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Posted on: November 25, 2019

Santa's Mailbox Returns to City Hall Steps

Santas Mailbox - Resized

We hear that Santa Claus will be setting up a special mailbox starting on Wednesday, November 27th on the front steps of City Hall, 255 Main Street,  and that he is inviting all City of White Plains resident children to write to him this Holiday Season using his special mailbox.   Mayor 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!) any time from now through Monday, December 16, 2019.   Children should remember to include their return address so that Santa can send them a personalized reply.  



Some history about Santa's Mailbox...

Last year, we had an inquiry from a resident about how long Santa's Mailbox has been a tradition in White Plains. We started digging and found that the earliest reference to Santa's Mailbox we could find
 was from 1941. An article in the Reporter Dispatch mentioned that it was part of a Christmas balloon parade held in the downtown. 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 we found was 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 White Plains for "more than 4 decades"! The county court house was torn down in the 1970's as part of urban renewal, and we believe 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 City Hall steps. 

We can safely say that this is indeed a Very Long-Standing White Plains Tradition!   

 

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