As Christmas Eve fast approaches, it's time for some to consider how they'll track Santa on December 24th. Luckily, modern technology and the military industrial complex has us covered!
The folks over at NORADare the classic Santa trackers and they're back at it again this year. They started tracking Santa back in 1955 after a department store ad accidentally misprinted a phone number. Instead of calling Santa, children unexpectedly began calling the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. 🤣
Their current Santa tracking site has a countdown, radar, and some holiday music and games. Visitors can see updates on Santa's preparations beginning at 4 am Christmas Eve. Children and parents can also call 1-877-446-6723 to inquire about Santa beginning at 6 am Christmas Eve.
Google also has a Santa tracker website. You get the same Santa tracking experience as NORAD without any of the worries of an errant hellfire missile strike bringing the big man down. They've got games, videos, an online yule log, and a “design your own elf” section.
Your child can get a free personalized phone call from Santaright here via Package From Santa. You'll need to download their free app for iPhone / iPad or Android and then configure your one free call. You have to pay for any additional calls, so make sure you're ready for the initial freebie call!
You can choose the date & time of the call as well as select from over 30 unique messages from Santa. You also get to set the incoming call screen. Optionally, you can upload a photo of your child to appear in the call and you can have their age, state, country, and more mentioned! Here's an example of a type of free call from Santa you can build.
I have a strong feeling they'll try to upsell you on other items, but that shouldn't stop you from redeeming this great freebie for the kiddos! Just remember to use your freebie email and if they ever ask for a credit card, give them a free Privacy.com generated card with a $0 charge limit! 😉
Still on the fence? Previous reader reported their children loved their free Santa call!
I did this for my nephew yesterday and he is still talking about it with excitement. – Megan
Did this for my niece tonight and I’m told she just stood there in shock, and then proceeded to have a conversation with the recording. – Nick
Sent this to a crush & he got a kick out of it! It was fun personalizing it. – Katie
I made one for my parents and they LOVED it! My dad said it made his night. – Lianne
If you redeem this freebie, please let us know how your child enjoyed it in the comments!
This classic, annual children's freebie of a free personalized video from Santa isn't a typical offer that arrives in your mailbox. Instead, you get a unique, personalized video sent straight to your computer, phone, or tablet from the big man up North himself!
These Santa freebies are always a favorite of Hiffers. Well, I'm assuming their children love it more than they do. It's fairly straightforward to set up and you're even given the option to pay for an upgraded video with more bells and whistles, but the free one gets the job done just fine.
Seriously though, a boatload of Hiffers always email me about this every year. And I don't mean some piddly canoe. We're talking gigantic, covid-filled cruise ships here. Every third email this time of year seems to be asking for me to post this. It's actually a nice break from the letters I typically receive. You'd think being told how handsome I am every day would be nice, but it sure can get tiring.
Even while he's busy making enough toys to give away each year, Santa somehow finds time in his day to write individual letters to every little girl and boy who write him. As a kid, I never knew what his address was, but now that I've come across it, I thought I'd share it with all you kiddos out there! So be sure and write Santa early this year so that he can write you back before Christmas!
A lot of free Santa letter sites, especially those at the top of Google, are trying to sell you something. That goes against our entire ethos, so I've only included sites below that are 100% free with no upsell whatsoever. You might have to spend the cost of a self-addressed stamped envelope for an offer or there, but overall there's no require for payment or use of a credit card!
Santa Letter Postmarked from the North Pole
If you'd rather take care of writing the specific response, the USPS has a neat free program where you can have your letter postmarked from the North Pole. Here's how it works:
Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
Write a personalized response to your child's letter and sign it “From Santa.”
Insert both letters into an envelope, and address it to your child.
Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address it to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
They recommend sending your letters by December 10 this year. Santa's helpers in Anchorage, AK, will take care of the rest!
Free Santa Letter from EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska
The 354th Operations Support Squadron's weather flight “elves” receive hundreds of letters each year, and acting on behalf of the “Big Guy,” send letters back to the children who write. They will even send out late post letters to children’s whose lists got delivered after the holidays.”
To get a free free letter from Santa sent to your house, please send a letter to:
2827 Flightline Ave. Suite 100B
Eielson AFB AK 99702-1520
I first found this great freebie in 2006, but turns out this Santa's Mailbag was started in 1954! A group of Airmen with the 58th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron wanted to assist the post office by responding to letters they received for Santa; more than 60 years later the program is still going strong.
