Town officials, including Father Christmas himself, were on hand to celebrate the opening some six weeks before Christmas Day. Last year the post office received – and answered – some 280,000 letters to Santa Claus from children in more than 80 countries. The office in the German state of Brandenburg is the one of seven in the country, but the only holiday post office in the formerly communist eastern states.
The town name, Himmelpfort, means "heaven's gate."
Letters from the naughty and nice to St. Nick, or the Weihnachtsmann as he's known in Germany, can be addressed to: