Send us your Christmas letters for this year’s Dear Santa competition

Will you be writing to Santa this year?
Will you be writing to Santa this year?

The Echo’s ever-popular Dear Santa competition is now officially open.

So we’re calling on our young readers across Sunderland to write to us and tell us why they deserve an extra special gift from Santa.

There are only a few weeks left until Santa visits!

There are only a few weeks left until Santa visits!

Prizes are available, and seeing as it’s the festive season, we’ll allow younger children to get their parents, grandparents, older siblings or whoever is looking after them to give them a helping hand.


All you need to do is start the letter with “I deserve a special gift from Santa because...” and send it via email to, or fill in and post the coupon on this page.

Make sure you include a picture of the child who is entering, as well as their name, age, address and telephone details for the person entering on their behalf.

We’ll pass the letters on to Santa himself, who’ll choose who he believes deserves a special extra present under their Christmas tree.

Rather than just writing a list, please make sure you tell us why you deserve to win the prize, which will be revealed soon.

First prize will be to the value of £100.

There will be two runners-up prizes each, to the value of £50.


You can post the coupon to Dear Santa, Sunderland Echo, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.

Remember, entries close on Friday, December 8!

This year’s Dear Santa is kindly supported by Stagecoach.