Where to Meet Santa on Long Island This Year

Where to Meet Santa on Long Island This Year

Here are some of the best places to meet Santa Claus in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Between your usual Christmas activities, like cutting your own tree or getting a jump on your holiday shopping, take some time to visit the man in the red suit! Luckily, there are so many places to meet Santa in Long Island, and we've put together a list of the best spots to meet and have photos taken with him in Nassau and Suffolk counties! Plus, check out our guides for NYC and Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties!

 

Photos with Santa in Nassau County

Festival of Trees
WHEN:
Nov. 29- Dec. 1, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City
AGES: All
WHAT: A holiday extravaganza that features a display of unique designer decorated 7 ft trees, gingerbread, live entertainment, Santa, vendors free indoor ice skating, Star Wars Saturday, Dept 56 shop, kids activities and entrance to Cradle of Aviation museum.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 for children; free for children 2 and younger. 516-572-4111. www.cpnassau.org.

Christmas at Westbury House
WHEN: Nov. 29- Dec. 1, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Old Westbury House, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: With decorated period rooms, Santa, cookies, and cider, this holiday celebration is a must for the entire family.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors 62 and older and students with ID; $7 children 7-17; free for members and children 6 and younger. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Kids’ Night Out: Santa Claus is Coming to Town!
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 5:45-8pm
WHERE: M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym, 2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore
AGES: 2-12
WHAT: See Santa, make a Santa Craft & Christmas Stocking Goodie Bag. Includes gym-time, game-time, dinner and dessert. Reserve your spot today–event fills quickly.
WANT TO GO? $30; $24 siblings. 516-221-1330. www.matsskidsgym.com.

FREE Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 6pm
WHERE: Veteran’s Memorial, Bellmore Village, Southeast corner Bedford Avenue and Broadway, Bellmore
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores for an old fashion Christmas! Festivities will include Christmas Tree Lighting (7 PM), a visit from Santa, live nativity, festive holiday music, horse & carriage rides* (6-9 PM), trolley rides through the community* (6-10 PM), and refreshments.* *Slight Fee
WANT TO GO? 516-679-1875. bellmorechamber.com.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 9-10am
WHERE: Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Mall, Hicksville
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a special breakfast prepared by Panera Bread as they hand out a free gift, play games, trivia and more! Then, take your photo with Santa Claus after the event to receive a $20 Gift Card to Carter’s or The Children’s Place. *ONE Gift Card per photo package purchase, while supplies last, details subject to change* HOW TO REGISTER: Registration begins on Monday, November 25th and ends on Wednesday, December 4th. Text BWSANTA to 89881 then follow the prompts exactly, replying with ONE FULL name (if you enter more than one child, the submission will not work, ex. John Smith), then age (enter with a number only ex. ‘5’ not ‘5 years old’), then your full email address.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 per child. 516-822-6336. https://atbroadwaycommons.com/events/breakfast-with-santa/.

Cookies with Santa!
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Wood Kingdom West, 120 Milbar Blvd., Farmingdale
AGES: 4 and younger
WHAT: Santa Claus is coming to town!! Join Wood Kingdom West for their ANNUAL Cookies with Santa! Santa will be in the room from 10:30-11:30 during playtime. Wear your favorite Christmas pajamas and bring your list for Santa's Mailbox!
WANT TO GO? $25. 631-845-3805. https://www.swingsetnow.com/collections/cookies-with-santa.

Santa Cares
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 9-10:30am
WHERE: Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Mall, Hicksville
AGES: All
WHAT: Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on Eventbrite - ONE TICKET per group/family, please. Please use Macy's entrance. Visit the center’s website for additional information.
WANT TO GO? Photo packages available to purchase. 516-822-6336. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/broadway-commons-128-santa-care.

