I spend some time each week looking at the FB Mom groups for local mom news and noticed a lot of chat around where the best Santas were setting up for their photo moment. I took a quick look around and here, IMHO (in my humble opinion), is a ranking of the local guys in red, when they arrive and what you can expect when you visit. At the end I also listed a few events where you and your little one can spend additional time with Santa.
Newport Center Mall– Santa arrived on 11/1 and reservations are available until-December 20th – Photos from the mall were not available but the pic above and local mom buzz is that the set up and Santa at Newport are good looking and the online reservations make heading here relatively quick and simple! The mall offers extended Santa hours as well- photo packages start at $26.99 for a 5″x7″, a 3″ x 5″ and 2 wallet sized. Pet photos with Santa are also available.
Santa’s already at Short Hills and will be there from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (with a break daily from 12:45-1:15) He will even be available on Christmas Eve (until 1:15) The mall recommends that in order to assure your visit with Santa that you arrive no later than 2:oo pm. Photo packages start at $34.99 for One 5 x 7, Two 4 x 6s, Four Wallets and a Complimentary Lovepop Picture Card
Macy’s Herald Square has the Santa business locked down- they invented the concept of photos with Santa in a store in 1862! You can visit with the big guy in their ultra-styled Santa-land at the 34th Street store from Fri., Nov. 29th (he arrives after the Thanksgiving Day Parade) – until Christmas Eve Sat., Dec. 24, until 4 pm. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and can be made up to 5 days in advance on any desktop or mobile device. You can begin making reservations on November 25th. You can reserve date and time and spend a lot less time on line. Admission is free! Professional photos are available for purchase, but they’re optional. Packages start at $21.99.
Head over to the New York City Fire Museum to watch Santa get stranded on the New York City Fire Museum’s roof! Firefighters help him down and bring him inside for a party, where he gratefully poses for pics and accepts gift lists from 11:30-12:30 pm on Sunday December 15th. $10 for adults and $8 for children.
For an old-fashioned Santa, complete with cookies and cocoa, visit The Reeves Reed Arboretum Saturday morning, December 7th (11:00-2:00) and have your picture taken with Santa in the Arboretum’s beautifully decorated, historic Wisner House. Holiday portraits will be taken by a local photographer. Portraits are $15 per pose ($25 for Non-Members). Pre-registrations will not be taken. Photos will be available to by Thursday, December 12th
Claus for a Cause with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hudson County) Your $50 fee gets you a set of digital shots with Santa on Sunday, December 8th and goes to support CASA’s mission to assist Hudson County children in foster care.