5 Spots to Snap a Selfie With Santa That Aren't the Mall

Standing in line at mall isn’t the only way to find Santa this holiday season.


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Long lines and insufferable Muzak not sounding too appealing for your annual trip to see Kris Kringle this year? We couldn’t agree more. If you’re looking for somewhere a little more interesting to bring the kids for your Christmas card photo, try one of these fun and even tasty options.


There are plenty of opportunities to meet Sinterklaas down-county this year, beginning with a traditional Dutch celebration of St. Nicholas Day on Saturday, December 2 at Philipse Manor Hall. Music, crafts, baked goodies, and scavenger hunts will run from noon to 3 p.m., complete with a visit from Saint Nicholas himself and a special story time about different Christmas traditions from around the world. Admission is free for the day.

Santa will also be available in his customary chalet in Yonkers’ Getty Square from noon to 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday from December 2 through 31. Children are welcome to come meet Father Christmas, take photos, or even just drop off their letters to Santa!

Not feeling great about waiting for your kids to grab a picture with Santa? Then how about grabbing pitchers with Santa? Head on down to the Yonkers Brewing Co. on Sunday, December 10 where the kids will be able to take their photos with the big man while your nose gets as red as Rudolph’s drinking pitchers of the brewery’s finest libations.

White Plains

White Plains is offering two chances to meet Santa Claus you won’t want to miss. From 9 a.m. to noon on December 10, the Ritz-Carlton Westchester will host a special brunch with Santa, including balloon art, face painting, cookie decorating, holiday films, and Toys for Tots collection. Child tickets are $49, while adult tickets are $99 and include a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar.

Benjamin Restaurant Group

Benjamin Steakhouse will also be hosting a prix fixe brunch with Santa on December 17. Adult price is $39.95 and the child prix fixe menu is only $19.95.

Cortlandt Manor

The Rotary Club of Cortlandt Manor will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast with Santa at the Muriel H. Morabito Community Center on December 2 and 3. There will be five sessions across the weekend, activities at each including arts & crafts, photos with Santa, and another Toys for Tots toy drive. (Gluten-free breakfast items will also be available!) Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children. Call 914.246.0135 for reservations.


If you’re a fan of joking about rampant consumerism but still enjoy occasionally participating in it, boy have we got the Santa meet-up for you. The Great Escapery has brought back one of their most popular escape-the-room styled events: Santa has been kidnapped by a greedy toy company employee. While the kidnapper goes out for supplies, you and your friends must figure out a way to free Santa and ensure his flow of free seasonal toys continues to cut into the toy industry’s bottom line. One-hour sessions are $29 per ticket. December 2 sessions are already books, but there are still slots open on December 9.

West Nyack

If you’re willing to take the trip to Rockland, there’s nothing quite like the combination of Saint Nick and unlimited replays of “Time Crisis.” Dave & Buster’s will be hosting a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on December 12 with hot chocolate, chocolate milk, and design-your-own holiday cookie stations, as well as a coffee station with flavored creamers for adults. Tickets are $24.98 plus taxes and fees, and come with a $10 Power Card (including 48 chips good at the midway and unlimited play on non-ticket-dispensing video games). There’s also a $17.49 adult ticket sans-Power-Card, but really where’s the fun in that?



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