Where to See Santa This Holiday Season

Written by Catherine Eve  |  17. November 2019

Even though Santa and his reindeer gang won’t make their official visit until Christmas Eve, you can still bring the kids to meet St. Nick at these locations throughout Long Island.

Bayville Winter Wonderland

8 Bayville Ave., Bayville

Adults & children over 8: $23.75

Children under 8: $20:75

Nov. 29 through Jan. 1, 2020

Known as “Long Island’s Winter Holiday Park,” Bayville Winter Wonderland has ice skating and attractions including Santa’s Toy Factory Funhouse, Holiday Miniature Golf & Lights, a train ride, and of course…Santa!

You can purchase a Magical Santa Experience for $15 per family (when added to a regular admission ticket) which includes a meeting and photo with Santa, plus a letter from Santa which will be sent to your child before Christmas. Tickets can be purchased online. Visit the website for complete park operating days and times. 

Broadway Commons

358 N Broadway, Hicksville

Ikea Rotunda

Now through December 24

Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

December 24 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Santa is listening to wish lists at Hicksville’s Broadway Commons. Fast Pass and Photo packages are available. See website for details.

Green Acres Mall

2034 Green Acres Road, Sunrise Highway, Valley Stream

Kay Jeweler's hallway in front of New York and Company

Now through December 24

Get your family photos with Santa at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream. See website for dates and times. Reserve a Fast Pass online and save time.

Hicks Nurseries

100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury

November 29 – December 23

Monday – Friday 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday and November 29, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.

Gather your kids and the camera and visit Santa at the beautiful Hicks Nurseries. While you are there, don’t miss the animated children’s Christmas story, which has become a family holiday tradition. Children can also mail a letter to Santa and get a response (with a self-addressed stamped envelope) if mailed by December 16. Admission is free but visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Long Island Cares food pantry. Drop off bins are located by the animated story.

Roosevelt Field Mall

630 Old Country Road, Garden City

Main level in North Court near Dick's Sporting Goods

Now through December 24

Finish some holiday shopping and then stop by with your children to visit Santa. Hours vary. Visit the website for more information on Santa Photo Experiences for people and pets! 

Smith Haven Mall

313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove

Center Court

Now through December 24

Get into the holiday spirit at the Smith Haven Mall. Children and pets can meet and take photos with Santa. Dates and times vary, see website for details.

There will also be a free event for children with special needs on Sunday, November 24 featuring a Caring Santa. The sensory-friendly experience is designed to provide a subdued and welcoming environment. Sign up online

Stew Leonard’s

1897 Front St, East Meadow

261 Airport Plaza Boulevard, Farmingdale

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday and Sunday, December 14 & 15, 10 a.m.& noon (two seatings)

Age 12 and up: $16.99/each

Children under the age of 11: $14.99 each

The Farmingdale and East Meadow Stew Leonard’s locations will be hosting breakfast with Santa events on December 14 and 15. Enjoy brunch with Santa and his friend Wow the Cow. Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, French toast sticks, and fresh fruit will be served. Each child will be able to take a photo with Santa. See website for more information and to register. 

Walt Whitman Shops

160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station

Now through December 24

Santa has arrived in Huntington Station and is ready for visitors. Hours vary. See the website for details.

The mall is also hosting private Caring Santa photo experiences for children with special needs and their families on December 1 and 15. The events are being held during private mall hours and will support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities. 

White Post Animal Farm

250 Old Country Road, Melville

November 29-30 and Saturdays and Sundays in December through December 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Meet Santa and plenty of cute animals at White Post Animal Farm. Admission includes entry to the animal farm and the Monkey Barn, the Holiday Extravaganza, a meeting with Santa and the Mensch on a Bench, and more.




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