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December 2, 2022

How Does Santa Deliver Gifts Without a Chimney?

How to answer that tricky question for your kids this year

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Christopher Dibble

One of the most beloved legends about Santa is that, very early on Christmas morning, while everyone is sound asleep, he works his way down the chimney to deliver gifts to all the children on his nice list. But how does he do it when your home has no chimney? What does Santa do? Don’t worry - Santa.com has the insider answers!


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Give Santa a Key

Who says Santa needs a chimney to complete his mission when the front door will do just fine? Introducing Magic Santa keys, which have become a popular alternative to the chimney.  You can either buy one or make one with your kids. The poem attached to this beautiful Magic Key for Santa, explains the concept of a Santa's key and is a great keepsake. On Christmas Eve, you can hang it in a special place with your kids, creating another annual tradition for you and your family.

Make a Fireplace

No fireplace? No problem! You and the kids can create your own fireplace out of construction paper and cardboard and set it up on Christmas Eve. You can even thumbtack your stockings to the faux fireplace and decorate it with paint, glitter, and ornaments. Not crafty? You can buy this lifesize cardboard fireplace for your home. This could also be fun to take with you if you're traveling and want a fireplace in your hotel room or Airbnb.

Christmas Magic

Santa is the embodiment of Christmas magic, so surely Santa is able to get into the house without using a chimney through the magic of Christmas! That miraculous Christmas magic will make sure he always finds a way in, whether you have a chimney, or not. To prepare for his arrival, leave cookies and a note for Santa and carrots for his reindeer to nibble. Add a glass of milk, and you are all set.  Baking cookies for Santa and setting out the plate is a wonderful family tradition that you and your kids will treasure.  And in the morning, when the kids wake up, it’s fun for everyone to discover the crumbs and maybe even some tracks that prove Santa was there!