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Where to Meet Santa in Westchester and Rockland Counties

Where to Meet Santa in Westchester and Rockland Counties

Here are some of the best places to meet Santa Claus in Westchester and Rockland, plus Fairfield County, CT!

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 the New York metro area, and we've put together a list of the best spots to meet and have photos taken with him in in Rockland, BergenWestchester, and Fairfield counties. Plus, check out our guides for Long Island, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island!


Meet Santa in Rockland County

Santa Breakfast & Dance Party!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 , 9-11am
WHERE: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
WHAT: Enjoy a delicious buffet including, bacon, eggs, sausage, waffles, and more, all while listening to the sounds of the season with live entertainment.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A special chance to meet Santa and join him in a parade back to Santaland.
WANT TO GO? $22; $20 children ages 3-12. 845-348-1000.

FREE 'Toyland' Holiday Show
WHEN: Dec. 2 -23, Sundays, 1-4pm
WHERE: Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives, 213 Blue Hill Road, Pearl River
WHAT: A roomful of 19th- and 20th-century American toys will be on view and Santa will be there!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will love comparing their modern-day marvels with traditional trinkets.
WANT TO GO? 8453981302.

FREE Bells on Broadway – Holiday Market and Children's Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17 , 11am-4pm
WHERE: The Ritz Theater, 107 Broadway, Newburgh
WHAT: Attendees enjoy live music, storytelling, holiday dancers, strolling carolers, a holiday magician, crafts for the kids, and photos with Santa and Frosty.
WANT TO GO? 845-784-1199.

FREE Tree Lighting & Santa's Arrival
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9 , 5-7pm
WHERE: Palisades Center Level 1, East Court, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
WHAT: Ring in the holiday season with Santa and lots of fun!
WANT TO GO? 845-348-1000.


Pizza with Santa
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7 , 6-8:30pm
WHERE: JTS Community Center, 115 Torne Valley Road, Hillburn
WHAT: Enjoy pizza, holiday music, a bounce house, and arts and crafts, followed by a visit and photo op with Santa!
WANT TO GO? $10 per family of five; $1 per additional child. 845-753-2324.


RELATED: Get Rockland Holiday Happenings Sent to You

Meet Santa in Bergen County

FREE Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 23 , 7-9pm
WHERE: Downtown Hasbrouck Heights, Williams Avenue , Hasbrouck Heights
WHAT: Floats in the Parade will be judged and awarded prizes. Bring the kids for pictures with Santa after the parade.
WANT TO GO? 201-288-0195.

FREE Ridgewood Chamber Annual 32nd Downtown For The Holidays
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 30 , 5:30-9pm
WHERE: Downtown Ridgewood, East Ridgewood Avenue and Memorial Park, Ridgewood
WHAT: Enjoy music, festive activities, Santa, and more at this annual tree-lighting celebration.


Meet Santa in Westchester County

Brunch with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 8 , 10am and 1:45pm
WHERE: Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford
WHAT: Share a memorable time with your kids through musical entertainment, a sing-along, and good food.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Bring your camera so you can take a picture with Santa.
WANT TO GO? $40; $27 children ages 13 and younger. 914-592-2222.

Westchester's Winter Wonderland
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 31 , Thursdays, 5-9pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 5-10pm; Sundays, 5-9pm
WHERE: Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Road, Valhalla
WHAT: Celebrate the season with ice skating, rides, a holiday circus, magic shows, a musical light show and Christmas tree, and a Santa experience!
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a fun, festive night out on the town for the whole family.
WANT TO GO? $18-$20; free for children 3 and younger. 914-231-4600.


FREE Annual Christmas Tree Sale
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 , 8am-1pm
WHERE: Huguenot Memorial Church, 901 Pelhamdale Ave., Pelham
WHAT: Come ready to scope out trees, decorations, gifts, and snacks, then visit with Santa in the church library.
WANT TO GO? 914-738-3488.


Santa Visits the Rosen House
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16 , 12pm and 3pm
WHERE: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah
WHAT: The little ones will be in for an adventure with I Spy a Santa or Two in the Music Room, followed by a 30-minute concert of holiday songs, and a visit with Santa Claus.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 children. 914-232-1252.


Brunch with Santa
WHEN: Dec. 15 -16, Saturday-Sunday, 9:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm
WHERE: Stew Leonard's, 1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers
WHAT: Families are invited to a special holiday brunch ad photo op with Santa, Rudolph, and Wow the Cow and Cynthia Chick.
WANT TO GO? $16.95; $11.95 children younger than 12. 914-375-4700.


Photos with Santa + Free Gift
WHEN: Nov. 9 - Dec. 24 , see website for schedule
WHERE: Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
WHAT: Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home. Throughout the season there will also be a pop-up holiday ice skating rink, a tree lighting celebration, and Cocoa & Carols with Mrs. Claus.
WANT TO GO? Participants must purchase one of two photo packages for $39.99 or $49.99. 914-968-9570.


Holidays on the Hill Train Show
WHEN: Dec. 1 -30, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-6pm
WHERE: Lasdon Park, 2610 Amawalk Road, Katonah
WHAT: Take the family to see lights, trains, the decorated main house, a conservatory exhibit, and to meet Santa.
WANT TO GO? $5-$10. 914-864-7263.

Jessica Lynn- 'A Very Merry Country Christmas'
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15 , 8pm
WHERE: Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill
WHAT: Country music star Jessica Lynn performs alongside dancers, singers, musicians, dazzling effects, a "Toys for Tots" drive, and maybe even a visit from Santa himself!
WANT TO GO? $25-$35. 914-739-0039.

RELATED: Get Westchester Holiday Happenings Sent to You

Meet Santa in Fairfield County, CT


Greenwich Reindeer Festival
WHEN: Through Dec. 23, Monday-Friday, 12-6pm; Saturdays, 9am-6pm
WHERE: Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses, 437 North St., Greenwich, CT
WHAT: Visit the "North Pole on North Street" to visit live reindeer, and to have your photo taken with Santa. Ride the Winter Wonderland Carousel Rides and the North Polar Express Train rides.
WANT TO GO? Free but there is a fee for photos with Santa, carousel, and train rides. 203-869-8464.

Shark-Diving Santa
WHEN: Dec. 6 -30, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12:15pm and 2:15pm
WHERE: Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Santa Claus will join The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team in December to help demonstrate that sharks aren’t blood-thirsty killers. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Watch him swim up to the exhibit window and pose for pictures! 
WANT TO GO? $24.95; $22.95 seniors; $17.95 children ages 3-12. 203-852-0700.

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