FREE Holiday Tree Lighting
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30-8pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: Tree lighting takes place at 6pm sharp! Enjoy a snack at Magnolia cafe, visit with Santa, listen to carolers and stop in at the gift shop, all located in the Visitor Center. See the spectacular poinsettia display in the Main Greenhouse. Explore the grounds and buildings until 8pm.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-8600. plantingfields.org.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, 9am and 11am
WHERE: Stew Leonard’s, 1897 Front St., East Meadow
AGES: All
WHAT: Families are invited to a special holiday breakfast with Santa and Wow the Cow at Stew Leonard's! Each child will be able to take a picture with Santa.
WANT TO GO? $14.99; $12.99 children younger than 11. 516-394-9001. www.stewleonards.com.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, 10am and 12pm
WHERE: Stew Leonard’s, 261 Airport Plaza Blvd., Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Families are invited to a special breakfast with Santa and his friend Wow the Cow! Each child will be able to take a picture with Santa.
WANT TO GO? $16.99; $14.99 ages 10 and younger. 516-962-8210. https://www.stewleonards.com/.

Pet Photos with Santa
WHEN: Through Dec. 15, Sundays, 7pm
WHERE: Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City
AGES: All
WHAT: Customers love their furry (and not so furry) friends! Here’s a chance to get their keepsake picture taken with Santa. The set receives extensive cleaning following the event to minimize potential risks to allergy sufferers.
WANT TO GO? Photo packages available to purchase. 516-742-8001. https://www.simon.com/mall/roosevelt-field.

Cookies with Santa
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Wood Kingdom West, 120 Milbar Blvd., Farmingdale
AGES: 4 and younger
WHAT: Santa Claus is coming to town!! Join Wood Kingdom West for their ANNUAL Cookies with Santa! Santa will be in the room from 10:30-11:30 during playtime. Wear your favorite Christmas pajamas and bring your list for Santa's Mailbox!
WANT TO GO? $25. 631-845-3805. https://www.swingsetnow.com/collections/cookies-with-santa.

Brunch with Santa
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 10am, 12pm, 2pm
WHERE: Library Café, 247 Main St., Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Library Café will host a special brunch with Santa. Santa will hand out treats and take photos. In addition to the regular menu, a brunch buffet will be served including unlimited champagne and mimosas. The regular a la carte menu will also be available. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant.
WANT TO GO? $28; $15 children. 516-752-7678. www.thelibrarycafe.com.

Photos with Santa
WHEN: Through Dec. 24, see website for schedule
WHERE: Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City
AGES: All
WHAT: Stop by North Court and give Santa your wish list and take a photo.
WANT TO GO? Photo packages available to purchase. 516-742-8001. https://www.simon.com/mall/roosevelt-field.

Pet Photos with Santa
WHEN: Through Dec. 17, Tuesdays, 7-9pm
WHERE: Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Mall, Hicksville
AGES: All
WHAT: It’s time…time to get an adorable, keepsake photo of your pet (and your family too!) with Santa Paws! Bring your furry friend down to Broadway for Paws & Claus night! *DOMESTIC PETS ONLY* Best entrance to bring your furry friend through is Entry 7 (by The Children's Place).
WANT TO GO? Photo packages available for purchase. 516-822-6336. https://atbroadwaycommons.com/events/pet-photos-with-santa/.

Cookies with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 21, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Wood Kingdom West, 120 Milbar Blvd., Farmingdale
AGES: 4 and younger
WHAT: Santa Claus is coming to town!! Join Wood Kingdom West for their ANNUAL Cookies with Santa! Santa will be in the room from 10:30-11:30 during playtime. Wear your favorite Christmas pajamas and bring your list for Santa's Mailbox!
WANT TO GO? $25. 631-845-3805. https://www.swingsetnow.com/collections/cookies-with-santa.

FREE Meet Santa
WHEN: Nov. 29- Dec. 23, Mondays-Fridays, 1-4pm and 5-8pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-1pm and 2-6pm; *Special hours on 11/28: 10am-1pm and 2-6pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet Santa at Hicks Nurseries! Bring your own camera to take some holiday photos.
WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066. hicksnurseries.com.

