Ho ho ho – the holidays are here! For those who celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is hardly complete without a trip to see one of the city’s many Santas. Get your Christmas wish lists ready quick, and read on for a list of our favorite places to grab a seat, next to jolly old St. Nick.
The grand finale of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC is the arrival of Santa Claus to the Holiday season – and straight from the parade Santa heads over to the massive 34th Street Macy’s Santaland installation. If you haven’t done it before, know that going to see Santa at Macy’s on 34th Street is a very different experience than any local mall or store setting. This Santa is, due to the Miracle on 34th Street movie fame, is the real Santa, and as such there are hundreds and hundreds of other families lined up to meet him. There is also much more than just a few candy canes and a throne – Macy’s Santaland in NYC is truly an entire North Pole wonderland and full of theatrics and incredible decor; such as (simulated) train rides that arrive at the North Pole in Disney-esque proportions. Santaland at Macy’s on 34th Street is truly something each child should experience. Note: New this year, in an attempt to cut down on an unbelievable line and wait time, you must have a reservation to enter.
Macy’s Santaland. Herald Square. 151 W. 34th Street. Macy’s Santaland is on the 8th Floor. More information and reservations HERE.
Winter ONEderland Santa’s Village
Could there be any better Holiday surprise then seeing Santa Claus 102 floors above the New York City skyline? For a truly unforgettable experience in a breathtaking setting – Santa Claus is available to schedule one on one visits every weekend up until Christmas. Take home the keepsake of a visit with Santa on top of the world, with a professionally captured, high quality 8×6 photo. The Santa package also includes a surprise gift with every purchase.
Santa’s Village at One World Trade Center. Located at 1 World Trade Center – West Plaza and West Street. The Entrance to the Observatory is located at the Northwest Corner of the World Trade Center; at the intersection of West and Vesey. Note: Santa visits One World Observatory each weekend until Christmas Eve. Our full experience HERE.
Brookfield Place – Santa
Located in Battery Park City – a visit to Brookfield Place is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season with the family. We love their famous Luminaries, fun ice skating, and their intimate meet and greet Santa opportunities, all within one building! Unique to other Santa experiences – Santa’s winter wonderland at Brookfield Place features a special children’s coloring and crafting area while you wait (brilliant!). There are also certain days where you can bring a furry friend to the experience for Santa photo pics too. New this year – reservations for timed Santa Sessions. See below for more information!
Santaland at Brookfield Place. 230 Vesey Street. More information and to make a reservation HERE.
Rockefeller Center Santa
Enjoy breakfast under the twinkling lights of the Rockefeller Christmas tree, while watching ice skaters twirl on the famous rink – it doesn’t get more New York then this! An experience here includes a beautiful brunch feast, chocolate fountains and scrumptious treats. Kids receive a special commemorative gift, and even better – families get to bypass the line and enjoy VIP admittance to the famous skating rink (where Santa joins as well!). A Christmas dream come true in New York city’s most iconic holiday destination. Note: Santa is only available at the restaurant during the brunch promotion.
Rockefeller Center with Santa. Dining options available at two restaurants: The Sea Grill, 19 West 49th Street. The Rock Center Café, 20 West 50th Street. NYC. Reservations required. More information HERE.
Stella 34 Breakfast with Santa
It would be a miracle for a family to survive the wait to see the iconic Santa on 34th Street, where the incredibly long lines are almost as famous as Santa himself. A much better (and tastier) option would be to book the Stella 34 Trattoria Breakfast with Santa, located at the beautiful restaurant on the 6th floor of the department store. The restaurant offers stunning floor to ceiling windows, ample space, and most importantly, absolutely no waiting! A delicious Italian breakfast with a choice of options, plentiful time with Santa, a keepsake photo, and takeaway treats are all included in this sweet Santa package.
Stella 34 Trattoria. Located on the 6th Floor of Macy’s. 151 West 34th Street NYC. Reservations Required. More information and reservations HERE.
Bryant Park Santa
One of our favorite Santa experiences is Santa’s Corner at Bryant Park. With the backdrop that is the skyline of the city and the beautiful Le Carrousel spinning in an urban Setting- this Santa experience screams New York City. Santa stops by Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for free photo opportunities in the month of December. Families can bring their own camera or cell phone to snap your own pic; or elves will take a photo that can be downloaded from Santa’s Flickr page.
Santa’s Corner in Bryant Park. Winter VIllage at Bryant Park, Between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Santa’s Corner is located near the carousel. More information HERE.