Time to take the kids to visit with Santa, and have their photo taken. Here’s where to see Santa in New York City for FREE, including a special photo op for children with special needs. Save time waiting on line by making an appointment online.
Time flies – except when you are waiting on line with fidgety kids – so make an appointment online, which often includes a discount for the photo package. Buy a photo package from the professional photographer on-site, or take your chances with your own camera. No selfies with Santa are permitted.
Unless otherwise noted, visits with Santa are through Christmas Eve.
- Where to See Santa in Manhattan
Macy’s – Santaland at the World’s Largest Store is a tradition for many New Yorkers and visitors, too. Spend less time on line with fidgety kids by downloading a FREE online express pass. Photo packages start at $20. 34th St. at Herald Square.
Bryant Park – Santa is in residence daily, 1pm to 3pm through Christmas Eve. Look for Santa’s Corner in the gravel area just east of Le Carousel.
Lord & Taylor – Saturday, December 10 is Little Me Santa Saturday. The holiday party includes a FREE photo with Santa, complimentary milk and cookies, and monogramming of any purchase in the Little Me kid’s department. Also, while the kids are occupied, Mom or Grammie can get a make-up makeover from Bobbie Brown. And be sure to visit the fabulous Fifth Avenue store windows before or after. Fifth Avenue at 39th St.
Bloomingdale’s – Santa holds court daily, 10am to 6pm, through December 23rd, at Santaland, on the Fifth Floor, where photo packages start at $22. Note that he leaves to feed the reindeer daily 1pm to 2pm. Third Avenue at 59th St.
Santa’s Winter Garden – Visit Santa daily. Photo packages start at $27. Before or after, take in the annual Luminaries light show in the Winter Garden, or take a spin on the outdoor ice skating rink. Brookfield Place, Battery Park City
The Shops at the Plaza – Visit Santa daily at his upscale workshop in upscale The Plaza Food Hall on the concourse level. Photo packages start at $29.99 and include four complimentary holiday cards. Use the 58th Street entrance, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
- Sunday, Dec. 11th, The Plaza is partnering with SantaCares to provide private photo sessions for children with special needs and their families. Book a SantaCares photo session online
ABC Carpet and Home – Santa holds court here on Sundays, 11am to at 3pm, through December 18. Bring your own camera, and be sure it is capable of taking photos in low light. Before or after, visit the holiday tree and life sise gingerbread houses in Madison Square Park, a few blocks away. 888 Broadway, at 18th St.
Breakfast With Santa – This annual Off-Broadway brunch and show offers a chance for kids to interact with Santa and his Elves. Discount tickets from $10 for your choice of dates in December.
Recommended – Family-friendly holiday concerts and shows $25 or less
- Where to See Santa in Bronx
The Mall at Bay Plaza – Santa awaits daily, at the center court of this sprawling Bronx shopping mall. Photo packages start at $34.99, but you can get a discount if you make an appointment and order in advance online. 200 Baychester Avenue
- Where to See Santa in Brooklyn
Kings Plaza – Visit Santa daily, on the second floor of this sprawling shopping center, near Best Buy, Photo packages start at $29.99. 5100 Kings Plaza, at Flatbush Avenue, Mill Basin, Brooklyn.
- Where to See Santa in Queens
Queens Center Mall – Santa is housed on Level 2 of this sprawling shopping center, in a North Pole “experience” from the folks at HGTV that includes such interactive electronic games as the Naughty-or-Nice Meter. Photo packages start at $29.99. 90-15 Queens Boulevard, between 57th and 59th Avenues.
Skyview Center – See Santa on Level D of this sprawling shopping center in Flushing, Queens, daily through Christmas Eve. Santa generally takes a coffee break between 3pm and 4pm, so don’t visit then. Photo packages start at $29.99. 40-24 College Point Boulevard, at Roosevelt Avenue
- Where to See Santa in Staten Island
Staten Island Mall – Visit Santa daily, in the center of the mall, near Kids Foot Locker.. On Monday evenings, the kids can bring Fido or Fluffy for holiday photos with their pets. Photo packages start at $39.99. 2655 Richmond Avenue