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10 Best Places to See and Take Pictures with Santa in Rockland County, NY

10 Best Places to See and Take Pictures with Santa in Rockland County, NY

These are the best places to meet and take pictures with Santa Claus in Rockland County, NY, and Bergen County, NJ.


It’s the most wonderful time of year! So plan a day to take your kids to see the big guy in the red suit to make sure he knows what’s on their wish list—and these are the best places to see and take pictures with Santa in Rockland County, NY, and Bergen County, NJ! But if seeing Santa in person isn’t on your wish list this year, your child can call or video chat with Santa to share their Christmas wish lists! Plus, when you have a video call with Santa, you can still receive a copy of your annual photo. 

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So schedule your visit with Santa in Rockland County (many places require reservations), head out to cut your own Christmas tree, and support local artists by shopping at a holiday market!

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Where to Take Pictures with Santa in Rockland County, NY

Santa Cares Sensory Friendly Experience

WHEN: Dec. 5-12, Sundays, 9-10:30am
WHERE: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
WHAT: In partnership with Autism Speaks, guests can partake in a sensory-friendly Santa experience for a special meet-and-greet session with Santa.
WANT TO GO? This event is free. Advanced registration required. 

Pet Night with Santa

WHEN: Dec. 6-13, Mondays, 5-7pm
WHERE: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
WHAT: Every member of the family should enjoy a photo with Santa! Bring your furry friend to have their picture taken for a lifetime of memories. Feathers, fins, and scales not allowed. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.
WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99. Reservations recommended. 

Rotary Club of Pearl River's Share Christmas and the Holidays

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 10, 7pm
WHERE: Braunsdorf Park, Main Street and Central Avenue, Pearl River
WHAT: The evening starts with caroling, hot chocolate, and cookies while waiting for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. When their sleigh pulls into town, they are joined by some of their favorite friends including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and many others. Every child is welcome to visit and take pictures with Santa Claus, as well as visit with all of the other characters.
WANT TO GO? Free. Families are invited to bring new, unwrapped gifts for all ages newborn to 18 that will be distributed to children in need through Rockland County.

Book Your Photo Session With Santa!

WHEN: Through Dec. 24: See website for schedule
WHERE: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
WHAT: Enjoy a visit with Santa and a free cookie from Great American Cookies! Kids younger than 18 receive one free cookie on the day of their visit with proof of Santa picture purchase. The cookie can be redeemed at Great American Cookies on Level Three (next to Macy’s).
WANT TO GO? Photo packages available starting at $39.99. Pre-booking is encouraged. 

Where to Take Pictures with Santa in Bergen County, NJ

Santa Cares Day at South Court

WHEN: Dec. 5-12, Sundays, 9:30-10:30am
WHERE: Paramus Park, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus, NJ
WHAT: You’re invited! Children within all spectrums of special needs and their families are welcome to visit before the mall opens for this sensory-friendly event to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit and photos with Santa.
WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99. Reservations recommended. 

Santa Pictures at South Court

WHEN: Through Dec. 19: Monday-Saturday, 10:15am-8pm
WHERE: Paramus Park, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus, NJ
WHAT: Make this holiday magical by visiting St. Nick! Santa's helpers have been working hard decking the halls, so don’t miss out! Take photos with Santa and create magical moments for you and your family.
WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99. Reservations are encouraged.

Pet Night with Santa at South Court

WHEN: Nov. 29-Dec. 20, Mondays, 4-8pm
WHERE: Paramus Park, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus, NJ
WHAT: Let your fur kids and grand pups join in on the holiday fun with photos with Santa! Get the family together to strike a pose with the Big Guy to capture paw-fect holiday moments!
WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99. Advanced reservations recommended. 



Photos with Santa

WHEN: Through Dec. 24: Monday-Saturday, 11am-8pm
WHERE: Westfield Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ
WHAT: Ho ho ho! Santa is back and invites families to enjoy the time-honored tradition of capturing holiday photos with him. Guests will be given the option to have children stand next to Santa or be socially distanced by sitting on a bench in front of Santa.
WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99. Reservations recommended. 

Santa Photos

WHEN: Through Dec. 24: See website for schedule
WHERE: Bergen Town Center, Route 4 East and Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ
WHAT: Santa is here for photos and to hear your Christmas wish list!
WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99. Advanced reservations recommended. 

'Tis the Season for Photos with Santa

WHEN: Through Dec. 24: See website for schedule
WHERE: The Shops at Riverside, 390 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack, NJ
WHAT: The ultimate holiday tradition is back: photos with Santa!
WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99. Advanced reservations recommended. 

5 Ways to Video Call Santa in 2021

1. Macy’s Santaland at Home

After going 100-percent virtual last year, Macy’s is bringing Santaland back for in-person visits with Santa. And the Santaland at Home virtual experience will still be available this year for parents and kids who don't want or aren’t able to visit Santaland in person. The virtual experience is designed for children of all ages and will be available Nov. 26-Dec. 24. Kids will travel virtually through Santaland, meet the elves, engage with magical holiday scenes, play games, and, of course, meet St. Nick himself. The experience ends with an interactive Santa selfie! 

2. Zuhoo Santa Visits

Kids can have a live, virtual visit with Santa from the safety and comfort of home! You can even participate in a storytime with Santa or Mrs. Clause. Santa can communicate with children of all abilities: Santa knows ASL, and you can book a sensory-friendly session. Plus, you can choose preferences for ethnicity, language, and faith for a fully customized experience. 

3. Santa Cameo

Typically a platform for fans to get pre-recorded videos from their favorite actors, musicians, comedians, and athletes, Cameo also has various Santas (there’s even a puppet Santa!) participating in the message service. You can preview videos of all the Santas available to choose the one you like best (or simply the one that fits your budget)!

4. Call Santa’s Hotline

If your child would rather not video with Santa (hey, sometimes we’d rather not be on camera either!), you can call Santa’s Hotline to hear a special greeting from the man in the red suit and your child can leave a message with all the items on their Christmas wish list. And when you call on a mobile phone, you’ll receive a text with a recording of your child’s wish list to share with family and friends. English: 1-605-303-4000; Spanish: 1-605-313-4001 (standard calling and messaging charges may apply).

5. Mail a Good-Old-Fashioned Letter to Santa

Okay, so this isn’t actually a virtual chat with Santa, but your child can write a letter to Santa, and they’ll receive a note from Kris Kringle himself (well, technically you…but it comes from the North Pole). All you have to do is place your child’s letter in an envelope addressed to Santa Claus, North Pole; write a personalized response to your child's letter and sign it "From Santa"; insert both letters into an envelope addressed to the child with the return address of SANTA, NORTH POLE; ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope; place the complete envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address it to:

  • North Pole Postmark
    Postmaster
    4141 Postmark Drive
    Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

Just make sure to send the letter by Dec. 10 to ensure it gets to Santa’s helpers in time!


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