“Dear Santa delivers a desperately needed dose of holiday cheer during these troubled times that will leave even the most Grinch-like of viewers bathed in their own tears.”

Dear Santa

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About the film
DEAR SANTA shines a light on the 100-year-old ‘Operation Santa’ Program of 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. 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 and 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 enlists 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, provoking audiences throughout the world to ask themselves how they can make the world a better place, one gesture at a time.

Release Year
December 4, 2020

Director: Dana Nachman
Producers: Brendan Gaul, Christopher Karpenko, Chelsea Matter, Dana Nachman
Executive Producer: Brett Henenberg

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Self Magazine loves Dear Santa! “…Given the range of people from all walks of life you meet in the doc, it’s a gratitude-sparking, extremely heartwarming watch for people of any age (bring tissues). “

Dear Santa continues to bring on the holiday cheer! See why People Magazine said it was one of the best holiday movies to watch on Hulu! 

Dear Santa is a feel-good documentary, meant to thaw even the iciest among us. There’s nothing better than seeing the faith of children and adults alike restored by good deeds. Get the Kleenex ready,” says DigitalTrends.

Entertainment Weekly calls Dear Santa “an uplifting doc that only the most hardened Scrooge could resist…Dear Santa deserves a spot on your holiday viewing nice list!” 

Woman’s Day loves Dear SantaRead their coverage and see which other movies else made their nice list!

Women’s Health names Dear Santa as one of the three best holiday films on Hulu! Read their story.

Cosmopolitan Magazine ranks Dear Santa as one of the top three movies to watch during the 2022 holiday season! 

During a special panel held at Tribeca X, the Dear Santa team jointly announced with Disney’s Jennifer Donohue that the award-winning film has been greenlit for a six-episode docuseries for Christmas 2022. Read the full story in Variety.  

Dear Santa Earns Brand Storytelling’s Purpose & Impact Award! Full list of winners is available on Brand Storytelling TV.

Dear Santa wins at the 2021 Drum Content Awards. Check out the full list of honorees here.