How to Get a Holiday Postmark on Your Christmas Cards

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 Sending and receiving Christmas cards is much beloved tradition, and a wonderful part of the holiday season. How fun is it to add a fun holiday postmark as an extra special touch?

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When I was researching how to do this, I discovered that there are a lot of US towns that have holiday names, and all of them will stamp your Christmas cards with their postmark, and send them on to your family & friends.  How fun is that?
Here’s the super fun holiday postmark from 2013 in Santa Claus, Indiana:

 2013-Santa-Claus-Postmark-1

 The process is actually pretty easy, you just need to allow a little extra time. All you need to do is enclose all of your stamped and addressed cards in another envelope or box labeled “Christmas re-mailing”, and address it to the postmaster in any of these towns.  Allow enough time for postmarking, re-mailing, and delivery.

 Click HERE OR HERE for a full list of holiday towns compiled by USPS.

For my Canadian friends, use this address:
Santa Claus
North Pole HOH OHO
CANADA
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I just love this idea, and I’m excited to send off my Christmas cards to get their holiday postmark.  Now to decide on which cute town I want to send them to…

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Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

7 thoughts on “How to Get a Holiday Postmark on Your Christmas Cards

  1. Dumb question, probably … do you pay postage to mail the package of cards to the Postmaster in one of these towns. Also is there a way to see what the postmark is before choosing a town?

    1. No a dumb question at all! Yes, you have to have postage on the big package full of your cards (that are also stamped) to get it mailed to the post office of choice. I don’t know if you can see them postmarks ahead of time–you would have to go to that individual post office website and see if they have it posted. Santa Claus, Indiana usually has theirs up, if I remember correctly.

  2. Thanks for this. I am getting ready to send out mines, just wondering which one to send it to too. I want to send a self address postcard to every city to see what they look like! It’ll be cool, especially if they change it up every year.

    1. I know! I wish there was a way to see all of them before sending them somewhere! Let me know where you send it!!

  3. So I send all my expensive photo cards to the city I choose and they stamp them with their logo and send them all on their way. How can they be trusted in doing this task when its the holiday season? What if they forget to send them on time or misplace my cards? How can I and others be guaranteed they will arrive on time to their final destination? It just me or am I being paranoid?

    1. I totally understand, and if you decided to do it, it would be putting your faith in what they’re offering. Obviously I can’t guarantee whether they will or won’t do it, or forget, but these towns seem to take a lot of pride in this service. In all my research, I never came across negative feedback from people, and I took that as a very good sign.

      You could always do a test one year, and send out just a couple of inexpensive cards to see if it worked! If you did it early enough in the season, you would probably have time to send your actual cards out if you were satisfied with the results.

      Good luck!!

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