Santa Claus is coming to YOUR town. Find the best spots to spot Ol’ Saint Nicholas for photo ops, breakfasts with Santa, meet and greets, and more family holiday celebrations in New Jersey.
Here is where to find Santa Claus in NJ:
1. Holiday Lights at the Zoo
Friday – Sunday through December 10 | Nightly December 11 – January 1
Stop by to drop your letter to Santa in his mailbox at the North Pole, and take your photo with the man himself. If you want a special souvenir to remember the occasion, there will be professional photographs available for purchase.
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
2. Pictures with Santa in Red Bank
Every Saturday & Sunday from November 25 – December 23 | 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Visit The Galleria at 2 Bridge Avenue each weekend and visit with Santa Claus and have your pictures taken. Packages available from TSS Photography.
The Galleria Red Bank
2 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701
3. Santa is Coming to Galloway
Friday, December 1 | 6:00 PM: Santa’s Annual Arrival (by firetruck, of course!) Photo ops with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and friends. The Village will also be open with rides.
Smithville Village Greene (in front of the Colonial Inn)
Village Greene, 615 E Moss Mill Rd, Smithville, NJ 08205
Saturday, December 3 | 8:30 AM or 11:30 AM: Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Bring your camera and enjoy a delicious menu including scrambled eggs, bacon, french toast, danish, coffee, and tea. Cost: $12 for children and $13 for adults.
72 Bremen Ave, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Monday, December 5 | 6:30 PM: Galloway’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with hot chocolate, cookies, caroling, and lots of holiday fun with Santa.
Galloway Municipal Complex
300 E Jimmie Leeds Rd, Galloway, NJ 08205
4. Santa is Coming to Kirby’s Mill
Saturday, December 2 | From 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Families are encouraged to bring their cameras to take pictures of their children with Santa. There will not be any charge to anyone coming to visit Santa. Santa is donating his time on behalf of the children. Presented by the Medford Historical Society.
The Sawyer House in the Mill Complex
275 Church Road, at Fostertown Road, Medford 08055
5. iPlay America’s Meet Santa Events
Fridays – Sundays through December 18 |11:00AM – 6:00PM: Meet Santa at iPlay America for a chance to take photos with Saint Nicholas. Cost: Free
Sunday, December 10 | 9:00AM or 11:00AM: Breakfast with Santa including a hot breakfast buffet that includes an omelet station, assorted breakfast breads, yogurt and granola, pancakes, fresh fruit and more. While you are eating, Santa will walk around and visit with guests at their tables. Then, gather the whole family together for a picture with Santa Claus taken by our professional photographer with a free digital download. There are two seating’s available, and the tickets you purchase will only be valid for that seating time. Cost: $15.95 for children, $29.95 for adults.
110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
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6. Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
Saturday, December 9 | Members 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Non-Members 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Why wait on long lines at the impersonal mall? Instead, drop by Reeves-Reed Arboretum for Cookies & Cocoa and have your picture taken with Santa in the Arboretum’s beautifully decorated, historic Wisner House. Holiday portraits will be taken by local photographer Lisa Berkery. No pre-registration is necessary.
Reeves Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901
Cost: $10 per child, includes cookies & cocoa.
7. Visit Santa at Schaefer Farms
Sunday December 10, 2017 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | December 17 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Photos with Santa will be available. Bring your family to visit him so he knows what they want under your tree. Pick your own Christmas trees, wreaths, grave blankets, holiday crafts, decorations, firewood, and other holiday gifts!
1051 Route 523, Flemington, NJ 08822
8. Breakfast With Buster Holiday Food & Toy Drive
Saturday, December 9 | 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Once again, Buster will be joined by his great friend, Santa Claus, at the event, which is free to the public. The BlueClaws ask that those in attendance bring unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food with all donations benefiting the Salvation Army of Ocean County. Rosko’s Bagels will provide complimentary bagels and the BlueClaws will provide coffee for attendees.
Rosko’s Bagels & Waffles
740 Brewers Bridge Rd, Jackson, NJ 08527
9. Visit Santa’s Magical Workshop & Observatory
Now through December 24, 2017
Capture photos with family and friends, scan yourself at the Naughty or Nice O’ Meter, and star in your own Sharable Elfie Video.
1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, NJ 08096
10. Santa Photos at Cumberland Mall
Now through December 24, 2017 | Mondays – Saturdays 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Get your holiday shopping and photos with Santa all done at once. Even bring your furry friends along for a full family photo with your beloved pet. Santa will set up shop at the Center Court near Boscov’s.
