Where To See Santa in New York City

Enjoy a visit with Santa and get your picture taken

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

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    See Santa at Macy's in New York City

    Macy's Santaland - Boy Visiting Santa
    ••• slgc/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    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 27-December 24, 2015
    Fri. Nov. 28: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. (day after Thanksgiving)

    Monday, December 7 - Thursday, December 10: 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Friday, December 11: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Saturday, December 12 - Sunday, December 13: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Monday, December 14 - Friday, December 18: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Saturday, December 19 - Sunday, December 20: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Monday, December 21 - Wednesday, December 23: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Thursday, December 24: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    More: Visitors Guide to Seeing Santa at Macy's

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    See Santa at Bloomingdale's on 59th Street

    Photo with Santa at Bloomingdale's
    ••• 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 27-December 23, 2015
    Daily: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Visitors Guide: Seeing Santa at Bloomingdale's

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    Have Breakfast with Santa at Macy's

    Head to Stella 34 inside of Macy's for a breakfast experience with Santa! Breakfast is $55 for adults, $40 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 10 a.m. on November 27-December 24 (Saturdays and Sundays only, as well as Christmas Eve and the day before). Advanced reservations are required: reserve online.

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    Breakfast with Santa

    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 weekends from Thanksgiving until Christmas and daily from December 18-24, 2015. Reservations are essential. Tickets are $85-115 for adults, $55-75 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

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    On Saturdays, December 12 & 19, 2015 have breakfast with Santa while enjoying a sightseeing cruise aboard the Zephyr Yacht. This one-and-half-hour cruise boards from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport at 9 a.m. Tickets are $49 for adults, $39 for children (ages 3-12) and there are family packages (2 Adults/2 Children) for $160. (Family package must be booked over the phone by calling 212-742-1969.)

    Book Online: Breakfast With Santa

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    Santa at ABC Home & Carpet
    ••• 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 27, 28, 29; December 5, 12, 19: 10am–3pm
    December 6, 13, 20: 11am–3pm

    ABC Carpet & Home Essentials

    • Address: 888 Broadway (19th Street)
    • Phone: 212-473-3000
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    The Plaza Santa

    Plaza Santa
    ••• Plaza Santa. Photo courtesy of The Plaza.

    Visit Santa on the Concourse Level of The Plaza Food Hall beginning Friday, November 28, 2014. Photos start at $29.

    When Is Santa at The Plaza?

    November 27 - December 24, 2015:

    • Monday-Saturday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
    • Sundays:  12 p.m.-6 p.m.
    • Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) 12-4 p.m.
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    Santa Lunch Cruise

    Santa Photo from The Spirit of New York Santa Cruise
    ••• Santa Photo from The Spirit of New York Santa Cruise.

    On December 12, 2015 children and adults can enjoy a festive lunch cruise aboard the Spirit of New York. The two-hour cruise lasts from noon until 2 p.m. and departs from Chelsea Piers. Tickets are $54.90 for adults and $32.95 for children and include a buffet lunch as well as the cruise and a visit with Santa. Pictures are additional (starting at $20), but you also have the opportunity to take your own photo if you prefer.