Connecting with each other at Christmas is always important, especially after a year where many have spent time isolated from friends and family.

With social distancing still in place in most of the country and it being a bit harder to find Santa at the shops than normal, we’re offering free calls to Santa from our payphones across Australia. We want to make sure everyone gets the chance to whisper their gift list into the big guy’s ear this Christmas.

You’ll be able to reach Santa from any Telstra payphone by simply dialling #HO HO HO (#46 46 46) from today right up until he starts packing the sleigh on Christmas Eve.

We know it’s been a tougher year than most, particularly for our kids, and we hope that creating a special experience with Santa might help bring some extra joy and make people feel a bit more connected to the things they love this year.

How to call Santa

We’ve made it super easy for anyone to get in touch with the big man in red this year:

  1. Head to any Telstra payphone until December 24
  2. Dial #HO HO HO (#46 46 46)
  3. That’s it! Just make sure you know what’s on top of your gift list because Santa will be eager to know.

As an added extra, by checking in with Santa through one of Telstra’s payphones you can help teach kids how to locate and use one if they need to in the future.

There are over 15,000 payphones across the country, which are free for all calls to standard numbers in Australia – so if it’s a great resource for kids, especially during emergencies.

In keeping with the Christmas spirit, for calls made to Santa, Telstra will donate $1* to the Salvation Army to help Australians stay connected and sheltered this Christmas.

How to find a Telstra payphone


We encourage everyone to make sure they’re following up-to-date health advice when interacting with public surfaces.

*Telstra will donate $1 per call from #HOHOHO (#464646) to the Salvation Army, up to a pre-determined amount.