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Where to See Santa in New York City

Your 2012 New York Santa Sighting Guide


Give your kids a chance to sit on Santa's knee and go over their Christmas lists before the holidays. We wouldn't want the bearded old fellow to mix anything up. A visit with Santa also makes for a great photo opportunity and usually ends with free candy canes and other goodies.

1. Macy's Santaland®

See Santa at Macy's

Visit Santa at Macy's Santaland on the 8th floor of Macy's Herald Square. Santaland is open daily from Wednesday, November 28th through Monday, December 24th. Weekday hours are 9 am to 9pm and weekend hours are 7am to 9 pm.

Santa will return to the North Pole promptly at 4:30 pm. on December 24th so he can load up his sleigh. Admission is free and digital photographs of your child with Santa will be available for purchase.

While you're at Macy's, stop by the Puppet Theater on the 9th floor to see the holiday puppet show Yes Virginia The Musical (featuring the vocal talents of Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, and an all-star Broadway cast). Admission is $5 per person (free for kids 2 and under) and shows run daily from November 23 through December 24. For more information, call 212-494-4495.

2. Bloomingdale's Santaland

See Santa at Bloomingdale's

Santa will also be hanging out at Bloomingdale's this holiday season. Go to Santaland on the 8th floor of the 59th Street store and get a photo of your child with the man in red felt from November 23 through December 23 from 11 am until 6 pm weekdays and 10 am until 6 pm on weekends.

While you're at Bloomies, don't miss checking out the Bloomingdale's holiday window displays.

3. Breakfast with Santa at Rockefeller Center

If your little one has been very, very good this year, splurge on breakfast with Santa at Rock Center Cafe. Visit with Santa and his elves over breakfast, take home gifts for kids of all ages, and enjoy a skating session on the world-famous Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink. Tickets are $47 for adults and $42 for kids. Choose a day and time through December 24th, but be sure to make reservations in advance as some dates are already sold out.

4. Santa's Winter Garden at World Financial Center

Santa at World Financial Center

Visit Santa at the World Financial Center from December 7-9, 2012 and have a digital keepsake photo taken with the man himself. Photo packages start at $20 and proceeds benefit New York Theatre Ballet.

5. Meet St. Nicholas in Central Park

Santa in Central Park

Santa will be in Central Park for the annual holiday lighting on December 2, 2012 from 4:30-5:30 pm. Bring your camera to take photos with Santa and enjoy caroling, holiday crafts, and cookies. The event is free for families.

6. Cruise with Santa on December 17th

Circle Line boat

Circle Line will host a Santa Cruise to the Statue of Liberty and back on Saturday, December 15. Enjoy free milk and cookies and the views of the Hudson River from the cozy cabin of your Circle Line boat. Each child will get a free personal photo with Santa himself.

Passengers are encouraged to bring a wrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

The ship will board at 1:30 pm and return to the pier at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $20 per adult, $15 per child, and free for infants (age 0-2).

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