Where to see Santa in Queens this season

’Tis the season for giving, lighted trees, boughs of holly and mistletoe. But no Christmas would be complete without the jolly old gent in the suit of red. Fortunately, Santa always takes time from his busy schedule to visit Queens during the holidays. Here’s where you can get your “ho, ho, ho” fix this season:

Shops at Atlas Park
Santa Claus will be available for photos and visits at his winter home, located near “Shiro of Japan,” including specific dates to have your dog or cat get their picture with him
Through December 24
Complete schedule here


World Ice Arena
Sure, sitting on Santa’s lap and getting your photo taken is cool, but how about skating with Santa? Free skating classes are also available.
Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-1:15pm through January 1st

Tut’s Hub on Steinway Street in Astoria
Free photos and gift!
Sunday, December 13 and 20, from 12 noon until 3:00 pm


Bourbon Street

Brunch with Santa at Bourbon Street Restaurant
How many people get to say they had brunch with the Jolly Old Elf himself? Now you can!
Sunday, December 13 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

nderdonk House

St. Nicholas Day at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House
The perfect opportunity to capture Santa on your camera is the historic Dutch home’s annual holiday celebration, including crafts, treats, live music and tree lighting at 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 6, 12 noon to 4:00 pm
$5 for adults, free for children


Queens Center Mall
Visit Santa in the mall’s JC Penney wing, Level 3
Daily through Thursday, December
Visit the website for complete schedule.
Photo packages start at $34.99.


Skyview Center
Daily through Thursday, December 24
Visit Santa on LEVEL D
Visit the website for the complete schedule.
Photo packages start at $29.99.


Pet-Friendly Santa Photos at Petco
Include your furry loved one in ALL the holiday traditions with a photo of them with Santa! Store are offering frames for $9.95 with 100% of proceeds going to the Petco Foundation’s annual Tree of Hope Fundraiser, which benefits animals in need
December 5 and December 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
All Petco locations in Queens

The Lower East Side Ecology Center was founded in 1987 as one of the first organizations to offer community-based recycling and composting programs in New York City. The Center’s electronic waste reuse and recycling program offers free, responsible disposal of working and non-working electronics to New York City residents, small businesses and non-profit organizations. They offer e-waste collection events seasonally in neighborhoods throughout the city and also accept equipment five days a week at their Gowanus E-waste Warehouse, where reusable and refurbished items are available for sale.

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