Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa In and Around Jersey City

Make sure you’re on the nice list because Santa is officially coming to town! There may be nothing more magical than bringing the kids to visit the jolly man in the red suit for during the holiday season. See your child’s face light up as they get to whisper their Christmas list to Santa while you capture these moments to keep forever! But where can you find the place with the perfect holiday backdrop? We’ve created a list of the The 8 Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa In and Around Jersey City!

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Newport Centre

30 Mall Dr E W, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 626-2078

Located right in Jersey City, the Newport Center is a great place for your kids to meet Santa. Santa is located in the center court of the mall and is available to take pictures and sit with your kids during normal mall hours. Santa will be there right until the day before Christmas! Make sure you RSVP your slot with the Santa Fast Pass to skip the long lines!! This is a great option for one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City

The Mall at Short Hills

1200 Morris Tpke., Short Hills, NJ 07078

Phone: (973) 376-7350

Santa started early here this year giving you more time to get the littles ready for a photo-op! This year’s theme offers kids an interactive experience fit for the holidays! Kids receive a personalized badge at check-in which allows them to try on a virtual flight suit, learn about navigation, power Santa’s sleigh, and dance under magical lights and snowfall before taking their place on Santa’s lap. You can simply show up, or purchase your photo package in advance online to skip the lines.

Garden State Plaza 

One Garden State Plaza Paramus NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 843.2121

This holiday season, not only can you take pictures with Santa, but the Westfield Garden State Plaza is excited to celebrate the return of its legendary, iconic “Big Santa” display. From the 1950’s through the 1980’s, an unforgettable 51-foot high, illuminated “Big Santa” was perched atop a chimney in Westfield Garden State Plaza’s parking lot facing Route 17 – from which it could be seen for miles. For generations of Bergen County residents, “Big Santa’s” arrival signaled the unofficial start to the holiday season every year.

Willowbrook Mall

1400 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne

Phone: (973) 785-1655

Taking photos with Santa is the perfect way to create lasting memories for the holidays. Get into the festive spirit by making a trip to visit Saint Nick at Willowbrook Mall! Kids will love having the chance to tell Santa Claus what’s on their wish list; plus, your pictures will make for excellent holiday cards! Skip the line by making reservations to see Santa. Reserve Monday – Wednesday through December 5 and save $5 on your photo package. Plus, receive a FREE personalized video with any purchase of a premium photo package.

Jersey Gardens

651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth

Phone: 908-354-5900

From now until December 24th you can get your holiday shopping done and still have time to take a selfie with Santa!

Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Turtleback Zoo

Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. Myrtle the Turtle, the mascot of Turtle Back Zoo, and several of his winter friends will be on hand to greet visitors at the Zoo. You can take “Selfie” with Santa Claus. There will also be a mailbox where children can send letters to Santa Clause at the North Pole. You can enjoy the holiday fun on Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 16- 18, November 23-25, November 30- December 2, every night from December 7 – 31. However they are closed Christmas Eve and Day! Admission is free however, donations on non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats are always welcome!

New York

Macy’s Santaland

151 W. 34th Street, New York

Herald Square

Every year, Macy’s leaves visitors and in awe with their amazing Christmas displays. Santa makes an appearance every year but you must make a reservation in order to see him! He’s a busy man after all. Reservations open up November 18th!

Santa at Brookfield Place

230 Vesey St, New York

Phone: (212) 978-1673

Create lasting photo memories with the jolly man in red! Santa’s winter wonderland features a special children’s coloring area and is a place for everyone to capture the magic of the holidays while shopping and dining at Brookfield Place. Santa will be there until December 24th and you can even include your furry friends in the holiday festivities on December 3rd and 10th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Looking for my holiday fun? There are several winter activities to enjoy with your family around town and at home!