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The Best Places to See Santa in NYC

Rudolph and the reindeers are on stand-by and the elves are giddy with excitement for the upcoming festivities. Before the toy makers head back to the North Pole, snag a ride to meet the Christmas starlets this holiday season.

Macy’s at Herald Square

The most popular spot to visit Santa this season, Macy’s creates their own Santaland, which consists of a 13,000-square-foot faux North Pole. There are animatronic reindeer, moving model trains, and incredible green and red decorations spread throughout. The line is often lengthy, but you can make reservations in advance up to 48 hours in advance.

Santa Claus sitting on his bench

Bloomingdales’s on 59th

With a shorter wait than Macy’s, this spot is an easy choice if you’re looking for a quick meet-and-greet with Santa. There are some garlands and glittery stars hung up as well as a few somewhat creepy dolls in each rocking chair next to him. However, the cheerful elf, who greets each person in line, makes the experience much more jolly.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center hosts “Breakfast with Santa” at The Sea Grill and Rock Center Café. The price of admission includes a toy, a visit with Santa and his elves, and a skating session at the Rink at Rock Center. The breakfast is a great way for your child to have some quality time with Santa. It typically lasts for about an hour, so plan accordingly.

Santa Claus sitting on his bench

The Plaza

Santa rolls out the red carpet and sits on a white Victorian couch to hear what youngsters want for Christmas. Outfitted in an embroidered plaza Santa hat, a floor length crimson coat, and a fancy gold and red vest, St. Nick is one classy gentleman.

Bryant Park

Mr. Claus leads groups through the festive shops and tells stories around the park on select days. He’s also a detail oriented fellow, adding holly to his hat, jingle bells on his sleeves, and fur cuffs to his shiny black boots. He was by far the skinniest I’ve ever seen Santa, but he made up for it with his hearty laugh and frequent use of “ho-ho-ho.”

You’ve finally finished your holiday shopping and have tied a bow to every box – you earned a night off! Sit back, relax, and leisurely stopover to see the Mr. Claus around the city on your own time.

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