

10. Print at home letter to Father Christmas

Best for consistent style of designs

coloured pens sit across the letter to Santa, which has a dotted red and white background with a big santa face where you write on his beard

The artwork in this digital download gives you a matching letter and envelope, both with a happy Father Christmas face. It comes in sizes that will work on British and American printers, and with a choice of wording, too.

Pros: Contemporary artwork, versatile, gender neutral

Cons: There is a charge for this download

11. Crayola wishlist to Santa colouring page

Best for fun colouring and drawing

This black and white line any has a santa and sleigh silhouette at the top, with a scroll effect for the bit you write on and an oval frame shape to draw a photo

Unsurprisingly, Crayola’s free printable letter template is crying out to have colour added! As well as a simple form prompting answers, there's space for drawing a picture too.

Pros: Works with black and white printer, gender neutral, craft activity

Cons: Sized for US paper but will still fit on A4

12. Free printable letter to Santa template for kids

Best for versatility

A borders of candy canes and holly surrounds a lines section for writing in the modddle, with a dear santa greeting printed at the top

This easy-to-colour border and lines to write on makes this a really simple and versatile letter to fill in. We love that this Father Christmas template won’t use up too much ink in your home printer, allowing you to print off more Christmas cards!

Pros: Works with black and white printer, gender neutral, colouring, free to download

Cons: Very young children will struggle with open-ended letter writing

Simple crafts will build Christmas magic

The process of writing to Santa and imagining him visiting your home on Christmas Eve makes the magic of Christmas come alive for kids. It’s more than presents under the tree. It’s about sharing the traditions and celebrations we remember from our own childhoods and spreading festive joy with a new generation.

Craft brings families together, and Christmas is the perfect opportunity for this. Spend quality time crafting with your family and build memories they will be able to share with their own children one day.


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Hannah BellisKnitting Editor, Gathered

Hannah has worked on Gathered for 3 years, since our launch in 2019. At school Hannah learned to knit collaborating on dorcas blankets – now she edits our knitting section. She inherited her love of stitching and embroidery from her talented grandmother, and her passion for thread led her to be Editor of The World of Cross Stitching for six years. Card making is a more recent passion, developing from her position as editor of Cross Stitch Card Shop. She loves using kinetic techniques to make cards that move – she was editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine for over four years, creating loads of card making video tutorials at

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