Where To See Santa In NJ This Year 2020

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Like everything else in 2020, seeing Santa in NJ is going to be different. The traditional sit on Santa’s lap won’t be happening, but that doesn’t mean the big guy and his creative elves aren’t going to make the moment memorable (as well as keeping it safe). Your fam can expect contactless visits with mask-wearing, plexiglass windows, and social-distancing protocols, and even a few virtual ops to do at home. But there will be no less joy—Santa is Santa, and kids will feel the magic, even behind the masks. 

featured image via @bassproshops

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Where To See Santa In NJ This Pandemic Christmas

Your kids can still experience the joy this year via @shopbridgewatercommons.

Safe Santa Celebration at Bridgewater Commons
Now through December 24, times vary (click the link for details)
This year Santa will be sitting seven feet behind kids for a socially-distant experience, and through his unique Santa-com system, kids can share their Christmas list with him. Their faces will light up when he presents an exact list of their top gifts (mamas, when you book an appointment, you can send Santa your kids’ wish lists). Don’t want to be at the mall? Book a virtual visit online. Reservations are required for both in-person and virtual. 
Bridgewater Commons
400 Commons Way
Bridgewater, NJ

Photos with Santa at Freehold Raceway Mall
Now until December 24.
November: Friday and Saturday 12PM-8PM, Sunday 11AM-7PM
December: Monday to Saturday 12PM-8PM (closed December 7), Sunday 11AM-7PM
Christmas Eve 9AM-5PM
Santa and his elves are doing everything to make this a memorable and contact-free experience. Reservations are recommended to secure a socially-distant spot with Santa in NJ.
Freehold Raceway Mall
3710 US 9
Freehold, NJ

Photos and Toy Drive with Santa
November 28 to December 19, Saturday 1PM-4PM
Take your kids to get a socially distant photo with Santa and do some good at the same time. Santa’s helping collect toys for the annual Asbury Park Toy Drive this year, so drop off some toys with him to help kids in need. 
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
427 Lake Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: Free, but toy drive donations (money and/or brand new toy) encouraged.

Santa Stops By Schaefer Farms
Details to come—check their website and Facebook for updates
It’s a one-stop Christmas shop: Get that classic holiday photo and make sure your kids tell St. Nick what they want for Christmas this year. Afterward, pick up a Christmas tree, wreaths, festive decorations, and holiday-themed gifts.
Schaefer Farms
1051 County Route 523
Flemington, NJ


Keep the magic alive and well this year in an updated contactless holiday experience via @deptfordmall

Photos with Santa at Deptford Mall
Now through December 24.
November: 20th and 21st 12PM-7PM, 22nd 11AM-6PM, 27th and 28th 12PM-8PM, 29th 11AM-7PM
December: Tuesday to Saturday 12PM-8PM, Sunday 11AM-7PM
Christmas Eve 9AM-5PM
Head over to Center Court and have your kids snap a photo with St. Nick. They’ll also be able to give their wish lists to one of the elves, who’ll make sure it gets to Santa. Reservations are recommended as walk-ins are welcome at specific times (check the link for details).
Deptford Mall
1750 Deptford Center Road
Deptford Township, NJ

Santa Photos at Cumberland Mall
Now through December 24. 
Until November 25: Monday to Saturday 11AM-8PM, Sunday 11AM-6PM. Closed for Thanksgiving.
November 27 to December 23: Monday to Saturday 10AM-9PM, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Christmas Eve 10AM-5PM
Make a reservation to have a socially-distant photo with Santa. Have a furry friend in your family? Bring them to a Santa visit on Mondays through December 14. If you don’t want to head to the mall, Santa is taking virtual appointments too. 
Cumberland Mall
3849 S. Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ

Lights, Camera, Santa at Menlo Park Mall
Now through December 24, times vary (check the calendar for details)
Dress up the kids for that festive photo and yearly magical moment with Santa. However, this year they won’t be able to sit on Santa’s lap—it’ll be a socially-distant photo experience. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Menlo Park Mall
55 Parsonage Road
Edison, NJ

Socially Distanced Santa Arrives at Westfield Garden State Plaza
November 27 to December 24, 11AM-7PM
Head up and over to level two near Macy’s—Santa’s ready to take photos and get your whole family in the holiday spirit. Everyone must wear a mask—including Santa—and reservations are required. After, take a swing in the Kids Holiday Market, where littles can shop for specially priced gifts for all the grown-ups in their life. 
Westfield Garden State Plaza
One Garden State Plaza
Paramus, NJ

Santa Visits Kale’s Garden Center
November 27 to 29 and December 5, 12 and 13, 10AM-3PM
December 6, 1PM-5PM
Take photos with Santa in the shop—your kids will sit socially distant in front of him—or outside in the Christmas tree yard. After, stop by the greenhouse to check out the festive Christmas display.
Kale’s Garden Center
133 Carter Road
Princeton, NJ

Get your Santa safe experience via @bassproshops.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Now through December 24, times vary (check the calendar for details)
Head over to the Bass Pro Shops for a visit with Santa. There will be a “Magic Santa Shield” between Santa and your kids this year, but everyone who visits with jolly St. Nick will still get a free professional photo and video (they’ll email the video to you). Reservations required. 
Bass Pro Shops
30 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ

Santa’s Flight Academy at The Mall at Short Hills
November 27 to December 24, open during mall hours
Join Santa’s Flight Academy at Short Hills Mall, which has been reimagined into a socially distanced, non-contact holiday experience.  This year, everyone will be wearing masks—including Santa—and while Santa will be practicing social distancing, your kids can still pose for precious keepsake photos. Reservations required.
The Mall at Short Hills
1200 Morris Tpke
Short Hills, NJ

Santa Claus is Coming to MarketFair
November 27 to December 24, Monday to Saturday 11AM-8PM (closed November 30 and December 7), Sunday 11AM-6PM. Christmas Eve 10AM-5PM.
Even though they can’t sit on Santa’s lap this year, kids can still have a magical and interactive experience with Santa. They’ll be able to talk to him safely, from a distance, and take a photo. After you get your holiday keepsake, kiddos will get a free gift and meal coupon to use at the Corner Bakery Café.
3535 US Highway 1
Princeton, NJ


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Caroline is a writer from central Jersey who loves checking out new boardwalks and beach towns (current faves include Long Branch and Ocean Grove), admiring the foliage and walking around downtown Princeton, and singing along to music—often with her younger sister. One of her favorite jobs was being a camp counselor and helping out at local, family-friendly events. She can regularly be found ordering a pie to go from Romeo's in Plainsboro, her favorite pizzeria.

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