If you’re looking for anything other than information about Father Christmas, Santa, St Nicholas or indeed Santa Claus, you’re in the wrong place. This is the place to find out where to write to the big man, where to get a reply from, where to go and visit him and when.
Pen and Paper
1. You can pop into the children’s department at Knight & Lee, Southsea where I am reliably informed there is now a postbox for you to post your letters. Paper is provided there, but you can take your own letter. Provided you make sure you put an address on the letter, Father Christmas will send a reply.
2. If you need some Christmas Decorations (and who doesn’t have to buy just one more… every year) then head along to Mud Island Garden Centre where you can find a lovely Christmas Shop and a further postbox to Santa. Post by the 12th December 2013 to ensure you get a reply.
3. A further postbox can be found at Fareham Shopping Centre and the closing date to post at this box is the 18th December 2013 if you want to receive a response.
4. If you’d like to support a wonderful charity then you can write to FC through the NSPCC for a suggested donation of £5.
5. You can also write to Father Christmas through the Royal Mail:
Santa/Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ
Your child should be sent a pretty card and a Santa’s workshop scene to colour in. You’ll need to be quick though, these need to be in by the 6th December 2013. You should include your child’s name, gender, and of course, your address.
Personalised Video Message
You can also create a personalised video message for a child (or Adult). There are several options, but there is a basic free package. I had a play with this earlier, and the video message is instant. PNP do other things as well such as a game to download and letters at various prices.
You can visit Father Christmas at local shopping centres including Cascades, Fareham Shopping Centre and Whitely. He can also be found at Spinnaker Tower, Keydell Nursery, Uppark House, Staunton Country Park in Havant and Manor Farm & Country Park. You can also see Father Christmas on the 7th and 8th December only at Hinton Ampner.
If your child likes tractors then you should definitely look into taking them to see Father Christmas at the Queen Elizabeth Country park as the two hour session includes a tractor ride. Thomas the Tank Engine fans might enjoy seeing Santa on a steam train on the Watercress Line.
If you’re over Hayling Island way you might try to see him at Winter Wonderland.
On the 18th December 2013 you can also see him at Blooms and Balloons where he will be helping them to collect money for the Rowan’s Hospice, Naomi House and The Rotary.
You can listen to Father Christmas tell stories from his throne at the Groundlings Theatre on the 8th December entirely free.
Have a wonderful time.