Santa Claus is coming to town! (Actually, he’s already here in many ‘hoods.) We found more places to grab a snap with St. Nick than ever before this year. Here’s where you can meet the jolly man himself in his red and white glory, snag a picture, a hug, and even lunch with him. Click through to find your family’s Santa!

For the Classic Santa: Macy’s Santa Land

It’s no surprise that so many families have made a trip to Macy’s Santa Land a holiday tradition. There is nothing quite like it. Yes, the lines are long, but this magical holiday wonderland, which kicks off the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas Eve, is a spectacle that’s worth the wait. There are lights flashing everywhere and incredible photo ops you won’t want to miss. (Stop by Macy's festive Holiday Lane department to pick up a souvenir ornament for the tree.)

It’s free, but we definitely recommend that you go earlier in the day to make the wait bearable. (Santa’s hanging at Macy’s during regular store hours.) If you don’t mind skipping Santa Land entirely and just want a quick photo with the man of the season, you can make a reservation for the Express Line up to 48 hours in advance by using the Macy’s app; reservations can be made 30 minutes to 48 hours in advance. However, guests will still get a sneak peek into Santa Land before meeting Santa.

Macy’s
151 West 34th St.
Herald Square
212-695-4400
Online: macys.com

photo: Macy's/John Minchillo

  • For the Classic Santa: Macy's Santa Land
  • A Stylish Santa: ABC Carpet and Home
  • An Adventurous and Charitable Santa: New York City Fire Museum
  • Skating Santa: Restaurants at Rockefeller Center
  • Pet-Friendly Santa: Petco
  • For a Private Session With Santa
  • The Original Santa: Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
  • For Santa With a Brown Bag: Bloomingdales
  • For Santa On the Battery: Brookfield Place
  • For Greenpoint's Santa: Lunch at t.b.d Brooklyn
  • For An Elegant Santa: The Plaza
  • For a Boutique Santa: Tiny You
  • For a Santa While Shopping
  • Santa With a High Tech Twist: Ridge Hill Mall
  • Animal and Kids Sessions: Wonder Photo Shop

Where does your family get a snap with Santa? Tell us in the comments below!

— Rachel Sokol