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Santa returns to Bryant Park for socially distanced photos

What to know before you say "cheese."

Written by
Danielle Valente

Saint Nick is trying to make the best out of a tough situation. 

This year has been difficult for in-person gatherings, but he's showing up at a safe distance for New Yorkers. (Plus, Dr. Fauci says Kris Kringle is immune to the virus anyway.) For those visiting Bank of America Winter Village, purchase a Skate and Santa ticket for your annual pictures with Santa. He's available Dec 17, 18, 21, 22 and 23.

Unlike previous years, the man in the red suit is putting strict restrictions in place, including the following: 

  • Guests must wear masks at all times 
  • Skate and Santa reservations are required; no walk-ups 
  • No holiday props will be provided, but families can bring their own 
  • Use your own camera or phone to snap two photos; Santa's elves can take photos from their phone and text you
  • Reentry on the ice is not permitted 
  • Guests will receive a Skate and Santa sticker upon their visit that must be worn at all times

Celebrations are certainly more challenging in 2020, but we'll help you figure out ways to make the most of the holiday season: Drive-thru Christmas lights and attractions and a marathon of Christmas movies are great ways to enjoy December and stay safe in the process. 

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