Bloomingdales flagship store in New York City is a great place to take your kids to see Santa. We found the experience at Bloomingdales to be a stark contrast to the one at Macy's Santaland -- Santa was warm and friendly and (perhaps because we were there mid-week early in December) there wasn't much waiting.
Bloomingdale's Santaland is open from November 23 - December 23, 2012. From 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays.
What To Expect When You See Santa At Bloomingdales
There aren't a lot of "bells & whistles" at Santaland in Bloomingdale's -- Santa is sitting in a big chair ready to ask your little one what they'd like for Christmas and pose for a picture. There were small gifts for the kids (coloring books, etc.) and we found Santa to be very warm and friendly.
Getting Your Picture Taken With Santa at Bloomingdale's
There wasn't any pressure to buy photos (so you could visit Santa without a memento if you wanted) but packages were reasonably priced ranging from $20-45. We chose a $30 package that included 2 5x7s, 2 3x5s, 4 wallet-sized photos, and our photo on a CD. There was also a $10 Shutterfly gift certificate included. The disc included a single image, even thought they shot several as Santa and the elves tried to get my 2-year-old daughter to cooperate. The image on the disc was 2016 x 2822 pixels, making it high-resolution enough to print a good quality 10"x12" photo.
How Long Can It Take To See Santa at Bloomingdale's?
Directions To See Santa at Bloomingdale's
You can enter Bloomingdale's on Lexington or Third Avenues, between 59th and 60th Streets.
Subway service to Bloomingdale's:
- N/R/W or the 4/5/6 to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue stop
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