Where to Take Pictures with Santa in NJ

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Grab your cameras and cutest littles’ outfits cause Santa Claus is visiting all over New Jersey this holiday season. Find the best spots to spot Ol’ Saint Nicholas for photo ops, breakfasts, meet and greets, and more family holiday celebrations with our #NJMOM Guide To Pictures with Santa in New jersey. He makes stops at plenty of shopping malls, farms, and small businesses, so you’ll be sure to get your fix of Santa all season long.

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Santa Claus is coming to New Jersey:

HGTV’s Santa HQ at Freehold Raceway Mall
November 9 – December 24
A completely immersive experience, families are invited to explore the wonder of Santa in the digital age. New this year, visitors can use the workshop’s Magic Mirror to transform into one of Santa’s elves. Guests can virtually change their elf’s outfits, create customized Elf Academy ID collector cards at the Elf ID station, explore Santa’s Observatory using ELF-RAY Vision and test out the Naughty O’ Nice Meter. Families can continue their adventure with a custom photo opportunity and an in-person visit with Santa inside his modernized sleigh. 
Freehold Raceway Mall
Cost: per package

Santa’s Visit to the Herbary
December 15, 10AM – 12:30PM
Bring your kids and pets for a picture with jolly old Saint Nick at The Herbary! He scheduled his day of arrival and it’s December 15th.
Bear Creek Farm
Cost: free

Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights Spectacular
Friday, Saturday, Sunday November 10-December 10, 5PM-9PM
Every night December 11-January 1 5PM-9PM
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
Cost: Free

Christmas Light Show & Village
Weekends November 16-30, 5PM-10PM

Dec 1-30, Thurs & Sun 4:30PM-9PM, Fri & Sat 4:30PM-11PM
Don’t miss the Christmas Village, our indoor winter wonderland in which you can take photos with Santa, enjoy hot food and beverages, do arts and crafts, watch special caroling and dance performances (on select nights), and shop holiday gifts with local artisans.
Skylands Stadium
Cost: Free

Pictures with Santa in Red Bank
Every Saturday and Sunday, November 24 – December 23 12PM-4PM
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
Cost: per package

Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar 2018
November 23, 24, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 22, 23 11AM-6PM
The Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar will feature shopping from amazing handcraft and vintage vendors, live music and special performances, and seasonally-inspired food and drink. Your kids will love the live music, art classes, holiday photos, and visits from Santa.
Asbury Park Convention Hall
Cost: Free

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten’s Weihnachtsmarkt
Fri-Sun November 23 – December 23, 12PM-7PM, Fridays 5PM-9PM

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten’s Weihnachtsmarkt is a rooftop European holiday market featuring over 25 vendors and live music. There will be artisanal gifts, specialty foods, handcrafted toys, traditional warm cocktails to sip, goods both local and imported, and visits from Santa.
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
Cost: Free

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
Saturday, December 8 (Members Only 10AM-11:00AM, Non-Members 11:30AM to 2PM)
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
Cost: $15 per pose, $25 for non-members, includes cookies & cocoa

2018 Lake Mohawk Weihnachtsmarkt
December 1, 10AM-9PM & December 2, 10AM-5PM

The Lake Mohawk Weihnachtsmarkt continues to be ranked as “One of the Top Ten Things to Do in December across the entire State”. This is a traditional MUST-DO for festive shoppers. This magical Christmas Market has an assortment of crafted and unique gifts from over 100 vendors that are from all over. This event will also host activities such as petting zoos, pony rides, a holly jolly visit from St. Nicholas, live entertainment, and live wood carvings.
Lake Mohawk Country Club
Cost: Free

41st Annual Hope Christmas Craft Market
December 1-2, 10AM-5PM

The 41st Annual Hope Christmas Craft Market will be a huge gathering of artisans in collaboration and participation to put on display the best holiday items throughout six buildings. It’s a town-wide event you don’t want to miss. Bring the whole family to shop, snack on holiday treats, and visit Santa for a special holiday photo. A shuttle service is provided to hop from each building.
Hope Township
Cost: $4

Santa is Coming to Kirby’s Mill
December 8, 12PM-4PM
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.
The Sawyer House in the Mill Complex
Cost: Free

iPlay America’s Breakfast with Santa
December 9th at 10AM
Breakfast with Santa includes an omelet station, assorted breakfast breads, yogurt and granola, pancakes, fresh fruit and more. While you chow down, 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. 
iPlay America
Cost: $15.95 for children, $29.95 for adults.