Photos with Santa
WHEN: Through Dec. 24, Mondays-Saturdays, 11am-9pm; Sundays, 11am-6pm; Christmas Eve, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Mall, Hicksville
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit Santa at Broadway Commons! See Santa sooner with Fast Pass this Holiday season. Pre-purchase your Santa Photo Package online, book your FastPass reservation and visit the FastPass line at Broadway Commons!
WANT TO GO? Photo packages available for purchase. 516-822-6336. https://atbroadwaycommons.com/events/photos-with-santa-2019/.

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Magic of Lights Drive-Through Show
WHEN: Nov. 22- Jan. 4, 2020, Sunday-Thursday, 5-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 5-11pm
WHERE: Jones Beach, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy LED lighting displays and digital animations, hot cocoas, s’mores by the fire pit, holiday music and movies, a hay maze, and pictures with Santa.
WANT TO GO? $20-30 per car. 917-355-3531. magicoflights.com/jonesbeach/.

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Photos with Santa in Suffolk County

FREE Annual Tree Lighting
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 30, 4:30pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Mansion, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
AGES: All
WHAT: This free, popular event includes carol singing, a children’s ornament-making workshop, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus (great photo opportunity), hot chocolate and cookies.
WANT TO GO? 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

FREE Santa Parade 2019
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 3-3:30pm
WHERE: Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Main St., Port Jefferson
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the family to see the Santa Parade in the Village of Port Jefferson.
WANT TO GO? 631-473-1414. www.portjeffchamber.com.

FREE Caring Santa Photo Experience
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 9-10:30am
WHERE: Walt Whitman Mall, 160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
AGES: All
WHAT: Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. RSVP online.
WANT TO GO? 516-621-1446. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caring-santa-tickets-7820106649.

Santa Brunch
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 7, 11am-3pm
WHERE: The Post Office Café, 130 W. Main St., Babylon
AGES: All
WHAT: Have brunch with Santa. The brunch and regular menu will be served. Reservations for large parties are recommended.
WANT TO GO? See menu. 631-669-9224. www.postofficecafe.com.

FREE 17th Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Relive this historic event with the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society when Santa arrives at the Lighthouse. Great photo opportunity! Come early.
WANT TO GO? 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

FREE Holiday Open Houses at Riverhead
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, 11:30am-3pm
WHERE: Railroad Museum of Long Island, 416 Griffing Ave., Riverhead
AGES: All
WHAT: Everyone is welcome to visit the Railroad Museum of Long Island, decorated for the holidays, at Riverhead! Santa will arrive each day at 12 noon on the H.K. Porter steam locomotive No.1 FREE Admission, refreshments, gifts for good girls and boys, gift shop open, LIONEL Polar Express Trainset Raffle.
WANT TO GO? 631-727-7920. https://rmli.org/event/holiday-open-houses-at-riverhead/.

Santa Brunch
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Maxwell’s, 501 Main St., Islip
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Have brunch with Santa and take pictures. Reservations suggested.
WANT TO GO? See menu. 631-210-0011. www.maxwellsny.com.

Santa Brunch
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 10am, 12pm, 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the season at the Long Island Aquarium's annual Santa Brunch! Enjoy a delicious buffet brunch in the beautiful Sea Star Ballroom, make a special take-home holiday keepsake and don't forget the camera to capture a family photo with Santa! Then spend the day in the Aquarium. It's family fun for everyone! Reservations required. All prices plus tax.
WANT TO GO? $54.95; $49.95 members; $26.95 ages 3-12; $23.95 ages 3-12 members; $5 ages 2 and younger. 631-208-9200 x426. www.longislandaquarium.com.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15, 8am, 10am, 12pm
WHERE: Heritage Center, 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Road, Mt. Sinai
AGES: All
WHAT: This event will include a buffet breakfast complete with eggs, french toast, bacon, sausage, bagels, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea. Also included is a family photo with Santa and a favor for each child. Please bring along a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry. Reservations required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $16 ages 2-10; free for children younger than 2. 631-509-0882. msheritagetrust.org.

