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Where to take pictures with Santa this year in NYC

Kris Kringle's ready to strike a pose! Here's where to take pictures with Santa (online or from a distance) this year.

Written by
Allie Early
Oliver Strand
Danielle Valente

'Tis the season to pay the man in the red suit a visit! Find those wishlists and say cheese for pictures with Santa!

This year, things will look a little different. In-person snaps will be taken at a safe distance, and many events are going virtual. However, Kris Kringle is rolling with the punches and making sure to spread the holiday cheer.

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Many Christmas events in NYC are making adjustments in 2020, but they're still taking place. If you are looking to enjoy the season but want to remain socially distant, check out the best drive-thru Christmas lights near NYC—festive attractions that you can enjoy with your family members. (Hot chocolate encouraged.) 

Pictures with Santa

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Since 1977, families have flocked to Macy's in Herald Square to venture through the whimsical, festive Santaland, and of course, snag some one-on-one time with the man in the red suit. This year, things will look a little different: From Nov 27 through Dec 24, Macy’s Santaland will be transformed into an interactive, virtual experience, ultimately bringing a little piece of NYC Christmas magic to homes everywhere. 

Grab a cup of cocoa, put on some Christmas songs for kids and venture to the North Pole from the comfort of home via Macy’s Santaland at Home. (It's free!)

Here's how to make a visit: 

  • Go to and allow moms, dads or adult guardians to enable all permissions. 
  • Join the elves, who are your guide on the journey. Up to three children can enjoy the customized experience at the same time. 
  • Play interactive games and take a gander at Santa's village and workshop while you're on your North Pole-bound train.
  • Stay until the end of the event, where a digital interactive video with Santa will allow kids to read off their wish lists and pose for a selfie.


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No one is busier in December than Santa's elves. However, the Christmas helpers are anxious to take a breather and show kids around the North Pole. Hop on a (virtual) sleigh ride and get lost in the new cyber winter wonderland Santa: The Experience, produced by GTC. This elf-guided digital delight takes Zoom visitors through every corridor of Santa's digs, including his mail room (surely a bustling spot), the elves' bedrooms, the reindeer stables and, naturally, the most coveted spot in the Arctic—Santa's workshop. Kids and families can let Rudolph and co. guide them to the fun from Dec 1–24 ($34.99). Of course, no trip to the North Pole would be complete without a chat with Kris Kringle himself. At the end of the journey, participants can receive a video recording of their toy discussions with Santa (which are social media-ready).

Santa is keeping busy thanks to his partnership with Airbnb. Join the man in the red suit for a variety of digital offerings, including storytime, a wish-list discussion and even a hello from Mrs. Claus. The experiences, which vary in price, cater to all abilities.  

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