Visit Santa at Schaefer Farms
December 10th and 17th, 1PM-3PM
Take a photo with Santa and shop your holiday favorites: pick your own Christmas trees, wreaths, grave blankets, holiday crafts, decorations, firewood, and holiday gifts.
Schaefer Farms
Cost: Free

Visit with Santa at Johnson’s Corner Farm
November 23 – December 23
Mondays – Thursdays 5PM – 8PM, Fridays 5PM – 11PM, Saturdays 11AM – 9PM, Sundays 11AM – 8PM
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
Cost: Free, bring your camera

Photos with Santa at Deptford Mall
Nov 7 – Dec 1: Mon-Sat: 10AM – 9PM, Sun: 11AM – 6PM
Dec 2 – Dec 9:  Mon-Sat: 10AM – 9PM, Sun: 11AM – 7PM
Dec 10 – 23: Everyday 9AM – 9PM, Dec 24: 9AM – 6PM
Capture photos with family and friends, scan yourself at the Naughty or Nice O’ Meter, and star in your own Sharable Elfie Video.
Deptford Mall
Cost: per package

Holiday Marketplace at HCCC
December 9, 1PM – 4PM
The Hudson County Community College’s Annual Holiday Market is day of great gift buys from local businesses and family fun, including a magician, face painting, balloon animals, holiday book readings, arts and crafts, selfies with Santa and more.
Hudson County Community College
Cost: Free

Santa Photos at Cumberland Mall
Now through December 24th, 10AM-9PM, Sundays 11AM-6PM
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.
Cumberland Mall
Cost: Packages $25-$50

It’s Santa Photo Time at Menlo Park Mall
Now through December 24, 2018
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
Cost: per package

Santa Visits Westfield Garden State Plaza
November 16 – December 24, Monday – Saturday 10AM – 9PM
Make the seasons bright with photos with Santa, including customizable photo packages and more.
Westfield Garden State Plaza
Cost: per package

Santa’s Wonderland
November 11 – December 1
Weekdays 5PM – 8PM, Saturday 10AM – 8PM, Sunday 12PM – 5PM
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.
Bass Pro Shops
Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: Free

Santa Visits Kale’s Garden Center
November 23 – 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 10AM – 4PM
Browse the extensive holiday displays at Kale’s Garden Center and meet Santa Claus. He’s ready for your photo-op. Stick around for cookies, hot cocoa, and coffee.
Kale’s Garden Center
Cost: free

Santa’s Flight Academy at Short Hills Mall
November 8 – December 24, Open during 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. Your little one can join Santa’s Flight Academy and will receive a personalized Cadet Badge, try on a virtual flight suit, and dance in the snow.
The Mall at Short Hills
Cost: free, photos per package

Pictures with Santa at Santa’s Workshop in Bridgewater Commons
Now – December 24, Click here for hours. 
Make a reservation to see Santa and spend less time in line. Plus, save $5 on your photo package if you reserve Mon – Wed by December 5th. Receive a free personalized video with any premium photo package. 
Bridgewater Commons
Cost: per package

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
Cost: per package

Santa’s Family Workshop at Cape May County Zoo
December 8, 11AM-2PM
Our Zebras snuck Rudolph and his crew in our back gates. Come get your photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus with special events planned throughout the day, candy, music, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and the cool zoo creatures. 
Cape May County Park & Zoo
Cost: Free

Breakfast with Santa Aboard the Battleship
December 8, 9AM-11AM
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
Cost: $18 for kids under 12, $24 for adults, $10 pp for active military families

Visit with Santa at Historic Longstreet Farm
December 22 – 23, 12PM – 3PM
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
Cost: Free

Santa Flies into Princeton Airport
December 24, 11AM
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. Parents are advised to bring the children prior to then, as the Princeton Airport Flying Tigers will be serving cocoa and cookies. 
The Princeton Airport
Cost: Free


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