FREE Pet Photos with Santa
WHEN:
Through Dec. 15, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring your furry friend for photos with Santa!
WANT TO GO? 631-724-1433. https://www.simon.com/mall/smith-haven-mall/stores/santa-pho.

FREE Pet Photos with Santa
WHEN: Through Dec. 15, Sundays, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Walt Whitman Mall, 160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring your furry friend for photos with Santa!
WANT TO GO? 631-271-1741. https://www.simon.com/mall/walt-whitman-shops/stores/santa-p.

FREE Santa’s Workshop
WHEN: Nov. 30- Dec. 21, 11/30, 1-4pm; 12/1, 3:30-5:30pm; All other Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Drowned Meadow Cottage, Corner of W. Broadway & Barnum, Port Jefferson
AGES: All
WHAT: Santa will greet the children and there will also be photo opportunities with Santa!
WANT TO GO? 631-473-1414. www.portjeff.com.

Holiday Winter Wonderland
WHEN: Nov. 29- Dec. 22, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville
AGES: All
WHAT: Take your picture with Santa and visit the animals in the indoor heated wonderland. There's the bubble rain ride and pony rides available too.
WANT TO GO? $16.95. 631-351-9373. www.whitepostfarms.com.

Santa Visits the Three Village Inn
WHEN: Dec. 7-22, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30am-2pm
WHERE: Three Village Inn, 150 Main St., Stony Brook
AGES: All
WHAT: Mirabelle Restaurant and Mirabelle Tavern at the Three Village Inn will host Santa, his elves and strolling carolers for brunch. Reservations are suggested.
WANT TO GO? $38.95; $19.50 ages 9 and younger. 631-751-0555. www.threevillageinn.com.

Brunch with Santa
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 22, 11am, 11:30am, 1pm
WHERE: View, 3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Pick from 1 of 3 two hour seating and have brunch with Santa. Call for reservations.
WANT TO GO? $38.95; $19.50 ages 3-12. 631-589-2694. www.viewoakdale.com.

Polar Express Trolley Ride
WHEN: Nov. 29- Dec. 23, see website for times
WHERE: The All-Star Bowling Alley, 96 Main Road, Riverhead
AGES: All
WHAT: Depart from Riverhead and travel north, interacting with characters from the movie and listening to a reading of The Polar Express. When you arrive at the North Pole, you will disembark the trolley and your Conductor will guide you inside where you will meet and interact with a number of other characters including “The Big Guy” himself – Santa! Plenty of singing and dancing along with hot cocoa and cookies for everyone. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas!
WANT TO GO: $57. 631-998-3565. https://www.northforktrolley.com/PolarExpress.php.

Santa Photo Experience
WHEN: Through Dec. 24, see website for schedule
WHERE: Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
AGES: All
WHAT: Families can make magical memories by taking photos with Santa.
WANT TO GO? Photos available for purchase. 631-724-8066. simon.com/mall/smith-haven-mall.

Santa Photo Experience
WHEN: Through Dec. 24, see website for schedule
WHERE: Walt Whitman Mall, 160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit Santa and see the new Santa Set, sponsored by Lidl Grocery Store, featuring over 20,000 LED light bulbs and a16-foot-tall Christmas tree. Plus, Santa will be seated in the center for a 360-degree experience and ready to make family memories this holiday season. Your child will also have the option of dropping off their special letters to Santa in a mailbox, which he makes sure to collect every night.
WANT TO GO? Photo packages for purchase. 631-271-1741. https://www.simon.com/mall/walt-whitman-shops/stores/santa-p.