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DEAR SANTA shines a light on the 100-year-old ‘Operation Santa’ Program of the United States Postal Service.

What is Operation Santa?

This 107-year-old program is run by the United States Postal Service. Each year, hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa arrive at Post Offices around the country. Through Operation Santa, the United States Postal Service makes it possible for the public to safely adopt these letters and make children’s dreams come true. In 2017, Santa approved for the program to go digital. Now people can sign up to be elves and adopt letters online every season.

Dear Santa Documentary

The film invites audiences along for the magic of this massive endeavor. Traveling the country, much like Santa does on Christmas Eve, the film focuses on select ‘Operation Santa’ Centers. Some in metropolitan areas, like the massive operation in New York City. Others in small towns where the Post Office is the heart of the community. The film highlights letters where a child is asking for something poignant, something that goes beyond the common wish for a toy. Santa will explain how he enlisted kind-hearted strangers across the country for these special requests while he concentrates on toy making, and his demanding delivery schedule.


This timeless documentary captures the warmth and spirit of Christmastime through the lens of this great American tradition. The film provokes audiences throughout the world to ask themselves how they can make the world a better place, one gesture at a time.

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Dana Nachman’s DEAR SANTA Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release.

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