Even if you can’t have your one-on-one with Santa at the mall, you can still get your time with him. There are lots of fun options and we’ve rounded up our favorites right here, and many of them are free!

Keep scrolling to learn how to get in touch with Father Christmas with at the touch of your smartphone, web browser or even your home assistant!

Santa Hotline

It couldn’t get easier to call Santa: all you need is a phone to dial up Santa’s Hotline! This free, international number connects kids directly to a voicemail box where they can leave messages at the North Pole. Available throughout the United States (as well as 13 countries including France, Sweden and Australia), it’s a simple concept that will add that little extra pinch of magic dust to your holiday. Simply dial up +1-319-527-2680 or +1-712-770-4404 and get talking!

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Call Santa with Alexa

If you have an Echo Dot Kids or FreeTime on Alexa, all you have to say is “Alexa, call Santa.” You'll hear from elves, Jack Frost and even Santa himself! (Each time it may be different and you'll often get holiday jokes!). To make sure you're set up for FreeTime, in your Alexa app select the Devices icon, then select the compatible Alexa device for which you would like to enable Amazon FreeTime on Alexa. Then tap FreeTime and follow the on-screen prompts to complete your setup.

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Santa with Sam's Club

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17, Sam’s Club members can head to samsclub.com/santasession to book their live visit. Members will be able to choose from a diverse group of Santa’s and they can also enter kids’ details for a more personalized session with Santa. For each live video call, a photo and video will be provided to share with friends and family and via social. Sam’s Club encourages families to share their experience with #SamsSanta, so everyone can follow along.

Learn more here

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Kringle Mingle

From Nov. 27 to Dec. 22  families can schedule a time to visit Santa Claus virtually on kringleminglefun.com. Five different offerings, at five different price points, will be offered. Click here to see them all.

Ask Santa

For an AI experience this year, check out Ask Santa! Just create an account, ask a question either by typing or recording your question out loud. You can also have Santa ask kids questions, listen to Santa talk about reindeer and other North Pole news and more. It's super easy and a fun, at-home way to connect this year. It's totally free, but any donations made go directly to the American Heart Association.

Learn more at asksanta.com.


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Virtual Santa with Chatbooks

Chatbooks wants to make sure your kiddos get their Santa photos. Starting Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. PST, families can click here to reserve a free, 10-minute visit with Santa, to be held between Nov. 27. & Nov. 28, 2020. Chatbooks will get a photo of your kid "with" Santa and all attendees will receive a code so they can print their photo of Santa as a crd or put it in a Chatbook. 

Read more about it here. 

Message from Santa! App

The Message from Santa app has tons of features! Parents can help their kids start a video message from Santa, receive a phone call, call his voicemail and even text with the jolly old elf himself. This is a free app (with in-app purchases for additional features) and is available for iOS and Android devices.

Google Home Call Santa

Use your Google Assistant and Google Home device to call Santa! All you have to say is "Hey Google, call Santa" and you'll get to hear about how Santa Claus is busy rehearsing for a musical concert—but he only knows one song and needs your help! Kids can also make a call on a Smart Display to see the all the fun album covers from the North Pole bands.

Christmas Dialer

Has little Johnny and Susie been good this year? Now you can let Santa do the asking! When you use Christmas Dialer, you can choose for either Santa or one of his elves to place a call to your child. Select one of four different messages, including "be good," "on my list," "something special" or "sweet dreams." Parents can use the pre-populated messages or type their own and then place the call right away. 

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Portable North Pole

The Portable North Pole's website and mobile app let creative parents like yourself create customized Santa greetings on video to awe and excite your wee ones. With a few screen taps, answer questions about your child (or children—Santa can address your kids individually or as a group!) and upload some favorite pictures to create a charming message from St. Nick that arrives by email.

––Karly Wood



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