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Make the arrival of your elf extra magical and fun for your children Free Printable Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letter of the North Pole.

This elf arrival letter is a fun way to reintroduce the elf to your household for the holidays. I’m sure your kids can’t wait for the Elf on the Shelf to arrive every year! I’ve created this free printable arrival letter from the North Pole to make the elf’s return on the big day even more exciting for your kids. This free elf letter will put a smile on their face when the elf arrives with it. Plus, it’s quick and easy to print and download and makes a great last-minute arrival idea for your elf.

What is Eleven on the Shelf?

It’s a popular Christmas tradition, based on a children’s picture book, where a special scout for Santa is sent to your home from the North Pole to encourage your children to behave well during the holiday season. The elf reports to Santa every night on who is naughty or nice. It cannot be touched by children, otherwise it will lose its magic. So the adults are responsible for moving every morning until Christmas. The elf only moves at night when the children are asleep.

When does Elf on the Shelf come back and leave?

It is recommended that your Scout elf arrives between November 24 (Thanksgiving) and December 1. This is known as Scout Eleven Return Week. During this time, Santa’s elves leave the North Pole and go to homes where they will stay all Christmas time until Christmas Eve (December 24)!

Looking for Elf on the Shelf ideas?

Check out these 150 Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas for 2022! Whether you’re looking for funny or mischievous elves, there are plenty of elves on the shelf ideas to choose from. Many of these ideas are quick and easy, so they’re perfect for the last minute.

Eleven on the shelf Arrival letter

What’s in this Elf on the Shelf Return Letter?

There are two formats of letters available for download: PNG and PDF.

This printable is for personal use only and not for commercial use, including resale or distribution!


  • Elf on the Shelf Welcome Letter (PNG file | PDF file)
  • 65 lb white card stock (recommended).
    • You can use normal printer paper, but the quality is best on cardboard.
  • Include a small welcome gift along with your letter (optional). It could be small Christmas treats like a candy cane, red and green Hershey’s Kisses, holiday cookies, homemade candy recipes, or something similar.

What does the Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letter say?

It is a cute poem written by your elf explaining the rules to your child.

From the North Pole,
I flew because Santa sent me to you.

I will watch and listen.
Report back what Santa is missing.

You must be good and obey
And Santa comes on his sleigh.

Do your very best Sinterklaas
and I’ll do the rest.

Every night through the snow,
I’m going back home.

I find a new place to stay
every day again.

Please don’t touch me
So my magic won’t flee.

i’m here to stay
until Christmas Day.

Welcome letter Elf on the Shelf

Download Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letter

  1. To download the PNG file or the PDF file by clicking the link.
  2. For the PDF, click the download button in the toolbar at the bottom center of the page. The button is located on the far right of the toolbar.
  3. For the PNG, right click on the image and select “Save As”.
  4. Save the files to the desired folder.
  5. Open the letter in your photo viewer for PNG and open the PDF letter in Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader software.

How to print the letter

  1. Load the cardboard or printer paper in your printer’s paper tray.
  2. Find the Paper settings option. The location depends on your operating system (under Properties (PC) or Presets (iOS)). This allows you to select different types of media that your printer can handle.
    1. Go to Paper Type -> Cardstock.
  3. Go to File -> Print. Open your printer settings or printing preferences. Print settings vary depending on your printer, but make sure the print quality is set to the “Best” setting before printing.
  4. When printing with Adobe Acrobat, select “Fit” in the printer settings.
  5. If you want to print an image version of the files via Preview or similar photo viewing software, set it to “Shrink to fit” (this should be the default option).

elf on the shelf and letter

BONUS: Eleven on the shelf return ideas

Add to your free printable elf on the shelf introduction letter with one of these fun return ideas! Whether you want to throw a small Christmas party or want to make a simple arrangement, here you will find great ideas for inspiration.

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Hot Cocoa Welcome Back Party (with Free Printable Party Pack)

Make your elf’s return extra magical with a delicious hot chocolate party to welcome them back! This idea also includes free printables.

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Santa mailbox package from Etsy

This fun arrival box comes with a personalized label on the front with your kids’ names! Just pop in the elf and the printable letter.


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Arctic Breakfast Welcome to Sweet Shoppe Designs

Throw in a cute little welcome breakfast for your kids. You can make this quick and easy or as extravagant as you like.

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Entry door from Etsy

Your elf will come back in style with this fun elf entrance idea! It can be reused year after year and become part of your arrival tradition.

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Burst Out Package Arrival from A Small Snippet

Special delivery! Let your elf stand at the door and jump out of the box because he/she is so excited to come back and can’t wait for the kids to open the box!

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Eleven arrival envelope from Etsy

This adorable personalized handmade elf arrival envelope can be customized to add your child’s name.

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Elf in a balloon box from Etsy

This mischievous elf is trapped in a balloon box! You can even put your little one’s name on the box.

elf on the shelf welcome back letter

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