3849 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360
11. Where is Santa? He’s Here!
Now through December 24, 2017
Monday – Saturday | 10:00AM – 9:30PM, Sunday | 11AM – 7:00PM
Click here for special holiday hours.
Where is Santa? Well, Santa Claus has landed at your favorite Simon mall. During Santa’s brief time away from the North Pole, children can stop by to whisper their wish list, then have their magical moment with Santa captured forever with keepsake photos. Don’t miss the quickest way to be merry!
Menlo Park Mall
55 Parsonage Rd, Edison, NJ 08837
12. Visit with Santa at Johnson’s Corner Farm
Mondays – Thursdays 5:00PM – 8:00PM | Fridays 5:00PM – 11:00PM | Saturdays 11:00AM – 9:00PM
Bring your own camera for this free photo opp with Santa Claus. While you’re there, stick around for the nightly Light Show on the Lake, and plenty of other fun farm activities for families.
Johnson’s Corner Farm
133 Church Rd, Medford, NJ 08055
13. Santa Visits Westfield Garden State Plaza
Now Through December 23rd
Monday – Saturday | 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Make the seasons bright with photo-taking with Santa, including customizable photo packages and more!
Westfield Garden State Plaza
One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652
14. Santa’s Wonderland
November 14 – December 24 | Monday – Saturday 10:00AM – 8:00PM | Sunday 10:00AM – 5:00PM
The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Gather the family and come to experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Stay for FREE games, crafts, and activities that celebrate the season. You’ll find our store filled with magical gifts for folks of all ages, with plenty of awesome toys for girls and boys.
30 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
15. Santa Photos at Short Hills Mall
Now Through Friday, December 23 | Open during all mall hours
Santa is here to take photos all day generally breaks to feed his reindeer once in the afternoon and once in the evening. His team of elves have a wonderful variety of photo menu items for mom and dad to choose from for their special holiday keepsake.
The Mall at Short Hill
1200 Morris Tpke, Short Hills, NJ 07078
16. Photos with Santa at Bridgewater Commo
Now – December 24 | For hours, click here.
Make a reservation to see Santa and spend less time in line. Plus, save 30% on your photos by pre-ordering a package online. Visit before December 9 to save an extra $5.
Lower Level Center Court
400 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
17. Santa’s Waiting at Jersey Gardens
Now through December 24 | For hours, click here.
It’s time for holiday photos come join Santa. Have it all at Jersey Gardens with shopping, entertainment, and more.
The Mills at Jersey Gardens
Lower Level Center Court
651 Kapkowski Rd, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
18. Santa Photos & Offers at Freehold Raceway Mall
Now through December 24 | Mondays – Sundays 9:00AM – 9:00PM | Christmas Eve 8:00AM – 6:00PM
Santa will be available for photos and visits at his Headquarters presented by HGTV, located in the Court at the Nordstrom/JCPenney Intersection.
Freehold Raceway Mall
3710 US9, Freehold, NJ 07728
19. Santa’s Family Workshop at Cape May County Zoo
Saturday, December 9 | 11:00 AM – 2:00PM
Our Zebras snuck Rudolph and his crew in our back gates. Come get your photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Reptile House with special events planned throughout the day, crafts stations, education animals and more. Another family-friendly and Free event sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Cape May County Park & Zoo
707 Route 9 North, Cape May, NJ 08210
20. Breakfast with Santa Aboard the Battleship
Saturday, December 9 | 9:00AM -11:00AM
Families can enjoy a delicious hot breakfast served chowline-style at the crew’s galley, a self-guided tour of the Battleship, the chance to win some great prizes, and the opportunity to meet and get your photo with Santa — all aboard the Battleship!
Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial
62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103
Cost: $18 for kids under 12, $24 for adults, $10 for active military families
21. Visit with Santa at Historic Longstreet Farm
Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Come to the Longstreet Farm and enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas. Children can visit with Santa, then take a walk to the farmhouse and have a cup of cider. Be sure to bring your camera.
Historic Longstreet Farm
44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
22. Santa Flies into Princeton Airport
Sunday, December 24 | 11:00 AM
Forty-one years ago, the idea of having Santa fly into the Princeton Airport for the area children to watch was brought to life. Throughout the years, this has evolved into a wonderful annual event for local families and those less fortunate. Santa is planned to arrive at 11:00 A.M. Parents are advised to bring the children prior to then, as the Princeton Airport Flying Tigers will be serving cocoa and cookies, and local folk singer Pat McKinley, starting at 10:30, will be leading the audience in holiday songs during the wait for Santa.
The Princeton Airport
41 Airpark Road, Princeton, N.J 08540