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

Written by Kayla Costanzo

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

The Ultimate Santa Experience

Heights, 419 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07307
Saturday, December 9th, 2023 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Downtown, 414 Grand St (next to Popeyes), Jersey City, NJ, 07302
Saturday, December 10th, 2023 from 12pm-2pm

Join us for a magical day of holiday cheer! Bring the family to our free community event – Photos with Santa, Elsa, and the Grinch!It’s not just a photo-op; it’s a festive experience filled with fun, snacks, and good times for everyone. Let’s create lasting memories together! Save the date and spread the joy!

Journey the North Pole

300 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ, 07305
December 9th from 10am to 3pm

The holiday season is upon us and we’re excited to invite you to an unforgettable experience for the whole family at Camp Liberty! Capture the joy and wonder of the season with stress-free pictures with Santa Claus. Forget the rushed lines and crowded malls—our event provides a cozy and intimate setting for your family’s special time with Santa. After your visit with Santa, enjoy a variety of festive crafting activities at our arts and crafts station! Don’t miss out! RSVP today at the link!

We can’t wait to see you and your family. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Santa Paws is comin’ to Hound!

17 McWilliams Place / Hamilton Park, Jersey City, NJ, 07302
Saturday, December 9th from 12pm -3pm

Bring your cats and dogs to our shop to meet Santa! We’ll have a fancy and festive backdrop from @petalsandpillars and 50 five inch bully sticks from @redbarninc!…And maybe, if you’re lucky this Christmas, Santa Paws will grace you with his presents!

Picture with Santa

277 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07302
December 16th, from 1 to 3pm

Introducing PICTURES WITH SANTA a special event here at The Living Room cohosted with the amazing moms at @jerseycitymamas. Join us December 16th from 1-3pm for an afternoon of treats, drinks, and some quality time with our favorite man dressed in Holiday Red. Attendance is free, but if you can please bring an unwrapped toy for our annual toy drive dedicated to helping children in need within our community. Any purchase in store for donation will be 30% off! All other purchases will be 10% off the entire day!

It’s time to get merry! Let’s celebrate charity, community, and quality time with your friends and family this holiday season.


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 mall’s center court and can take pictures and sit with your kids during regular 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!! They also have pet photos with Santa this year.

The Mall at Short Hills

1200 Morris Tpke., Short Hills, NJ 07078 – Phone: (973) 376-7350

Capture the magic of the season at Santa’s Flight Academy, November 9 – December 24. The one-of-a-kind, immersive Santa photo experience enables children to dance in Santa’s magic mirror, turn into elite cadets to help Santa power his sleigh, chart his course for delivering presents to children around the world and, new this year, see themselves drive the sleigh as the presents are delivered. The experience ends with a magical snowfall dance party inside Santa’s sleigh.

Reservations are strongly recommended for all photo sessions.

Santa Paws will be held on Sunday, November 12 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. In an effort to efficiently photograph all Santa Paws patrons, families without dogs are strongly encouraged to schedule their Santa photo session for an alternate day. Reservations are not available for Santa Paws, customers will be photographed by order of arrival, with or without a pet. There is no separate line for families without a dog.

Garden State Plaza

One Garden State Plaza Paramus NJ 07652

Garden State Plaza‘s well-known, extra-jolly Santa is back in town beginning 11/11! Experience the beautiful journey and décor to meet Santa and take family photos.

Willowbrook Mall

1400 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne – Phone: (973) 785-1655

Live from the North Pole… it’s Santa Claus! Embark on an enchanted adventure to take pictures with Santa. Join him to create magical memories you and your family will always remember!

Jersey Gardens

651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth – Phone: 908-354-5900

The ultimate holiday tradition awaits! Secure your spot today.

Freehold Raceway Mall Photos with Santa

3710 US-9, Freehold, NJ 07728

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland. Santa will be here starting November 9th and is located at the Lower Level, Zara Court. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase. Schedule Your Spot to Meet the Big Guy. Pre-Booking your visit is recommended to help reduce wait time and it’s easy:

New York

Macy’s Santaland

151 W. 34th Street, New York, NY

The Santaland is a fun and festive online holiday experience for everyone to enjoy. First, you’ll need to book a spot in line to meet & snap a photo with the busiest man of the season. St. Nick will be at Macy’s Santaland inside our Herald Square store, so bring your wish list. After all, he’s known for making wishes come true.

Selfies with Santa at Brookfield Place

230 Vesey St, New York – Phone: (212) 978-1673

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a complimentary Santa experience at Brookfield Place. Get your own phone or cameras ready to create photo memories with Santa Claus from December 7 – 10, 13 – 17, and 20 –24, 2023. Dog parents can also bring their furry friends on December 7 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. There will be crafts, candy canes and lots of holiday cheer!

To take your picture with Santa, stop by the Winter Garden during the hours listed. There are no advance reservations. You can register to join a virtual line by scanning a QR code onsite at Santa. Santa will be able to see you on a first come, first served basis. The QR code will direct you to a website where you can provide your contact information and join the virtual line starting 15 minutes before each session. Once you sign up, you can explore all the festive fun BFPL has to offer or shop for your holiday gifts while your spot is saved on the list! Santa will notify you when he’s ready to see you.

Please note that the virtual line might close before the listed closing time if capacity has been reached. We recommend visiting on weekdays to avoid longer wait times. Free to attend.

North Pole Express

2 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit the Big Apple, so get your whole family on the Nice List with a round trip ticket to our very own North Pole NYC.

Take in the sights of New York’s winter wonderland, hear thrilling Christmas stories from our very own resident elf, and enjoy chocolate treats and hot cocoa on your way to see Saint Nick. Tell Santa your deepest wishes and get a special good luck sleigh bell – all for a holiday experience you’ll cherish forever.

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

Updated December 4th, 2023

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