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Royal mail letter to Santa | The top ten toys of 2016



With just over five weeks to go until Christmas, Royal Mail has revealed this year’s top ten most wanted presents, according to children in their special letters to Santa.

 Royal mail letter to Santa | The top ten toys of 2016Father Christmas’s team of Royal Mail elves, who have managed Santa’s mailbag for 53 years, have carried out the most authoritative survey of children’s wishes this Christmas.

Unlike most toy surveys in the run up to Christmas, the Royal Mail findings come directly from the children themselves.

Traditional toys hold the top three spots for the second year in a row. The results show that the most popular toy is Lego, which has retained its top spot from last year.

It has also remained in the top three since 2013. Scooters have made a new entry as the second most popular Christmas wish in 2016. This is followed by bikes, which have dropped down into third position.

Mobile phones are still proving popular, with Paw Patrol as the fourth and fifth most popular request of Christmas 2016.

There were also a number of other new entries including Pie Face Showdown, Star Wars Spin Action Lightsabre  and Barbie 3 Storey Townhouse  making entries at number seven, eight, and nine respectively.

Furby Connect  has made a comeback as a new entry at number 10 having last been seen in Royal Mail’s list as the most wanted toy in 2012.

The findings come from Santa’s helpers’ analysis of many of the thousands of letters sent to Santa, and reveal what children REALLY want for Christmas this year.

The top ten most requested toys of 2016 are:

  1. Lego
  2. Scooter
  3. Bike
  4. Mobile phone
  5. Paw Patrol Air Patroller
  6. Nerf Gun
  7. Pie Face Showdown
  8. Star Wars Spin Action Lightsabre
  9. Barbie 3 Storey Townhouse
  10. Furby Connect


Royal Mail’s Chief Elf in charge of Santa’s mailbag, Alex McConnell said: “We are very honoured that Father Christmas has allowed us again to take a peek at what children are asking for this year. We get to see what they really want for Christmas. All the elves at Royal Mail enjoy reading the heart-warming letters from the children all over the UK because of the festive cheer these letters bring.” 

Questions for Santa

The special letters also show that many children like to ask Santa questions instead of just asking for the latest toy as a gift.  Some of the questions that children have asked Santa this year are:

  • How do you deliver all the presents in one night?
  • How many mince pies do you eat around the world?
  • How old are you?
  • How many elves do you have working for you?
  • Do Rudolph and the reindeers like carrots?
  • How many children do you deliver presents to?
  • Do you like being Santa?


Letters to Santa

To ensure Santa receives your letter on time, please make sure you write to him using the correct address on a stamped envelope by no later than the 9 December 2016.

Santa/Father Christmas

Santa’s Grotto




Don’t forget that Santa needs to know the full name and address of children to reply so please include this in the letter.


Christmas is a very busy time of year and Santa will respond to as many letters as possible, in between getting the sleigh ready for the long journey on Christmas Eve.


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