Where to See Santa in Brooklyn and NYC
Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? We can’t either but the decor has been popping up in store windows and the appearances of Santa Claus are starting in a few days. We updated our annual classic list of spots like ABC Carpet & Home and Macy’s but added some new spots too. All of them offer you an opportunity to see Santa, take a picture with him (some for a price) and even pass along your kids’ wish list. We are updating the list frequently as more Saint Nick appearances are released and some below get finalized dates.
Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd from 2pm — 6pm
Santa at Mini Jake
But, like, not just any Santa. It’s a lady Santa, which is like 10x more exciting! From the website, “This Santa is anything but your department store variety! Fifth-generation Brooklynite Erica Goepel (that’s right, Santa’s a girl) is full of joy, enrobed in a handmade costume based on traditional St. Nicholas images. Mini Jake has invited professional photographer and cameraman Patrick J. Walsh of the animation house Walsh Family Media, to capture your child’s holiday experience, tears and smiles alike! Plus the first 15 families go home with a FREE gift from Mini Jake and a goody bag from the Hip Tot Music Fest!”
Details: 178 North 9th Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $20 for pictures and extra prints available. Visit the website to RSVP.
Saturday, December 1st at 12pm
Meet Sinterklaas and Santa at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
CRAFTS, FOOD, MUSIC, TREE LIGHTING & Visits from Sinterklaas and Santa Claus! Enjoy a special visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum with his horse (toting traditional Dutch holiday treats), followed by a theatrical reading of the Dutch-American Christmas tale, The Baker’s Dozen. Don’t miss a chance to meet St. Nicholas’s 19th century American counterpart, Santa Claus, first popularized in the 19th century by the writings of native New Yorker Washington Irving and the artwork of New York immigrant Thomas Nast.
Details: 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $5/adults; $3/children (10 and under); FREE for museum members. Visit the website for more information.
Through December 24 from 9:00am -5:30pm
Santa and Puppet Show at Macy’s
This is the most famous Santa in New York complete with gorgeous train displays, lights, trees, bags of toys and of course Jolly Old Saint Nick. Funny enough, Karen (founder of A Child Grows in Brooklyn) meet him one year on the subway. He told her that one weekend over 3,000 visitors came to visit and take pictures. Tips: Though this is a beautiful winter wonderland, the wait can be unpleasant. Those willing to brave the lines will have a festive backdrop and a beautiful photo with Santa but we suggest that you go early and try to visit Santa on a weekday so that you will be in and out in an hour. Make sure to bring your own camera as the photo options that Macy’s offers aren’t cheap with prices starting at $18.99 for a 6×8 picture. NEW this year; With Macys updated app, you have got a VIP ticket to bypass the crowds in Santaland and go right to Santas Village. Just download the app and select Herald Square from the “Stores” option. Then, book your time and use your Express Pass to meet Santa. iPhone and Android friendly.The puppet show is Yes, Virginia: While you’re at Macy’s, be sure to stop by the Puppet Theater on the 8th floor to see this fun puppet show, “Yes, Virginia”– a 30-minute musical version based on Virginia O’Hanlan’s 1897 letter to the Editor of the Sun newspaper, featuring Whoopi Goldberg’s voice and puppet as the Librarian. The show is produced by Puppetworks. The show is $5 per person (only in person).
Details: Take the Express Elevator at 35th & Broadway to the 8th floor of Macy’s Herald Square. Santaland is open daily from 9:00am-9:00pm from November 27th through Saturday, December 24th, 2011. Macy’s notes: Santa will return to the North Pole promptly at 5:30 P.M. on December 24th so he can load up his sleigh. Admission is free and digital photographs of your child with Santa will be available for purchase. For additional information, please call (212) 494-4495 or visit: Macy’s.com.
Wednesday, December 5th at 6:00pm
Fifth Avenue Tree Lighting plus Santa
Enjoy the tree lighting plus Santa and his helpers will be on-hand as well as music from Rolie Polie Guacamole and the MS 51 Chorus.
Details: 3rd Street and 5th Avenue. Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.
Friday, December 7th at 6:00pm
Christmas Tree Lighting in Carroll Park
Come to the Court Street end of the Valentino Ball Field to gather for the annual holiday tree lighting. Party at the park house to follow! Last year, there was singing, elves, gifts for the children and free refreshments and munchies and a visit from Santa. TBD if that will happen again this year. I’ll update!
Details: Valentino Ballfield and the Robert Acito Park House, Court St., Smith St., between Carroll Street and President Street, Brooklyn.
Saturday December 8th from 11:30 am- 1:30 pm
Santa at Honey Dew Drop
Get your picture taken with Santa and then stay for craft time to make tree ornaments, do a sing-a-long and hear a story.
