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Christmas is fast approaching — and that means it’s time for a chat with St. Nick. So we have some tips on how to call Santa for free this holiday season. Kids can share their Christmas lists directly with the big guy himself. All you have to do is hand over your phone and let them reveal their list, no postage required!

Of course, we’re living in the digital age, and for a fee, kids can have a video chat with Santa Claus. This way they get that face time to share all of their Christmas wishes. Bonus: you can listen in and take notes on their detailed list in case your kids add anything they haven’t already shared with you. Ideally they’ll chat before all the Black Friday sales and deals start dropping. A video chat with Santa starts around $34.95 on TalkSanta.com, but lucky for you, we tracked down all the free ways you can call Santa in 2022.

Here are all the tips for calling Santa for free.

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Call the Santa Hotline

The Santa Hotline allows kids to hear a brief message from Santa Claus and leave a voicemail with their Christmas wish list. To call Santa for free, dial (605) 313-4000. The Santa Hotline, hosted by freeconferencecall.com, is available all year, and kids can call whenever the mood strikes. The prerecorded message reminds kids that Santa is busy working on toys and that he’ll be visiting good boys and girls at Christmas. Normal carrier rates apply, and you can click here for a list of international numbers and languages.

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Use Google Home to call Santa.

If you have a Google Home device, you’ve already got Santa on speed dial. Just say, “Hey Google, call Santa,” and your kid’s call will be answered by a busy elf. From there the call will be directed to Santa, where kids can interact by answering his questions to create the perfect Christmas song. Kids can also use Google Home devices to use the Santa tracker and hear Christmas stories, all for free.



Call Santa for free with Alexa.

Families with an Alexa device can call Santa for free, too! All you or your kids have to do is say, “Alexa, call Santa” to speak with Kris Kringle himself. Once you ask Alexa to call, it will prompt you to download the “Call Santa” skill. Right now, there is a prerecorded message from Santa saying he’s out of the office and will be back in time for Christmas. Keep calling as we get closer to Christmas to see what else Santa has in store for the kids.


Receive a free call from Santa or an elf with ChristmasDialer.

If your kids will get a kick out of getting a call from Santa rather than dialing him up, enter your phone number at ChristmasDialer.com. Then choose whether you want to hear from Santa or one of his elf sidekicks. Make sure your child is available to answer, as you only get one free call. After your first free call, you can opt to do as many premium calls as you’d like for $0.06 per additional call.


Dial 517-HI-SANTA.

Have kids prepare their wish list and talk to Santa for free at (517) 447-2682. Lucky callers who catch Mr. Claus at a good time will get to chat about their wish lists in the moment. But if he’s busy, they’ll get to listen to a prerecorded message and leave a voicemail. It’s a good idea to have Santa lists on hand to read off easily in the message. If kids really want to get in touch with him after leaving a voicemail, you can book a live video chat with Santa. After calling, parents will receive a text message with a 20% discount code offer to book a live video with Santa. Video chats start at $39.95.


Download the free Message from Santa app.

While not an actual phone call, the Message from Santa! app (free for iOS and Android) allows kids to “call” Santa’s voicemail and leave a voice message. Kids can also receive calls from him and text with Santa to find out if they’ve been naughty or nice. There are also video messages available that parents can personalize. Many of the non-personalized features can be used for free, but in-app purchases are required for some of the more custom features. An internet connection is required for this app to work properly, and there are ads in the free version.



Get a free personalized video from Portable North Pole.

Portable North Pole offers one free custom video message for your child. Visit their website, fill out a few details, and upload a photo. Then you’ll receive a minute-long personalized video for your little one from Santa. You can create a full personalized video for free, but they also offer a Magic Pass for $15.99 that gets you unlimited access to premium videos, HD downloads, additional calls and videos from Santa, and more.

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