Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Christmas-centric playground with safe seasonal activities.

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Positive Messages

The site encourages good behavior (even if it's with the intent of getting more gifts).

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Sexy Stuff

The site features external ads on most pages for companies like and charities like the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Christmas-themed site has made an effort to make sure kids have a safe experience. Kids can chat with digital elves, but they only receive pre-determined responses (kids can enter bad words, but they don't appear on screen and the elf won't respond to them). Some ads appear on the sides of the site.

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Written byAnonymous July 6, 2018

good, but gets boring

it's a good website, and i don't think there's any interaction with other players. it can also be educational at times. the website may get borin... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytweetybird7233 November 12, 2012


My little sister plays on here all the time. It's educational and fun for her at the same time.

Is it any good?

Launched in 1996 to offer a safe, clean Christmas site for kids, NORTHPOLE.COM features dozens of activities, recipes and holiday-themed stories. Users can click through various buildings in Santa’s Secret Village to visit different parts of the site -- including several interactive sections, such as Santa's Mailroom, where from Oct. 1-Dec. 24, kids can write a letter to Santa and receive a response, and Santa's Den, which creates personalized stories based on kids' first name, hometown, and favorite activity. The site creators also added the Elf Pal Academy, which contains puzzles, games, math problems, and a coloring book, after learning that teachers were using the site to teach reading, writing, and computer skills.

Online interaction: Users can chat with Santa's elves using ElfChat, a Java program that uses automated responses.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to stay safe online.

  • Talk about good deeds. What does being "good" mean to your family? Are good deeds something to be doen only during the holidays or in exchange for gifts?

  • How can reading stories, playing games, and doing puzzles help you learn things? What kind of time limits on screen time does your family employ?

  • Talk about the advertising that appears on the site. How do advertisers try to get your attention?

Website details

  • Genre: Virtual Worlds
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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