Taking pictures with Santa is a yearly tradition, even if it means a photo of a screaming, terrified child on St. Nick’s lap. I’m so lucky to be invited to a close friend’s annual holiday kick-off party. Santa is the honored guest and my girls get to sit on his lap and share their wish list. I’m happy because I get great photos with no lines.
If you’re not as lucky, you can find Santa at our town tree lightings or even have him come to your home thanks to the Montclair PBA, but here are some places to get a picture with Santa (and one with Mrs. Claus!):
Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats
Location: 43 Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Bring your camera if you wish but Krisztina Crane Photography will be there to capture all those precious moments with Santa.
Hours: Saturday, December 1 from 11 am – 2 pm and Sunday, December 2 from 10 am – 2 pm
Call 973.783.6100 to reserve a spot.
Cost: One photo of per family will be complimentary, all others can be purchased through photographer.
St. Cassian’s Christmas Corners
Location: 190 Lorraine Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Annual fundraiser filled with raffle baskets, silent auction, café, baked goods, wreaths and poinsettias. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Hours: December 1.
Tea With Mrs. Claus
Location: Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center
Enjoy a story, tea & finger sandwiches, cookies and fun with Mrs. Claus! Each child will receive a framed picture with Mrs. Claus.
Hours: Saturday, December 15 from 12 pm – 3 pm
Cost: $15 per child / $12 per adult. Please call the office at 973-429-0960 for reservations.
Breakfast With Santa at South Mountain YMCA
Location: 13 Jefferson Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
Celebrate the Holidays with YMCA families and get a personalized gift from Santa. Free family photo with Santa by Joy Yagid Photography.
Hours: Saturday, December 8 at 9 am – 10 am, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, 12 pm – 1 pm or 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm.
Cost: $45/ YMCA Members and $65 for non-members. Cost includes up to two children per family. An additional $10 will be added per child for the third or child and up. Call 973.762.4145 for more information. Click here for registration form.
Santa at Christmas Ice Caverns
Location: 437 Route 46 West, Fairfield, NJ. Inide the Fairfield Home and Garden Center.
Have your picture taken with the most famous Santa in New Jersey and the tri state area, who has been taking pictures as Santa for over 20 years. He started in the Wayne Town Center Mall and was there until 2007 when the mall closed. Now he can be found at Christmas Ice Caverns.
Hours: Pictures With Santa Photo Times & Attire Are As Follows:
Monday-Saturday 11 am – 8 pm & Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm
Traditional Suit (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays) Victorian Suit (Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays)
Mall at Short Hills
Location: Ice Palace exhibit
Santa will be at The Mall at Short Hills through December 24 for family photos and is available during all mall hours with limited breaks daily.
Hours: During mall hours. Santa will take a break to feed his reindeer weekdays from 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., weekends from 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Location: Bloomingdale’s Exhibit Court
Hours: Open all mall hours
Santa will be taking breaks Monday -Saturday 1 pm – 2 pm and 5 pm – 6 pm, Sunday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm.
Fair in the Square – Pictures With Santa
Location: Verona Civic Center (600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona) during Fair in the Square.
Verona’s 15th annual outdoor holiday fair featuring ice-carving demonstrations, face painting, children’s wood workshop, local crafters & vendors selling gifts, pictures with Santa and Snoopy, music and much more!
Hours: Saturday, December 1. Photos with Santa from 2 pm – 3:30 pm.
Breakfast With Santa
Who: All ages.
What: See Santa at the 3rd annual Breakfast with Santa at St. James Gate Publick House. You’ll enjoy a continental breakfast, music and gifts for the children.
Where: St. James Gate Publick House, 167 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When: Saturday, December 15 at 9:30 am.
Cost: $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Village Wine Shop at 163 Maplewood Avenue.
Location: 15-10 US 46 West, Woodland Park, NJ
Hours: Sunday, December 9 from 2 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Photos are FREE for anyone who shops that day and $5.00 for non-shoppers.
Family Night with Santa and Friends and Swim With Santa
Who: Kids up to age 9 with a parent.
What: Fun night of hot cocoa, cookies, dancing, games, swim with Santa and more!
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Friday, December 21 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
Cost: $15 per family. Call for more information at 973-783-7640
Where do you visit Santa for pictures?
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