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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 3rd)

Meet your buddies at My Gym for 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 3rd from 6 pm to 7 pm

RSVP Today. Space is limited and goes fast!


  • $30 per child, Siblings: $20

Newport Centre(November 19th-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!! This is an excellent option for one of the best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City.

The Mall at Short Hills(November 11th-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.

Garden State Plaza(November 19th-December 24th) 

One Garden State Plaza Paramus NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 843.2121

This holiday season, you can enjoy a socially distanced Santa photo shoot. Santa arrives on November 27th! Appointments will be reserved only—level 2 near Macy’s.

Willowbrook Mall(Now-December 24th)

1400 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne

Phone: (973) 785-1655

Live from the North Pole… it’s Santa Claus! Enjoy exciting pre-session entertainment and a live virtual visit with Santa. Then, add storytime with Santa or Mrs. Claus to your session for extra holiday fun. Invite up to four guests for this experience.

Jersey Gardens(November 29th-December 12th)

651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth

Phone: 908-354-5900

Reservations are required. Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout your visit.

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. See full pricing below.

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.

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

Updated November 29th, 2021

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Kayla Costanzo