Short lines and free ornaments at ABC Carpet & Home
Find Santa in NYC’s Union Square at 888 Broadway, between 18th and 19th Streets. Free admission and the shortest Santa line in town, for now. ABC Christmas ornaments given to lucky visitors. Santa will be available for photographs through Dec. 20: Saturdays, 10am-3pm, and Sundays, 11am-3pm. Bring your own camera and have your wish lists ready. For more information, visit abchome.com.
Save the date for Santa in Central Park on Dec. 3
Santa is coming to the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park on 110th Street, between Lenox and Fifth avenues. He will only be here for one day, making a special pit stop for Central Parks’ annual tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 3, so don’t forget. Admission is free. Santa will be present from 5:30-6:30pm, and photos may be taken at this time. Holiday caroling, cookies, and crafts may also be enjoyed by families as well.
Macy’s Santaland includes a puppet show and elves
On the 8th floor of Macy’s department store on 34th Street, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Santa is available for photos. Admission is free, and photo packages are available for purchase, ranging from $19.99-$59.99. A holiday puppet show, Miracle on 34th Street, will be shown on the 9th floor, and admission is $5. Santaland will be open daily through Dec. 24: weekdays, 9am-9pm, and weekends, 8am-9pm. For more information, call 212-494-4495.
Classic Bloomingdale’s Santaland
On the 8th floor of Bloomingdale’s at 1000 Third Ave. (at 59th Street), your child may visit Santa. Photo packages are available and start at $22. Santa will be at Bloomie’s through Dec. 23, 10am-6pm. For more information, visit bloomingdales.com.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Brookfield Place
Santa will be ready for photos in Battery Park City at 230 Vesey St., Brookfield Place, 2nd level, from Dec. 2-23, 10am-6pm (break between 2-3pm), and Dec. 24, 10am-4pm (break from 1-2pm), and he is bringing his elves and reindeer with him. Photo packages start at $22. Special photo ops include Elfie Selfies, Dec. 4-24, 10am-6pm and Meet & Greet Characters from The Nutcracker, Dec. 4, 5-6pm, and Dec. 5, 11am-12pm and 5-6pm. All proceeds from this sighting go to New York Theatre Ballet. For more information, visit brookfieldplaceny.com.
Save the date for Santa at NYC Fire Museum on Dec. 6
Located at 278 Spring St., the NYC Fire Museum will be hosting Santa on Dec. 6 at 11:30am. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. This Santa visit will be unlike any other that you see this holiday season. Santa finds himself stuck on the roof and the firefighters of New York must save him. After Santa is rescued, celebratory hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served, and the big man in red will be available for photographs and Christmas wish lists until 2pm, while John Clacher’s Firehouse Band will provide the entertainment. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit nycfiremuseum.org.
Rockefeller Center’s Breakfast with Santa
This annual breakfast, held at Rock Center Café, is worth the holiday splurge. Tickets are $85 for adults and $55 for kids. Santa and his elves enjoy breakfast with guests, sending kids home with holiday gifts. Tickets include bypassing the line for admission to skating sessions at the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink. This event is held on weekends through Dec. 24, at 7:15am and 9:15am. Reservations may be made. For more information or to reserve your spot, visit therinkatrockcenter.com.
Santa at The Plaza Hotel Dining Hall
Kris Kringle is making an appearance at New York’s renowned Plaza Hotel. Santa may be found on the Concourse Level of The Plaza Food Hall through Dec. 9, Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-7pm, and Sunday, 10am-6pm; and Dec. 10-24, 10am-7pm daily. Photos start at $29.
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Main photo: Santa at Macy's Santaland