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 (and a Welcome Change): Macy’s Santa Land

Believe! Macy's got the memo that waiting in line for hours with kids was not so jolly an experience.

As a result: The Macy's Santaland experience has gone reservation-only. It's still free (with the option to buy photos), but now, you sign up in advance for a window of time, and show up during that 30-minute time slot to get the snap with St. Nick.

Reservations can be made 30 minutes to five days in advance, and visitors still get the journey to and through the North Pole, it's just presumably pleasantly faster and less-crowded. We endured the Macy's Santaland journey last year and can confirm that the Santa(s) are pro, as are his/their elf helpers.

Reservations opened November 20, and Santa will be holding court from November 24 to December 24 on the 8th floor of the store.

(Stop by Macy's festive Holiday Lane department to pick up a souvenir ornament for the tree or visit the giant floor piano from the movie "Big" which now lives on the basement floor of the department store among a food court, juniors clothing and more.)

8th Floor
151 West 34th St.
Herald Square

photo: Macy's/John Minchillo


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

— Rachel Sokol