Details: Honeydew Playhouse at 1113 Church ave Brooklyn NY 11218 718-941-2177. RSVP @ email@example.com
Saturday, December 8, 11 am- 2 pm
Santa Brunch, Parade and Caroling
Scrumptious pancakes, arts/crafts, music. Bring your camera for photos with Santa! Santa Parade will start in front of the school led by Santa and Hungry March Band, parade will march to McCarren Park and end near the Dog Run & Greenmarket. $10 pp for Santa Brunch, Kids under 1 year FREE. Parade FREE. Tickets can be purchased at www.townsquareinc.com
Details: John Ericsson MS 126 (424 Leonard St near Bayard St), transformed into Winter Wonderland.
Saturday, December 8th from 3-6 pm
Hank & JoJo Santa
Enjoy the new Fort Greene shop that has relocated from the Dekalb market. The owner, Adriana, has a huge family photo booth that fits 6-9 people who can all join in for a photo with Santa (even your pet can fit in!). The session will yield you a 4×6 print + jpeg + facebook all for $20. The first 25 photo sessions even get a gift bag. Enjoy Robicellis cupcakes while shopping and 10% of proceeds go to Sandy relief.
Details: 218 Dekalb Ave. 718-237-0826
Saturday, December 8th from 4- 7 pm (Rain date: Sunday, December 9th at 4pm)
Transit Garden Holiday Tree Lighting
Enjoy the neighborhood Transit Garden Holiday tree lighting with snacks, warm refreshments and even drinks for the grown-ups. Please bring a snack (cookies, hors d’oeuvres, etc) to share with friends and neighbors. Santa will also make an appearance!
Details: 2nd place and Smith street–across fr south exit of Carroll st stop F/G.
Sunday, December 9th, 2011 from 12:30-2:30 pm
Santa is Coming to Flatbush Avenue
Santa will be visiting Flatbush avenue to meet and greet Prospect Heights and Park Slope children and families. Santa will be on board the trolley that heads up and down North Flatbush Avenue from Grand Army Plaza to Atlantic Ave. They will be handing out FREE candy canes, balloons and kids can also get a free picture with Santa.
Details: Flatbush Avenue from Park Place to Bergen Street. For more info: 718-783-1685 or visit www.nfbid.com
Sunday December 9th at 11:30 am sharp!
Annual Santa Rescue
The New York City Fire Museum is hosting their Annual Santa Rescue on Sunday, December 12, 2010. After Firefighters demonstrate how they rescue Santa, he will be available for gift requests and pictures until 2:30pm. There will also be hot dogs and hot chocolate for purchase as well as live Christmas carols that will be performed live by John Clacher’s firehouse band.
Details: Admission is $10/Adults and $2/ Children..For additional information, please visit: NYC Fire Museum. The Museum is located on Spring Street between Varick and Hudson streets, is easily accessible via public transportation. By subway, take the C or E train (8th Avenue Local) to Spring Street. Walk one and half blocks west. Alternatively, you can take the 1 or 9 train (7th Avenue local) to Houston Street. Walk south 4 blocks to Spring Street and west half a block. You can also reach the Museum via the M10 (7th and 8th Avenue routes) or M21 (Hudson Street cross-town route) bus. Take either to Spring Street.
Saturday, December 15th: 2 seatings: 9:30 am and 10:30 am
First Presbyterian Santa Pancake Breakfast
This Santa pancake breakfast is a favorite for Brooklynites- it’s a real homey event with Santa, Christmas music and crafts. And, yes, Santa will sit for a pick with your kids. The pancakes are delish too.
Details: First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry Street (@ Clark Street). Tickets are $10 per person or $40 per family. Seats are limited. Call 718.624.3770 for reservations. Note: proceeds support children’s service projects in the community and our
Saturday, December 15th and Sunday December 16th 11am-7pm
Santa at The Brooklyn Lyceum Market
The Brooklyn Lyceum welcomes back SANTA to its Holiday Marketplace for the fifth consecutive year. Whether ironic or earnest, they will take your picture for you to post directly to facebook. One Free photo with proof of Lyceum Marketplace purchase. Free admission to the market.
Details: Brooklyn Lyceum 227 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 R train to Union Street Corner of President Street
Saturday, December 15 from 12-2 pm
Breakfast with Santa at Ceol Irish Pub
Ceol Irish Pub and Restaurant is hosting a festive holiday Breakfast with Santa. Brunch for adults will be just $10, with the option to add unlimited mimosas or Bloody Marys for an additional $10. Brunch for kids is $6 and includes milk, juice or lemonade. This includes a visit with Santa, a treat from Santa, and a craft project. Professional photos with Santa will be available for purchase. They are also asking parents to bring a small gift (under $10 value) with your child’s name clearly marked, for Santa to present to him or her.
