Fact: Santa is here. In NYC. Right this second.

But with Santas at malls, department stores, parks, theaters and ice-skating rinks all over NYC, how the heck are you supposed to figure out which Santa is the right guy to star in a family Christmas card with your kid, niece or nephew?

Here are 14 places in the city to take a photo with Santa, from best to worst.

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#1: MACY’S

The OG. We all know the real Santa hangs out at Macy’s Santaland, right?

151 W. 34th St. (at Broadway); 212-695-4400 or macys.com

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#2: THE PLAZA HOTEL

Oh please, a folding chair? At the Plaza, kids will lounge luxuriously on a white chaise while chatting with Santa.

768 Fifth Ave. (at Central Park S.); 212-759-3000 or fairmont.com

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#3. ABC HOME & CARPET

Hear us out: A rug store may sound like a random place to meet Saint Nick, but just look at this guy. After more than 20 years, he’s still got the rosiest cheeks and the bowl-full-of-jellyist belly in the biz.

888 Broadway (at 19th St.); 212-473-3000 or abchome.com

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#4: ROCK CENTER CAFÉ

Noshing on eggs Benedict and trying out your ice dancing moves with Santa in Rockefeller Center? Sign us up.

20 W. 50th St. (at Fifth Ave.); 212-332-7620 or patinagroup.com

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#5: BLOOMINGDALE’S

Not as elaborate as Macy’s, but this cozy North Pole set will make a great backdrop for the family Christmas card.

1000 Third Ave. (at 60th St.); 212-705-2000 or bloomingdales.com

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#6: ITEMS OF INTEREST

Brooklyn parents, rejoice! Snap a photo with a low-key Santa at this Park Slope interiors store.

60 Fifth Ave. (at 12th St.), Brooklyn; 718-404-9185 or itemsofinterest.com

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#7: THE APOLLO THEATER

Nab a snapshot with Kris Kringle and hear free performances by some of the city’s best community choirs on December 19? Win-win.

253 W. 125th St. (at Frederick Douglass Blvd.); 212-531-5300 or apollotheater.org

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#8: BROOKFIELD PLACE

There aren’t any horses, but dashing through the snow on a sleigh with Santa would make a really cute Christmas card.

200 Vesey St. (at West St.); 212-417-7000 or brookfieldplaceny.com

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#9: SPIRIT CRUISES

We’re sure meeting Father Christmas on the Hudson is really cool, but maybe he should lay off the eggnog before he meets any kids.

Pier 60, Chelsea Piers; 866-483-3866 or spiritcruises.com

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#10: QUEENS CENTER MALL

You guys are adorable, but sorry, we’re not setting foot inside the crazy crowded Queens Center Mall until 2016. 

90-15 Queens Blvd. (at 59th Ave.), Queens; 718-592-3900 or shopqueenscenter.com

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#11: PETCO

Taking a photo of your Goldendoodle with Santa on the floor of Petco? So cute. Taking a photo of your child with Santa on the floor of Petco? So not. 

Locations throughout New York City; 212-863-0007 or petco.com

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#12: ON THE SIDEWALK IN FRONT OF MACY’S

Don’t be fooled by knockoff Santas that charge cash for photos outside the department store. The real deal is inside.

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#13. ON THE STREET WITH DRUNK SANTACON DUDES

Just because they’re jolly doesn’t mean they’re officially Santa, OK kids?

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#14. IN TIMES SQUARE

That guy in a red suit and beard isn’t Santa; he’s just an off-brand Elmo with his head off.

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