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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!

New Jersey


Cookies With Santa at My Gym

December 10th, 2022

Meet your buddies at My Gym for the Cookies with Santa event! The action never stops at My Gym. We have exciting activities, games, rides, and treats planned for you. Finish it off with cookies and take a picture with Santa!

Friday, December 10th from 6 pm to 7 pm

RSVP Today. Space is limited and goes fast!

Cost: $30 per child, Siblings: $20

North Pole With Santa

December 22nd, 2-5pm

Join the JCPD North District as they take you to the North Pole and offer milk, cookies from Galeria Cafe and Krispy Kreme, and photos with Santa. Don’t miss the fun, Thursday, December 22nd, from 2pm – 5pm.


Newport Centre

November 18th-December 24th

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

November 1oth-December 24th

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! But, of course, you will have to reserve and pre-pay before you go. Walk-up visits are welcome.

Garden State Plaza

November 11th-December 24th

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

November 11th-December 24th

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

November 23rd-December 12th

651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth

Phone: 908-354-5900

The ultimate holiday tradition awaits! Secure your spot today.

Freehold Raceway Mall Photos with Santa

November 20th-December 24, 2022
3710 US-9, Freehold, NJ 07728
Winter Wonderland has arrived at Freehold Raceway Mall, and Santa is ready for visitors. The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase.

New York

Macy’s Santaland

November 26th-December 24th

151 W. 34th Street, New York

Herald Square

They Santaland and created 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.

Santa at Brookfield Place

November 29th-December 24th

230 Vesey St, New York

Phone: (212) 978-1673

Create lasting photo memories with the jolly man in red! Create lasting photo memories with Santa at BFPL! Photo packages start at $29. Advanced booking is now complete. You are welcome to walk in during the hours below. For the least wait time, weekdays from 12-2 pm are recommended.

North Pole Express

2 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Daily through Sunday, January 1, 2023

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 8th, 2022 

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Kayla Costanzo