If you wander through the streets of New York during the weeks leading up to Christmas you’re sure to see more than your fair share of Santas, but during the hustle and bustle of the season you may not have time to visit them all. Enjoy the season and the big man himself with a list of the best places to go and visit Santa this holiday in order to ensure that everyone in your family gets just what they want this Christmas.
Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
Possibly the most famous Santa meet and greet out there, Macy’s Santaland hosts the joyfull St. Nick from the day after the Thanksgiving Parade through Christmas Eve. Admission to Santaland is free, but picture packages with Santa range from $19.99 to $59.99. Bring your camera as well and enjoy the various photo opportunities throughout this decorated wonderland as you wait to meet the man with all the toys.
Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, 1000 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Featuring their own winter wonderland, Bloomingdale’s flagship store offers an enchanting Santa experience with shorter lines and photo packages starting at $22. While not overly decked out with bells and whistles, this simpler setup hosts a friendly Santa and small toys for the children as well.
ABC Home & Carpet
888 & 881 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Every Saturday and Sunday through Christmas, ABC Home and Carpet receives a special visitor who is looking to make spirits bright. The store transforms around their Santa and allows families and children to explain their Christmas wishes to St. Nick. Meeting Santa is free, but visitors will need to bring their own cameras for pictures.
Rockefeller Center Breakfast with Santa
Rock Center Café, 20 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10020
For an early morning treat, head over to Rock Center Café and enjoy a breakfast with Santa, complete with pancakes, candy canes, and a photo opportunity with the season’s saint. Kids receive a special gift to go along with their full stomachs. Afterwards enjoy a VIP pass for the iconic ice skating rink outside Rockefeller Center where you can watch Santa show off his skating skills and join him in reveling in the spirit of the season.
Santa’s Winter Garden
Brookfield Place, 220 Vesey Street at West Street
Santa has arrived at the second floor of Battery Park City’s Brookfield Place and brought with him a festive and fun environment for the whole family. Get a picture with the holiday icon and take part in tons of fun activities while you wait. Photo packages begin at $22 and allow for small pups on certain days.