Kids don't have to wait until Christmas morning to see evidence of Santa Clause around NYC. There are plenty of great places to take pictures with Santa—even some super famous spots like Macy's Santaland! If you're willing to brave crowds, lines and even "elves" as you wait, these great spots are worth a look. Old Saint Nick is getting his reindeer prepped for visits all around town, and he’s waiting to make your little one’s face light up with joy!
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One of the most unique experiences for grabbing pictures with Santa would be the Santa Rescue at the New York City Fire Museum, where Santa needs a little extra help with his sleigh. Don't miss it!
Best spots for pictures with Santa in NYC
Welcome, Macy's Santaland 2016! While NYC plays host to plenty of opportunities for finding Saint Nick, none are more iconic than a trip to Macy's Santaland with the kids. As a bonus, you'll get to meet his super peppy elves, too! The event is without a doubt one of our absolute favorite Christmas events for kids because of its epic displays and beautiful scenery, plus you're guaranteed a seat with Santa (if you're willing to wait). Dont' forget to check out the amazing local christmas window displays on Fifth Ave and head over to Bryant Park Winter Village for shopping and more festivities.
Flanked by glittery angel sculptures and New York’s famously giant Christmas tree, Rockefeller Center is the backdrop to this merry holiday breakfast with Santa. Enjoy brioche french toast, applewood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs & breakfast pastries as you watch the skaters whiz by, knowing soon you and the kiddies will be joining them after your yummy meal! But don’t forget to hit the candy bar, where the children can create their own treat filled souvenir bags before convening to the ‘Throne Room’ for pictures with Santa. All ages.
Little ones should don their best tea-time garb for this stylish holiday event at the Eloise at The Plaza shop. They'll sip lemonade and holiday teas, munch on fresh fruit kabobs and assorted mini sandwiches, and sample sweet treats for dessert. After the kiddies fill their bellies, they can gather ‘round to hear a cozy Christmas story and take pictures with Santa, for a holiday experience they’re sure to remember. Reservations required. All ages.
For a fun and exciting change of pace, visit New York’s famed fire museum for a chance to watch a real FDNY ladder truck ‘rescue’ Santa from the roof top. Once the big guy is back on solid ground, bring the kids indoors for a four alarm party that’s sure to be the hottest ticket in town! But don’t forget to keep your list handy, because after enjoying the museum and festivities, you’ll want make your way to Santa for a quick chat and a picture or two! All ages.
Saint Nick is making his way to American Girl this season for a memorably merry New York visit! The home of the beautiful doll every girl loves is the perfect toy wonderland for meeting up with the jolly ‘ol soul himself, to partake in their tradition of ‘whispering’ your wishes before taking pictures with Santa and feasting on a delicious breakfast, and perhaps a little shopping for a new doll or accessory to add to your little ones collection. Ages 3 and up.
All aboard for holiday cheer! This luxury yacht will depart at 9am and take a spin around the river while kids enjoy games, music, dancing, holiday movies and, of course, a visit with Santa and the elves. A delectable continental breakfast complete with french toast, bacon, eggs, bagels and fruitwill fill the kiddies up during their festive visit. Amazing views of the Manhattan skyline and heated cabins make this an experience parents will love too. Afterwards, hang around South Street Seaport, where the boat docks, to see the park’s beautifully decorated Christmas tree. All ages.