Stalking St. Nick: 4 places to see Santa this weekend
Thu Dec 6 2007
Sure, you could go see Santa at Macy's Santaland this weekend-–putting yourself in danger of being overrun by fanny-pack wielding gaggles of tourists–-or, you could head to one of these four locations. This is your chance to skip the line and head right for the old man’s lap, no elbowing necessary.
Deb’s Family Disco Dance: Santa Leads the Hora
Family Disco does Hannukah with an all-family hora. Owner Deb Wasser combined the Festival of Lights with a visit from St. Nick by posing the question: “Who better to lead the dance than… Santa Claus!” We can think of a few, but maybe Hannukah Harry and the Holiday Armadillo were already booked. All ages.
Sun 9 at 2pm. Deb’s Family Disco, Club LQ, 511 Lexington Ave between 24th and 25th Sts (212-586-7425, familydisco.com). Subway: 6 to 23rd St. $12.
Breakfast with the Beasts–-and Santa!
At this holiday event, the Staten Island Zoo staff takes kids on a tour of the animal kitchen and helps them prepare a meal for the beloved beasts. Afterward, kids sit with Santa and the elves for a little breakfast snack themselves. Ages 5 and up.
Sat 8, 8:30am-10am. The Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway between Colonial Ct and Harvest Ave, Staten Island (718-442-3100, statenislandzoo.com). Subway: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S-48 bus to Forest Avenue at Broadway. Turn left on Broadway and walk 3 1/2 blocks to the Zoo entrance. $12/members; $15/non-members.
The Annual Santa Rescue
Once again, Santa’s gotten stuck on the roof of the New York City Fire Museum, and it’s up to the FDNY to get him down. Once he’s safely inside, St. Nick happily poses for photos and listens to kids’ endless wish-lists. Hot chocolate and hot dogs will be for sale for $1 each. That's some serious savings considering the cost of a typical afternoon snack in Soho.
Sun 9 at noon. New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring St between Varick and Hudston Sts (212-691-1303, nycfiremuseum.org). Subway: C, E to Spring St. Suggested donation is $5, Students and Seniors $2, $1 Children under 12.
Santa’s Winter Garden
In the Atrium Space on the Northern Balcony of the World Financial Center, Santa is ready to greet your family. He’ll listen patiently as your dear daughter or darling son rattles off everything she/he wants for Christmas, while you get some great photos for the holiday album. A professional photographer will be on hand for those less sure of their photographic prowess. All proceeds from purchased photographs go to a non-profit that offers free educational and recreational programs for kids and families facing medical challenges.
Dec 7–9, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. World Financial Center, Vesey St at West St (212-417-7000, worldfinancialcenter.com). Subway: A, C, J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Fulton St/Broadway-Nassau; E to World Trade Ctr; R, W to City Hall; 1 to Rector St. FREE.