Santa FAQs

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Santa Claus.

Santa Claus FAQs

Santa Claus lives in the North Pole, which is the northernmost point on the planet Earth.

The North Pole is also where Santa’s Workshop is located.

Santa Claus lives in the North Pole

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Santa’s sleigh has many engineering secrets that have not been shared with the public, including its actual size. However, thanks to photos and videos, we can make some estimates.

The actual sleigh itself is estimated to be anywhere from 25 to 35 feet long, minus the reindeer. If you add in the reindeer, then the sleigh and reindeer together are about 60 to 70 feet long. The maximum load that Santa’s Sleigh can carry is unknown but given how many gifts are delivered on Christmas Eve it is in the thousands, at a minimum.

How big is Santa's sleigh?

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How does Santa's sleigh fly?

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There are a number of reasons why Santa Claus wears a hat. First, the hat goes with the rest of Santa’s suit. Second, and more importantly, the hat keeps Santa warm.

Why does Santa wear a hat?

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Santa Claus does occasionally wear glasses, but he doesn’t need to wear them all the time. The glasses help Santa to see things close up by magnifying the object or text. That way Santa doesn’t have to strain his eyes.

Does Santa wear glasses?

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It is well known that Santa Claus lives in the North Pole.

If you are planning to write a letter to Santa, you should place it in an envelope addressed to:

Santa Claus, North Pole

Your post office will make sure the letter gets delivered.

What is Santa's address?

Parents: For more information, you can check with your local post office or the postal service online.

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Whether Santa’s real name is Santa Claus or Kris Kringle or another name is up for debate.

What we do know is that Santa Claus is a jolly man, filled with joy and happiness.

What is Santa's real name?

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Santa goes by many different names including Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Santa, Santa Claus and Santy.

By Elena Chochkova (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Elena Chochkova (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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A lot of people around the world have middle names, and  Santa has been called a lot of different names like “Kris Kringle”.

But according to name experts, Santa Claus has no middle name.

By Glogger (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons

By Glogger (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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While Santa’s exact birthday is unknown, records indicate Santa may have been born around 280 A.D.

If that’s the case, that would make Santa over 1,700 years old this year.

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That is a heck of a lot of birthday candles.

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Just how old is Santa Claus? Santa’s birthday is known to be somewhere around 280 AD, making him at least 1,700 years old.

Santa Claus Portrait

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Don’t worry, Santa Claus knows where you live. He keeps a list, and checks it twice.

Does Santa know where I live?

Santa’s Safety Tip: Never give out your address. You should always check with an adult before giving out any information about yourself on the internet.

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Getting down the chimney is simpler than you think for Santa.

If Santa Claus can fit in your chimney, he climbs down. Sometimes he drops a rope and has to wiggle himself safely to the bottom.

How does Santa get down the chimney?

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Why is Santa’s suit red? Throughout history, clothing styles have changed. Fashion changes and so do the colors of Santa’s outfit. Santa has been known to wear blue, brown, purple, green, and other colors.

Since the early 1900s, Santa has been wearing red, which demonstrates Santa’s warmth and joy.

Why does Santa wear red?

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Santa’s phone number is currently unpublished.

Be careful of websites and apps that claim to give Santa’s phone number. Some services charge a fee for the phone call. Charging for a phone call is counter to the holiday spirit.

In the event we find Santa’s phone number, we will publish it on this web page.

What is Santa's phone number?

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Santa makes a list each year of kids of all ages from around the world and categorizes them according to whether they have been naughty or nice.

How does Santa know who is naughty or nice?

Naughty means you have badly misbehaved, while nice means you have been good.

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What does Santa Claus exactly look like?

One of the most important things about Santa is that he is full of happiness. He loves to laugh and show off his signature smile.

He is a little on the portly side, meaning he’s somewhat plump.

Santa also has a big white beard and is occasionally seen wearing glasses.

Santa normally wears a velvety red coat with a white collar and cuffs. He wears white-cuffed red trousers with a big black leather belt.

Santa also wears boots and during Christmas he carries a large bag full of gifts for children of all ages.

What does Santa look like?

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Santa is a bit big around the waist, but he needs to put on some extra weight each year because he burns a lot of calories and pounds during Christmas week.

Santa weighs anywhere from 250 to 350 pounds, give or take.

How much does Santa weigh?

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Santa Claus is able to deliver gifts around the world in one night thanks to his high-powered sleigh that is outfitted with the most advanced propulsion engine known to man. His sleigh gets a lot of help from his reindeer as well.

How does Santa make it around the world in one night?

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There is no need to worry if you don’t have a chimney.

You’ll be relieved to know that Santa Claus has a magic key called a “Santa Claus Key”.

Santa is able to use the “Santa Claus Key” to get into places that do not have a chimney.

Santa also uses the “Santa Claus Key” when the chimney is too narrow and he is not able to fit.

How does Santa get in without a chimney?

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Bad weather won’t stop Santa Claus. Santa’s sleigh is designed to fly in bad weather like rain. Santa always thinks safety first and will fly through the bad weather or over it.

Raining

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Santa doesn’t have kids of his own, but he takes care of all the elves as if they were his own children.

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The question of whether Santa Claus is real comes up a lot. The short answer is yes, Santa is real.

But there’s more to it. The long answer is that belief is a very strong thing. Unfortunately, some people don’t believe in Santa because they have never seen him. But just because you haven’t seen something, doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

Does Santa really exist?

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