10 easy ways to reach Santa before Christmas
IT IS easier than ever for your little ones to get in touch with the big man in red this year.
Different apps, websites, friendly neighbours and local businesses make it possible for parents to keep the Christmas spirit alive.
Whether you're sticking to the traditional handwritten letter or looking for a new hi-tech option, read on for the 10 best ways to get hold of jolly Saint Nicholas.
1. Drop off a letter to George St
Santa's helpers, Bill and Barbara Doran, have set up a Christmas mailbox in their yard at 30 George St, Warwick.
Families can drop in letters addressed to Santa and the Dorans will ensure they get a response from the North Pole.
Mr Doran is a big fan of Christmas and feels the mailbox is a great way to share joy.
"It's the season for giving and I like to see the kids happy,” he said.
They have received over 40 letters so far and will close up shop this Friday 21.
Mrs Doran said everyone's letters have been just beautiful.
"No one has asked for anything outrageous,” she said.
One of the kindest requests they have received, is more water for farmers.
2. Go and see him in person
Santa is at Rose City Shoppingworld most days between now and Christmas.
Take the kids to meet him in person so they can share their gift ideas and get a photo.
Go to the Rose City website to check out the timetable.
3. Santa's mailbox at Rose City
Write a letter to Santa and drop it in the special mailbox at Rose City Shoppingworld.
If you want a personalised response, you only have a few days left, so get in fast.
4. Send a letter with Australia Post
Write a letter and address it to:
North Pole, PO Box 9999.
Take it down to the local post office box at 98 Palmerin St and drop the letter in Santa's personal mailbox.
It is too late in the month for Santa to reply although the elves at the North Pole are still keeping track.
5. Video call him
Contact Santa from the comfort of your own home using the Video Calls With Santa app.
Children can talk to Santa via video chat using one of the most popular apps in the world.
The calls are completely interactive and can be recorded, so you can keep the videos forever.
6. Email santa
If you're looking for a good website with lots of fun ways to interact with Santa, emailsanta.com.
There's a naughty or nice list, present counter, joke of the day and countdown clock.
You can also send Santa an email to make sure he receives it before the busy Christmas day.
There's also a link to a Santa blog with quizzes, stories, and gift ideas for Mum and Dad.
7. Report to his Elf on the Shelf
Adopt an elf this year so they can help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists by taking note of your child's daily Christmas adventures, and reporting back to the North Pole.
The elf returns to its family each morning and sits in a new spot, waiting for someone to spot them. Youngsters love to wake up and race around the house looking for their elf each morning.
You can order an elf at elfforchristmas.com.au or hunt one down at your closest department store.
8. Track Santa via NORAD
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been has been tracking Santa's whereabouts on Christmas Eve for over 60 years.
Explore the 2018 interactive North Pole via noradsanta.org to get a live stream on what everyone is up to.
Whilst you're waiting to see Santa's travels come December 24, click on the link in the meantime for a Christmas countdown, games and videos.
9. Follow him on Twitter
Santa, along with his 400k Twitter followers, have been counting down the days all December long.
Santa posts live updates twitter.com/officialsanta and regularly chats to Ms Claus and the reindeer.
Get the kids to follow his whereabouts on Christmas Eve or shoot over a quick tweet to find out if they're on the naughty or nice list this year.
10. Download a Santa app
icaughtsanta.com is a cool app that lets you upload a photo of your living room to prove Santa Claus was there.
The Portable North Pole app, portablenorthpole.com allows parents to get a video personalised to say your child's name and to show your child a photo of themselves in Santa's big book.
Another app is messagefromsanta.com
You can send Santa messages and pass on your child's present wish list.
There are options to personalise calls to Santa and give him all the necessary information of your child.