Free Letter from Santa Claus Museum
Since 1914, children have had the joy of receiving letters from Santa Claus for free, and the tradition continues today. To receive a written letter from Santa Claus, just send a letter with a legible return address, mailed to:
PO Box 1
Santa Claus, IN 47579
Every letter received by December 18, 2021 will receive a response from Santa and the Elves. Just remember, the earlier, the better!
Donations are always appreciated and may be sent with the letters, or mailed to Santa at the same address.
Free Santa Letter Template & Printables
A lot of sites have custom free Santa printable letter templates. Simply download the letters and fill out the necessary fields, if applicable.
There are two main types of free printables: The first are for writing personalized letters to your child. The second are for your child to fill out as a dear Santa letter template.
Here are some of our favorite free printable “fill in blank” letter from Santa templates:
You can get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut on October 31 by wearing a costume. It doesn't even have to be a specific costume, so head over whether you're dressed as a mummy, Frankenstein, or professional businessperson in your normal everyday clothes. They'll never know!
You get to choose from these three doughnuts:
Bewitched Broomstick – A Kreme™ filled doughnut dipped in purple icing, decorated with an icing swirl and gold stars, and finished with a green buttercreme and pretzel “broomstick”.
Abra Cat Dabra – An Original Glazed® doughnut dipped in chocolate icing and black sanding sugar and decorated like a cat with icing and sugar fondant eyes.
Enchanted Cauldron – A Glazed Chocolate Cake doughnut topped with Kreme™ and decorated like a cauldron with sprinkles and a pretzel “broomstick”.
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 is National Coffee Day. That means we get free days! No, free national?
*checks cue card*
Ohhhh, free coffee! Who would have guessed?
👑 Best National Coffee Day Freebie
Krispy Kreme – Get a free brewed coffee and a free Original Glazed Doughnut!
☕ Confirmed 2021 National Coffee Day Freebies
7-Eleven – 7Rewards loyalty members (free to join here) get one free, any size hot coffee with the purchase of a fresh baked good at participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide
Those looking to celebrate at home can enjoy a free extra large hot coffee with any purchase through 7-Eleven Delivery via the 7NOW app, only on September 29. You can get free delivery by using code FREE4U
Biggby Coffee – Free 20oz specialty beverage hot brewed coffee at participating locations.
Casey's – A free small coffee from September 26 to October 2 with any purchase using Casey's Rewards (guests must save the offer in their Rewards account).
You also get a free small coffee simply by joining Casey's Rewards! This offer will be applied automatically and is valid for 10 days after joining. Use code Ryafer853 when joining for an additional 50 free bonus points!
Circle K – Text FREE to 31310 to receive a digital coupon for a free cup of hot or iced coffee to redeem only on Wednesday, September 29, at participating Circle K stores.
Duck Donuts – Registered Duck Donuts Rewards Members (join for free here) will receive an app reward to enjoy a free medium cold brew or frappe that can be redeemed in-shop or online Wednesday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. Guests must download and register for the app by Sept. 28, 11:59 p.m. EST.
Dunkin' – All day on National Coffee Day, Wednesday, September 29, DD Perks members can get a FREE medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase. DD Perks is free to join and also entitles you to free Dunkin on your birthday!
Panera Bread – They're giving parents & caregivers free coffee. Simply let Panera know at the cashier or drive-thru that you're a parent or caregiver and you'll receive free coffee all day. We're all caregivers for ourselves, so we all qualify!
Corner Bakery Cafe – Get a free coffee, any brewed hand-roasted coffee or cold brew, with any purchase.
Cumberland Farms – Text FREECOFFEE to 64827 and receive a free coffee coupon! I couldn't find any verifcation for this online for 2019, however I just texted the number and got my coupon tonight. It explicitly says valid on Sunday, September 29, 2019.
Le Pain Quotidien – Free regular coffee to any person that brings in a reusable cup or mug.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores – Get a large (24 oz.) coffee or hot beverage for only $1 on Sunday and Monday. On both days, hot beverage sales will go to Love's 20th annual Children's Miracle Network Hospitals campaign.
PJ's Coffee – Free 12 oz. Viennese blend hot or cold brew coffee.
Speedway – Get a free BELVITA Breakfast Biscuits with any size coffee purchase.
Tim Hortons – Place an order via their mobile app and you'll get a reward coupon good for a free coffee.
