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Posted on: December 6, 2021

SANTA'S MAILBOX Returns to White Plains

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SANTA’S MAILBOX

Santa Claus has once again set up a special mailbox on the front steps of City Hall, 255 Main Street, and is inviting all City of White Plains resident children to write to him this Holiday Season using his special mailbox.   Mayor, Tom Roach, is honored that Santa has once again chosen White Plains for this very important purpose.

Children may drop their letters in the mailbox (no postage necessary!) now December 14th, 2021.   Children should remember to include their return address so that Santa can send them a personalized reply.  

FUN FACT:  Santa's Mailbox is a long-standing White Plains tradition! The earliest reference to Santa's mailbox that we have been able to find is from 1941. An article in the Reporter Dispatch mentioned that it was part of a Christmas balloon parade held in downtown WP. According to the article, 5,000 letters to Santa were deposited in the mailbox that day! The mailbox was at that time owned by the Exchange Club, a civic organization. The next reference is from 1972, which talks about how the mailbox was placed on the steps of the old county courthouse and how this has been a tradition in WP for "more than 4 decades"! The county court house was torn down in the 1970's as part of urban renewal, and we think that was when the mailbox was moved to the steps of City Hall and it became city property. A local newspaper article from 1991 shows the mailbox on the City Hall steps. We can safely say at this point that this is indeed a Very Long-Standing White Plains tradition!   

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