Where to Get Your Kid’s Photo with Santa in NYC, Ranked from Best to Worst
Like on a boat. And at Petco.
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.
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
#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
#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
#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
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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
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
#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.
#13. ON THE STREET WITH DRUNK SANTACON DUDES
Just because they’re jolly doesn’t mean they’re officially Santa, OK kids?
#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.