The Best Places To Meet Santa In NYC This Year
Here are some of the best places to meet Santa Claus in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens..
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FREE Photos with Santa
WHEN: Nov. 30-Dec. 22, Saturdays, 11am-2pm; Sundays, 4-7pm
WHERE: Gateway Center, 501 Gateway Drive, East New York
WHAT: Meet Santa at the Holiday Tree and take free photos. Santa will be at the Food Court or at the Art Walk.
WANT TO GO? 718-235-0467. http://shopgatewaycenterbrooklyn.com/.
Photos with Santa
WHEN: Nov. 7- Dec. 24, 11/7-12/11 Mondays-Saturdays, 12-8pm; Sundays, 11am-7p; 12/12-12/23 Mondays-Sundays, 10am-9pm; 12/24 10am-6pm. Closed Thanksgiving
WHERE: Kings Plaza Shopping Center, 5100 Kings Plaza, Old Mill Basin
WHAT: Santa will be available for photos and visits at his holiday home. Want to see Santa sooner? Get a Fast Pass to make your family’s visit even easier! Reserve online.
WANT TO GO? Photo packages available for purchase. 718-253-6844. https://www.kingsplazaonline.com/Events/Details/530491.
FREE Macy's Santaland
WHEN: Nov. 29- Dec. 24, 10am-10pm
WHERE: 151 W. 34th St., Midtown
WHAT: Visit the 13,000 square-foot Christmas village to meet Saint Nick (make a reservation in advance), board the Santaland Express, visit the Kinder™ Sweet Shoppe, enter the Enchanted Forest, and explore Santa’s Workshop.
WANT TO GO? 212-695-4400. www.macys.com/social/santa-land/.
WHEN: Dec. 8-24, 10am-9pm
WHERE: 55 Richmond Terrace, St. George
WHAT: Kids can tell Santa what they’d like for Christmas from Dec. 8-24. You can also pick up a seasonal keepsake to take home, and Empire Outlets will be collecting letters to Santa beginning Dec. 3 as well.
WANT TO GO? $29.99 and up for prints. 929-262-6710. empireoutlets.nyc.
FREE Pictures with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 30, 12-3pm
WHERE: 71st Avenue Plaza, 71st Avenue between Stephen St. & Forest Avenue (Myrtle Avenue)
WHAT: Santa's helpers will give out free candy canes and a free gift (while supplies last). There will be live holiday music. From late November to early January there will be holiday lights every evening and from 11am-7pm will also be holiday music during the day on Myrtle Avenue throughout December to spread some holiday cheer. Please call 718-366-3806 for more information.
WANT TO GO? 718-381-7974. www.Ridgewood-NY.com.
FREE Tree Lighting Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 7pm
WHERE: Lawn South of Rivercross, 501 Main St., Roosevelt Island
WHAT: Holiday tree lighting ceremony includes live music, holiday performances from community groups, giveaways, raffle prizes, and Santa!
WANT TO GO? 212-832-4540. rioc.ny.gov.
FREE Jammin’ in my Jammies Breakfast with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 8-10am
WHERE: Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst
WHAT: Get out your best pajamas and mark your calendars for December 7 8 AM- 10 AM. Our Jammin’ In My Jammies event is almost here! Join us to rock out with Santa and DJ Omar. Enjoy a delicious breakfast from Applebee's, music, dance, prizes, crafts, special surprises and a contest with DJ Omar.
WANT TO GO? https://www.shopqueenscenter.com.
FREE Christmas in the Garden
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 12-5pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
WHAT: Enjoy live musical performances, photos with Santa, holiday crafts, tree lighting, and blowout sales at the QBG Shop!
WHY WE LOVE IT: A wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit.
WANT TO GO? 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.
FREE Holiday Crafts and Cookies
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 12-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica
WHAT: Santa Claus is coming to the Central Library! Come enjoy holiday songs and crafts, and receive a free picture with Santa!
12-3pm: Meet and take a picture with Santa - Main Lobby
12:30-2pm: Holiday Tunes with Kelly J. Fallon (voice) and Dylan DeFeo (Keyboard) - Main Lobby
1-3pm: Children’s face painting, balloon twisting, and crafts - CLDC
2:30-4pm: The Christmas Band - Main Lobby
WANT TO GO? 718-990-0778. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/Central-Library.
Holiday Cookies and Crafts
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 12-2pm
WHERE: Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Bayside
WHAT: Join BHS at the Castle for this walk-in workshop. Families are invited to craft delightful decorations celebrating the winter season. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served, and Santa will be making an appearance.
WANT TO GO? $5 per child; $15 max per family. https://www.baysidehistorical.org/.
FREE Photos with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 9am-2pm
WHERE: Maspeth Federal Savings, 56-18 69th St., Maspeth
WHAT: Bring in the little ones to take a photo with Santa!
WANT TO GO? maspethfederal.com.
Cookies with Santa
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 14, 1:30-2:30pm, 3-4pm (for kids ages 3 and younger), and 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: My Gym Fresh Meadows, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Suite 310, Fresh Meadows
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Bring the kids to enjoy Christmas songs, dances, games, relays, cookies and milk, and pictures with Santa. Pre-registration required. Registration closes 72 hours prior to the event or when the event is full.
WANT TO GO? $18. 718-380-4599. mygym.com/queens.
'The Nutcracker' By The Joffrey Ballet School
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 3:30pm
WHERE: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City
AGES: 5-12, adult
WHAT: This performance is a special one-hour rendition, meet-and-greet with principle dancers, and just when you think the excitement has ended, participants can visit Santa in the magical toyland.
WANT TO GO? $20; $15 per person for groups of 4 and more. 718-482-5151. lpac.nyc.