7 best ways to get hold of Santa this Christmas
IN THE digital age, it's comforting for families to know that Santa is keeping up with the times.
While he'll always be available via the traditional method of a good old handwritten letter, parents and kids can now also text, email, make a phone call and even video call the jolly fat man.
There are even apps parents can have all year round that can simulate an incoming phone call from Santa if the kids are getting a little out of line.
Here are the 7 best ways to get hold of Santa:
1: Santa's mailbox at Rose City
Get down to Rose City Shoppingworld and write a letter. Pop it in the special Santa mailbox before December 19 and he'll get back to you with a personalised response.
2: Go and talk to him
Santa will be in the Rose City Shoppingworld most days between now and Christmas.
Take the kids in so they can meet his, grab a photo and tell his exactly what they want.
Check out the timetable here.
3: Send a letter with Australia Post
Write a letter and address it to:
North Pole, PO Box 9999.
Then head into your local post office and drop the letter in the special Santa's mailbox.
To ensure Santa can reply, please attach a 65 cent stamp on your envelope and include a return address on the back.
Kids can also track their Santa letter online using Australia Post's Interactive Santa MAil Tracker - https://auspost.com.au/about-us/corporate-responsibility/education/santa-mail/track-letter
Make sure letters are posted by December 15 so Santa can reply.
4: Call him
Kids all over the world can ring Santa on a special number.
For Aussie kids, the number is 02 6194 9939.
Just call the number listed above and wait for Santa to pick up the phone.
Have your child leave a message for Santa.
Then pass the phone around and share the holiday cheer with the whole family!
*Standard calling charges may apply.
5: Santa apps
There are so many apps to keep the spirit of Christmas well and truly alive. Make sure you check them out first though.
One favourite is the Portable North Pole app.
Through this app and website, parents can send their kid's personalised videos direct from the North Pole.
Video messages are free, but for an additional fee parents can buy their child more detailed personalisations, views of Santa's village and news of whether they are on the naughty or nice list this year.
Another app is Message from Santa!
You can send Santa messages and get an instant response, there are unlimited personalised calls to Santa and you can even call his voicemail and leave messages, like your child's present wishlist.
Another good one is Santa's Magic Phone.
Parents who download the Santa's Magic Phone app can let their kids call or text message Santa, or contact Santa themselves to report their kids' good or bad behavior. And, parents can choose the nature of Santa's "calls," from telling a kid they have been taken off the naughty list to congratulating a child on being polite.
6: Track Santa via NORAD
For more than 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa's whereabouts on Christmas Eve using a myriad of data collection tools, ranging from satellites to jet fighters.
The 2017 NORAD Tracks Santa website and apps are live now, offering a Christmas countdown, games and other activities, in addition to NORAD's iconic reports on Santa's travels come December 24.
7: Email Santa
Here is a fantastic website with lots of cool ways to interact with Santa this Christmas.
There's a countdown clock, a naughty or nice list or you can simply send Santa an email.
There's also an official Santa blog so you can keep up to date with what he's up to.
Yesterday in Rose City Shoppingworld, making absolutely sure Santa was getting the message was eight-year-old Cohen Purkis and his 10-year-old brother Khy.
"We've already texted Santa," Khy said.
"But we'll write him a letter now as well."
The boys' mum Rebecca Smith said it was good to know Santa was keeping up with the technology.
"We got a text from him the other night," she said.
"Cohen didn't believe me and his eyes almost fell out of his head when I showed him. So we were having a bit of a chat to him and he was getting straight back to us."
Ms Smith said Santa was telling the boys to behave and to make sure they kept the house clean.
"He wanted to make sure there was no mess when he arrives on Christmas Eve," she said.
"So the boys will have to make sure that happens, I don't want Santa tripping and falling, you know what liability is like these days."
"And he's also got an email address if you want to get in touch that way."
Children have until December 19 to post their letters at Rose City.
Santa will personally reply to every one.
If parents don't mind having Santa around all year, they can search for Santa in the relevant phone or tablet app store. It's worth checking what ads and in-app purchases might be on offer. And who might be talking to your children.