White Castle – A free small coffee is yours with any purchase.
Please let me know in the comments of any I missed!
If you're bored on Saturday, September 18, 2021 and live near one of the thousands of participating museums, then you should take advantage of the annual Free Museum Admission Day!
It's rather impressive how many museums the Smithsonian has convinced to participate, but don't let me influence your opinion. I get impressed easily. I once saw a dog wearing sun glasses then spent 10 minutes begging for his autograph.
You can download your free ticket here and the fine print says each ticket allows entry for two people at participating museums and cultural institutions across the country.
So go! Venture out and soak in the free knowledge, culture, and enlightenment! Let me know how you enjoyed your free experience in the comments.
Free Comic Book Day 2021 will feature up to fifty free titles available at participating local comic shops. The titles will be comprised of up to twelve gold and thirty-five silver sponsor titles. Titles will be announced to the public in March and will appear in the April 2021 edition of the PREVIEWS catalog.
So mark your calendar and pick up a free issue for the … kids at home? Suuuuuure, let's pretend it's not for you and say it's for the little ones.
It's been years since I've read comic books. I even tried drawing my own once. It didn't have many super heroes, but starred a kid who refused to eat his vegetables, couldn't talk to girls, and looked ridiculous in his baggy jeans. I guess it wasn't so much a comic book as a journal. No wonder Marvel never took me seriously.
To make matters worse, I harshly learned on a recent date that comic books aren't an appropriate answer to “what have I read lately?” Suffice to say, there wasn't a second date.
I'm sure I don't have to tell you that Sunday, August 6, 2022 is National Root Beer Day. What you might not realize is we get a free A&W root beer float from 2pm-8pm as part of their annual celebration. All you have to do is stop by your local A&W and pick up your freebie.
Okay wiseguy, you're right, that's not all you'll have to do. You'll need to walk inside or at least go around the drive-tru and ask for your freebie. It's not like the floats will be sitting outside in the parking lot.
With summer in full swing (woooo!), I thought it'd be a good idea to compiled a list of all the free kids summertime events & activities.
Check out some of these free events before summer 2021 ultimately ends (boooo!)
It's important to point out that while many of these are traditional freebies available each summer, you may encounter some offers are slowly rolling back out due to last year's shutdown. Therefore, I strongly suggest calling ahead and confirming your local establishment is participating in any of these.
The free reading programs are always a big hit each year. Over 13 companies such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chuck E. Cheese, Pottery Barn, and many more reward good behavior by offering freebies and prizes for reading. Most stores have a free reading companies guide or tracker that you can print at home, fill out as your child reads over the summer, then turn it in for freebies!
At least 17 different cinema and theater chains across the nation, both big and small, offer some sort of summer movie ticket admission deals. In many cases, you can either get free admission or super cheap tickets for G and PG movies. Some chains are also offering discounted concessions and snacks as well.
They're cheap, they're air conditioned, and they're all summer long!
While some states only hold license-free fishing dates early in the year, others hold multiple dates throughout the summer and even into fall! Check out your state's dates and then go reel in a fish or two with the little ones! These free fishing days are awesome. Take it from somebody who learned the hard way that you needed a license to fish 😀
Geocaching was one of my family's favorite activities back when multiple young ones were running around the house. All you need is a phone or GPS to access over 2.5 million free geocaches hidden all over the world! No matter how big or small your community, you'll be surprised how many geocaches are nearby!
In lieu of their annual free slurpee day on July 11, 7-Eleven is giving away a free small slurpeeany day in July! Simply download their free 7Rewards app and the promo coupon will appear in your account on July 1.
To find the coupon, check the “Scan and Save” section of the app once you're logged in. To find a 7-Eleven, drive around aimlessly and navigate only by sticking your head out the window and shouting for directions at stop lights. Seriously, it's fun!
The press release also states 7-Eleven will have a lot of food specials and sales throughout July too.
July 11, is otherwise known as 7-11. At least most of us call it 7-11. Maybe you're certifiably insane and call it Kingfork Day or 7-*foghorn noise*. If that's the case, then you and I should definitely hang out, as we are assuredly cut from the same cloth.
Where was I? Oh yeah, 7-11 means it's free 7-Eleven Slurpee Day! Simply walk into a 7-Eleven from 11am-7pm on July 11 and you'll walk out with a free small Slurpee. Here's their store locator if you need help finding a nearby spot.