Details: Ceol is located in Cobble Hill, 191 Smith Street at Warren (F or G to Bergen). Please RSVP with the number of adults/children to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 12th.
Saturday, December 15th at 1:30 pm
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise with Santa
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise is offering a 1.5 boat tour with Santa. Onboard the cruise, passengers can enjoy free photos with Santa Claus, live music from Princess Katie and Racer Steve, complimentary milk and cookies and a climate-controlled vessel. Get in the spirit of giving. Bring a new unwrapped toy & support the Toys for Tots Foundation. .
Details: $20 adults/$15 child ages 3-12/0-2 years free. To purchase tickets or to learn more about this tour, please visit: Circlineline42.com
Saturday, December 15th from 2-4pm
Santa Claus will be making a visit to the City Reliquary
Bring all (good) children to the Reliquary to sit on Santa’s lap so they can tell him what they hope to receive for Christmas. Parents and their little ones can spend time enjoying the Reliquary’s new exhibit about The Santa Claus Association, a loving look at the New York City-based philanthropic group that answered children’s letters to Santa Claus. There will also be a North Pole Express Mailbox, where kids can drop letters to be delivered to Santa Claus just in time for Christmas. Museum Hours on Saturday: 12-6pm
Details: 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718) 782-4842 // www.cityreliquary.org. Free!
Sunday, December 16th 9 am- 1 pm
Breakfast with Santa
This fun event at the Aviator Sports Complex will include a breakfast with Santa where kids get to make and decorate their an ornament, decorate their own cupcake (yes, at that early in the morning!) and do other crafts.
Details: Aviator Sports Complex on located at 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234. First Seating is 10:00am to 12:00pm and the second Seating is 1:00pm to 3:00pm. It is $20 per child and $22 per adult (ages 13 and older). Children Under 3 are free. To attend please RSVP by December 10th. Contact info: (718)758-7538 .
Sunday, December 16th 11:30 am- 12 pm
Santa Comes to GUMBO
Bring your camera for photos and if you want to jingle bells with Santa come at 10:30 am to jam with Santa and Rolie Polie Guacamole. Jam is $20 per child, siblings free. Santa photos are free.
Details: Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Nevins & Bond) 718-855-7808.
Through December 23rd
Santa at ABC Carpet and Home
We love the ABC Santa experience. Everyone joins a civil line that winds through the beautiful store. The kids AND you are totally occupied with all the delicate items that sparkle from all the shelves. Attendants hold your stroller for you as you descend to Santa’s room. You walk down a red carpet to Santa who welcomes you in open arms. His beautiful vintage wine red robe and rosy cheeks are so authentic- it will convince even the oldest. The children get a nicely swirled lolly pop after the visit and you all can exit behind Santa’s chair to the restaurant/cafe Le Pain Quotodien to dine on their unbelievable oatmeal, quiches and salads. Tips: The line is shortest around 2 pm because it’s near the end of his visiting hours. We went at 12:30 pm one weekend and waited for 20 minutes. Others report that they went the week before Christmas on a Saturday and had no wait. Bring your own camera.
dec 2, 9, 16 & 23: 11am – 3pm
ABC Carpet and Home is located at 888 Broadway (and 19th St), New York, NY. For additional information, please call (212) 473-3000 or visit: ABC Santa.
Through December 23
Santa at Bloomingdales
I have a feeling this Santa won’t be as busy as the Macy’s Santa. So, head to Bloomindales to the Eighth Floor and get your picture taken, and tell him all of your holiday wishes. You’ll also get a chance to meet some of Santa’s elves.
Details: Hours are Monday-Friday: 11am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday: 10am-6pm. Eighth Floor at Bloomingdales at 59th Street & Lexington Avenue and 1000 Third Avenue (two entrances) New York, NY 10022. For additional information, please visit: Bloomingdales.com
Through December 24th, 2012
Breakfast with Santa at Rockefeller Center
This is the most expensive way to see Santa, but it is a special event that you might want to do once (or twice!) in your kid’s lifetime. Have a breakfast at Rock Center Cafe where Santa and his elves will stop by for a visit and photo. Afterward you and your family can skate on the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
Details: Prices range from $55 to $65 for children and from $65 to $75 for adults (depending on which restaurant you choose), which includes breakfast, a visit from Santa and his elves, a VIP skating session and a small gift for each child. You can also ice skate at the famous Rockefeller Ice Rink after your meal. Some dates on the weekends are already sold out, so be sure to make reservations on their website or you can call (212) 332 – 7620. Rock Center Cafe is located at Rockefeller Center at 20 West 50th Street.