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Where To See Santa in New York City

Enjoy a visit with Santa and get your picture taken

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Get your picture taken (or even have breakfast!) with Santa at these stores, restaurants and events in New York City.

1. See Santa at Macy's in New York City

Macy's Santaland - Boy Visiting Santa
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The Classic Choice
Visiting Santa at Macy's is very popular -- which means there is often quite a line to get your photo taken with the big guy. Santaland at Macy's is very well done and our tips for visiting Santa at Macy's will help you save time and headaches. We've also got directions for making a free reservation to see Santa if you want to avoid the line!

When Is Santa at Macy's? November 29-December 24, 2013
Fri. Nov. 29: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. (day after Thanksgiving)
Sat. Nov 20: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 1 - Tues. Dec. 3: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 4 - Fri. Dec. 6: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 7: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 8 - Fri. Dec. 13: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 14 & Sun. Dec. 15: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 16 - Fri. Dec. 20: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 21: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 22 & Mon. Dec. 23: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Dec 24, 2013: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

More: Visitors Guide to Seeing Santa at Macy's

2. See Santa at Bloomingdale's on 59th Street

Photo with Santa at Bloomingdale's

If you're looking for a classic, low-frills Santa visit, consider hitting Bloomingdale's flagship location. While it's still a popular choice, the fact that it doesn't have all the bells and whistles that Macy's does ensures a shorter wait and less chaos. Santa is located on the eighth floor of Bloomingdale's (in the children's department).

When Is Santa at Bloomingdale's? November 29-December 23, 2013
Weekdays: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Visitors Guide: Seeing Santa at Bloomingdale's

3. Have Breakfast with Santa at Macy's

Head to Stella 34 inside of Macy's for a breakfast experience with Santa! Breakfast is $50 for adults, $35 for children and includes an Italian breakfast feast, table visits from Santa and his elves, treats to bring home, a keepsake “on Santa’s knee” photograph with a digital download ($39.95 value at Macy’s Santaland), and a complimentary prosecco bellini (for adults), all in a festive atmosphere complete with music and a gingerbread and confections display.

Schedule: two seatings at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on November 30 and December 1, December 7 and 8, December 14 and 15, and December 19-24, 2013. Advanced reservations are required: reserve online.

4. Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa
Patina Restaurant Group

Have breakfast at the Rock Center Cafe or Sea Grill, including a toy and visit with Santa and his elves, followed by an ice skating session at the Rink at Rock Center. Offered November 29-December 1, December 8 and daily from December 13-24, 2013. Reservations are essential. Tickets are $90-105 for adults, $65-75 for children 3-10 (higher prices apply at The Sea Grill, which offers a more extensive breakfast).

Review: Breakfast with Santa at Rock Center Cafe
More: Details and Reservations

5. Breakfast With Santa ZEPHYR Cruise

On Saturday, December 14, 2013 have breakfast with Santa while enjoying a sightseeing cruise aboard the Zephyr Yacht. This two-hour cruise boards from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $45 for adults, $35 for children (ages 3-12) and there are family packages (2 Adults/2 Children) for $130. (Family package must be booked over the phone by calling 212-742-1969.)

6. See Santa at ABC Carpet & Home

Santa at ABC Home & Carpet
Photo by Dan Cross, licensed to About.com
Bring your kids to ABC Carpet & Home to visit with Santa on select weekends (as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving) in December just steps from Union Square.

When Is Santa at ABC Carpet & Home?
November 29, 30 & December 7, 14 & 21: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
December 1, 8, 15 & 22: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ABC Carpet & Home Essentials
  • Address: 888 Broadway (19th Street)
  • Phone: 212-473-3000

7. The Plaza Santa

Plaza Santa
Photo courtesy of The Plaza.
Visit Santa on the Concourse Level of The Plaza Food Hall beginning Friday, November 29, 2013. Photos start at $29.

When Is Santa at The Plaza?

November 29 - December 24, 2013:

  • Monday-Friday 12pm-7pm
  • Saturdays:  1:30pm-7pm
  • Sundays:  12pm-6pm

8. Reverse Santa at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Reverse Santa at Ripley's Time Square
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
Looking for an off-beat Santa experience? Head to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square for their Reverse Santa experience, where Santa will sit on YOUR lap on Saturdays, December 14th and 21st from 12pm to 7pm. Free with admission, though photos and other souvenirs are extra.

 

9. Visit Santa at The Brooklyn Children's Museum

Awaiting 2013 update.
On December 20, 2012 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. museum visitors can see Santa and have a photo taken for just $5.

Visitors Guide: Brooklyn Children's Museum

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