5 Super Cute Free Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letter Printables

Are you doing the Elf on the Shelf this year? If so grab your free Elf on the Shelf arrival letter printable now.

This elf welcome letter is the perfect way to re-introduce the elf back into the home, and just create that extra bit of magic.

We have been enjoying Elf on the Shelf activities for about 10 years. They continue to come despite the fact my son finally realizes they aren’t real. (Yes and Santa, I was devastated). He was 10 at the time, so I knew I did well for that long. I think this is one of the perks of homeschooling!!

We had a long chat about the Elf on The Shelf and despite him knowing he is not real, he still wants the elves to visit.

So this year, we are going all out… I say this every year, we absolutely love CHRISTMAS!!

Every year he receives an Elf on the Shelf printable arrival letter, and this year won’t be any different!

elf on the shelf arrival letter printables

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Elf arrival letter

So the day the Elf arrives, nearly always on December 1st, they bring an arrival letter. I have created four different templates that you can print out and use as you wish. You can add the child’s name to make it even more magical.

There are five different templates you can choose from (you will download all 5).

Two of them read:

free elf arrival letters

As you have been so good this year, I have agreed that your favorite Elf can come and spend December with you again!

Remember the rules, if you touch your Elf they can’t fly back to Santa to tell him how well you are behaving.

When they come back every morning they have been told to find a much harder place to land. Last year you found them far too easily!

You are going to have such a wonderful Christmas this year, as long as you stay on Santa’s good list. You are currently at the top of the list!

Much love

Head Elf

elf arrival letter printable

If you are running late this year download our free printable Elf on the Shelf sorry I’m late letter!

The other three read:

I am back!

I’m so happy to be spending December with you and your wonderful family.

I missed you this year, but I have been keeping an eye on you from the North Pole.

Remember the rules, if you touch me I can’t fly back to Santa to tell him how good you are.

Where will I be landing when I come back every morning? Do you think you will be able to find me?

We are going to have so much fun, the other Elves are jealous I am spending it with you.

One of them has an image of a boy elf, one an image of a girl, and another one from more than one elf. So you can choose whichever is the best for your family.

free elf on the shelf letter

If you are looking for personalized Elf on the Shelf arrival letters Etsy has you covered with hundreds of options.

If you want to get the official Elf on The Shelf Letters it is super adorable and comes with a book and ideas on how to turn these wonderful memories into Christmas ornaments.

Depending on when we decide for the elves to come back. They might leave the arrival letter on the table when they bring the North Pole Breakfast.

free printable elf arrival letters

Send Santa a letter with our free Santa wish lists!

Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas

If you want this elf arrival to be the best ever, check out some more Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas that are awesome.

Additional free Elf on the Shelf printables

Have even more fun with the Elf with some additional ideas:

  1. Free printable Elf on the Shelf notes are charming little messages from your mischievous elf that can be hidden around your home, naturally adding excitement and wonder to your children’s daily search for their magical visitor.
  2. Add Elf on the Shelf hat printables to your family photos for a fun Elf antic.
  3. Find creative inspiration for your elf’s departure with Elf on the Shelf leaving ideas, naturally ensuring a memorable and heartwarming farewell for your magical visitor as the holiday season comes to a close.
  4. Our free Elf on the Shelf rules printable are a great way to remind the kids of the special magic rules.
elf on the shelf activities bundle


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Download the free Elf on the Shelf arrival letter printables

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 10 July 2024 by Clare Brown

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