Best Of The Holidays: Meeting Santa In The City

ABC Carpet & Home, photo by FoArgyle on flickr

Santa Claus is already in our town! Looking for spots to catch jolly St. Nick before Christmas Day? Here’s our round up of our favorite spots for photos ops , brunches, and other happenings with the man of the season.

Through December 18
Little Santa at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
12pm to 7 pm
It’s opposite day for the traditional Santa photo op at this location. At Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Little Santa will sit in your lap instead of the other way around. Now it’s your chance to ask  Santa if he has been naughty or nice this year.

Through December 24
SANT-A-Box at the DeKAlb Market (Brooklyn)
Head to the market to take a cool photo with the man in the red suit in a totally  un-traditional setting of decorated shipping containers, hay, glitter and snowflakes.

Through December 30
Macy’s Santaland
This department store is notoriously crowded, but the kids simply love it! Head to the 8th floor for a  journey though the North Pole, featuring plenty of candy canes and a complete Christmas village. Be sure to also check out the musical puppet show while you’re there.

December 14 & 21
Fancy Tea with  Santa at The Plaza Hotel
Various times
The hotel offers its special tea with at the Eloise with  a special guest all the way from the North  Pole.  For more details please call 212-546-5450 or email

December 15
Breakfast with Santa Aboard the ZEPHYR Cruise Circle Line Downtown
9:30 am
Santa trades his reindeer and his sleigh to come aboard the Circle Line. In addition to having a buffet breakfast of Santa’s favorites you  get to dance with Santa  himself and his elves to a DJ spinning tunes straight form the North Pole. Be sure to bring unwrapped toys for Sandy victims, because Santa will be collecting.

December 15
Beastly Breakfast with Santa at the  Staten Island Zoo (Staten Island)
Wish happy holidays to all of the animals at the zoo as you enjoy a special tour and  hot breakfast. Following the breakfast, there will be a Santa photo opportunity.

December 15, 16, 22, 23 & 24
Breakfast with Santa at Rockefeller Center Cafe
Nothing quite says Christmas in New York like the Rockefeller Center. At the Rock Cente Café, enjoy a special family-style breakfast and meet Santa and his elves. Following the meal, enjoy VIP tickets to the seasonal skating ring. Reservations are required.

December 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30
Santa at ABC Carpet and Home
10am-3pm Saturdays, 11 am-3pm Sundays
If Santa and his elves had to make furniture and other home goods for Christmas, ABC Carpet & Home just be what their workshop looked like. Come on the weekend to  get a photo  op with the “most authentically snugable” Santa of them all as well as a free ornament to take home.

December 16
Breakfast with  Santa at Aviator Sports and Event Center
RSVP by December 10 to enjoy breakfast munchies, Santa photo ops, crafts, and cupcake decorating at this athletics center. Bonus: Moms and Dads get a mimosa or Bloody  Mary with their tickets. (Brooklyn)