ABC Carpet & Home
When? Sat Nov 26–Sun Dec 18: Sat 10am–3pm; Sat 11am–3pm.
Where? 888 Broadway between 18th and 19th Sts (212-473-3000)(www.abcsanta.wordpress.com)
How much? Free
What? A mainstay @ ABC for over twenty years, this Santa comes equipped with a real belly & beard, and he doles out handmade candy to all the kids he deems good enough for his nice list, (that means all…….)
Staten Island Zoo
When? Sat Dec 17 8:30–10:30am.
Where? Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway between Clove Rd and Forest Ave, Staten Island (718-442-3101 ext. 33) www.statenislandzoo.org
How Much? $24 non members, members $20 (include photo w/santa) Children under 3 are free!
What? Let your little munchkins strike a pose for a complimentary photo with Santa while you fill up on breakfast foods before taking a guided tour of the grounds. Preregistration required.
Bloomingdale’s, 59th Street
When? Fri Nov 25–Fri Dec 23: Mon–Fri 10am–6pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6pm (Fri Dec 23 10am–noon).
Where? 1000 Third Ave between 59th and 60th Sts (212-705-2000)( bloomingdales.com).
How Much? Free; photo packages $20–$45.
What? Finally, a Santaland no longer monopolized by Macy’s (although they are affiliated…) Mr. Clause will be waiting for you on the eighth-floor daily through December 23, and his elves will be doling out small gifts.
Macy’s Herald Square
When? Fri Nov 25–Sat Dec 24: 9am–9pm.
Where? 151 W 34th St between Broadway and Seventh Ave (212-695-4400, macys.com).
How Much? Free; photo packages $19–$50.
What? Santaland! Need I say more?
Queens Center Mall
When? Through Sat Dec 24. Mon–Sat: 11am-8pm; Sun noon-7pm.
Where? 90-15 Queens Blvd between 57th and 59th Aves, Elmhurst, Queens (718-592-3901) (www.shopqueenscenter.com)
How Much? Free; photo packages $17–$46.
This Jolly old Elf will grant all your holiday wishes on the third floor near JC Penney.
Where? Rockefeller Center! (www.patinagroup.com/east/breakfastwithsanta/)
How Much? Adults are $47 and Children 3-10 are $42. Skate rentals are additional.
What? Family–Style Breakfast at Rock Center Cafe. You will be paid a visit by santa himself along with his elves and will get gifts too! Festivities include a skating session at Rockefeller center. Reservations are required.
When? Now through December 24th, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Where? On the third floor of the Pier 17 atrium at the South Street Seaport.
How Much? Free.
What? This Santa will be having a story hour for the little ones! Afterwards, you can see the nightly light show, m-friday, every hour from 5-10 pm!