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You can start visiting Santa the day after Thanksgiving at most locations in New York City. Also each day closer to Christmas day means longer lines to visit Santa. So, if you would like to have a meltdown free Santa visit this year plan to go the Friday, Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving, go early in the morning preferably before noon. If the first weekend does not work for you then early on weekdays are your best option.

Here are the top locations to visit Santa in New York City

  1. Rockefeller Center Breakfast with Santa: Saturdays and Sundays starting November 24th at the Rock Center Cafe, $65 for adults $55 for Children. Make your reservations early because breakfast with Santa sells out every year. What is included in your reservation; family style breakfast, visit from Santa and his Elves, holiday gift for kids and VIP skating admission to the rink (skate prices not included).
  2. Macy’s Santaland: Friday November 23rd – Monday December 24th during Macy’s store hours. Located on the 8th floor of Macy’s Herald Square. Cost is FREE to meet Santa and take photos with your own camera. Photos taken by Macy’s start around $25 and up.
  3. ABC Carpet and Home Santa: November 23, 24 & December 1, 8, 15 & 22: 10am – 3pm; November 25, December 2, 9, 16 & 23: 11am – 3pm. The most regal looking Santa is at ABC Carpet and Home. This is where we have taken H every year, but trust me the lines do get long. The cost is FREE but no photographer on site so don’t forget to bring your own camera! Also all believers leave with a handmade lollypop.
  4. Santa’s Winter Garden: Friday December 7th – Sunday December 9th. Located downtown at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden. The indoor location is beautiful and bright all year round. Photo packages start at $20. Proceeds benefit New York Theatre Ballet.
  5. J&R Jr: Saturday December 8th and Sunday December 9th from 11am -2pm Santa will be coming to J&R Jr.
  6. SantaCon NYC: Saturday December 15th. Ok this is really not a kids event, it is more like a Santa pub crawl but if you happen to be walking around the city during SantaCon it is an amazing sight to see. They expect to get 20,000 Santa’s this year!

Do you have a favorite place in New York City to visit Santa?