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Where and How to Get Unique Santa Pictures in New Jersey

Ho ho ho! If you are looking to get great Santa pictures in New Jersey, have we got a listing for you.

The photo of the kids on Santa’s lap – it’s almost a parental requirement right? Maybe your kids just can’t wait to tell him their list, maybe they won’t go within 10 feet of him. What’s for sure is you’re going to see Santa in LOTS of places this season.

We’ve compiled this list of places to get Santa pictures in New Jersey so that this year you can keep with the traditional or go for the unique. There are so many fun ideas for local Santa photos from donut shops to airplanes. Keep reading and mark your calendar and of course, don’t forget your list!

CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED FOR 2021

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Where and How to Get Unique Santa Pictures in New Jersey

Want a different kind of experience when you take your Santa photos in New Jersey this year? Try these locations offering unique Santa pictures in New Jersey.

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Go to Santa Claus’ home.

Is that even possible? Can we take our kids to visit Santa’s residence without leaving New Jersey? Apparently, we can! Check out these New Jersey towns that have transformed their parks into the North Pole or Toy Workshop for Santa pictures.

  • Visit Santa’s house and Mr. Claus at Memorial Park in Van Neste Square in Ridgewood. He will be there on Saturdays in December until December 18, 2021 from 12 to 2 pm. Find out more in our calendar event here.
  • Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting on December 2nd until December 23rd, 2021 Santa can be found in Pitman’s Ballard Park from 6 to 8 pm. For more information check out our calendar event listing.

See Santa Fly!

Have your kids ever wanted to see Santa Claus fly? Across New Jersey Santa visits airports and museums flying in not with his sleigh, but in helicopters and airplanes. Take a look at where you can go in New Jersey for these unique Santa pictures.

  • Be sure to look up on November 26, 2021 when Santa flies in Nutley, NJ via helicopter. The helicopter is expected to touch down at the Nutley Park Oval at 2 pm and gates open at 1 pm. More details can be found on the Tap Into Net site.
  • Santa will also be flying into New Milford on December 4, 2021. For more information visit our listing for the New Milford Santa Fly In Landing 2021.

Visit with Santa at the Farm

Are there farms at the North Pole? Maybe that’s where the magical Christmas trees grow? Well, the North Pole has nothing on these New Jersey farms that will host Santa in 2021.

  • Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff hosts 2021 Story Times with Santa and Mrs. Claus on November 30th, December 1st, December 7th and December 8th. Tickets are required. Admission is $12 per child.
  • Santa of course wants to check in on the Christmas tree farms, and he’ll be at the following:
    • Lazy Susan Tree Farm in Robbinsville hosts Santa on the weekends starting on November 26, 2021. Find your perfect tree while also enjoying a complimentary hot cocoa by the fire pit and a visit with Santa and his goats. This is a great pace to take a Christmas card photo.
    • The Anne-Ellen Christmas tree farm in Manalapan has Santa visiting occasionally for 2021. Tickets can be booked on their website to walk through their village including a life size gingerbread house and igloo for $20 for adults and $10 for kids over 3. Santa is on the tree farm on Saturdays and Sundays. He is inside the village from 5 to 9 pm on Wednesday through Sunday.
    • Santa will not be at Spruce Goose Farm for 2021.
  • Terhune Orchards in Princeton plans to welcome Santa in 2021. He will be there from one to 3 pm on December 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th. There is no fee to visit and no reservations needed.
  • Santa will be visiting Alstede Farms on December 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th this year. Purchase tickets for Brunch with Santa on their website.
  • Visit Liberty Haven Farm on December 5th from 2 to 5 pm for $10 a person for their Barnyard Christmas celebration.
  • Visit with Santa for free at Johnson’s Corner Farm throughout the month of December. Visit the website to see times. Tickets can also be purchased online for their light show hayride and other seasonal activities. Our family has visited multiple times and we enjoy seeing the lights on the lake, the bonfire and the hayrides decked out with lights.
  • Get close to some cute alpacas while you also get a visit for Santa at the Morning Glori Farmette. Tickets are $50 for a family session with Santa or $75 for one with professional photographer shots. There will also be a surprise visit from Elsa.
  • Get close to some cute alpacas and see Santa as well! Egg Harbor Township’s Winding Creek Alpaca Farm hosts Santa December 12, 13, and 19. Admission is @12/person.

Join Santa in the Great Outdoors!

From the farms to the parks. Santa loves nature!

  • Rancocas Nature Center hosts Santa Quest on December 12, 2021. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $25 per family and $8 per person for members. They are $35 per family and $10 per person for non-members. Our kids loved hiking the trail last year and finding clues such as a trail of flour to find Santa. Back at the visitor’s center there will be hot chocolate, a campfire and a bake sale. 
  • There will be a Victorian Holiday Celebration at Smithville Park on December 5, 2021 from 1 to 6 pm. Santa will arrive by horse-drawn carriage and there will be photo opportunities. There will be a rodeo reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, train rides, a synthetic ice skating rink, s’mores and more. Our family visited two years ago and enjoyed getting our photo taken, the train ride around the mansion and the strolling carolers. 
  • There will be Christmas in Whitesbog Village from 11 am to 4 pm on December 11, 2021. There will be pictures with Santa that people can register for with the Pemberton Recreation Department. There is free admission and free activities such as a candy cane hike, handmade gift vendors, wagon rides, and jam and chocolate tastings as well.

Ride Santa Ride

  • Santa will be at Williams Harley Davidson in Lebanon for photos on December 11th and 12th, 2021. Get photos with Santa on a Harley from 10 am to 3 pm. There are food and beverages available while people wait. Dogs are welcome. 
  • Ride the train WITH Santa and make sure he gets to the Red Bank Tree Lighting! Board the train in Little Silver November 29th at 6:40 PM and enjoy a ride with bagpipers and dancers!
  • PATCO’s Santa’s Silver Sleigh is a fun ride on December 7th. The train is decorated, Santa visits all the riders and you end up in Philadelphia where there is SO much Christmas fun to be had! Find out more in our calendar event.
Santa on a Harley
Williams Harley Davidson offers a unique Santa photo.

Skate with Santa

Santa lives at the North Pole so of course he knows how to ice skate! He can roller skate too. He’s got to work off all those cookies, right? In New Jersey, this December kids can not only get Santa photos but they can also skate with Santa. Many New Jersey skating rinks will host Santa Claus for a visit this holiday season, here’s some we know about for 2021.

  • Santa’s skating (and bumping) in Ocean County too! On December 14 strap on some skates or rent a bumper car at Ocean Ice Palace in Brick and do some figure 8s with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and more.
  • On December 5, 2021 from 12 to 2 pm skate with Santa at Ice Land in Hamilton. There will be holiday tunes and complimentary pictures can be taken on the ice. I have had multiple birthday parties over the years and it is a great place to hit the rink. They always play music while you skate, have skate rentals, there is a lip around the rink so it is easy to hold on to the edge while you learn and they sell hot cocoa and some other foods as well.
Santa visits Warinanco ice skating rink.
Santa visits Warinanco ice skating rink

Santa Visits a Winery

On cold days a visit with Santa indoors may sound like a nice idea. These wineries offer some indoor visit opportunities with Santa and they both have food options for purchase there as well. 

  • The Renault Winery Resort has a Christmas storytime with Santa and fresh baked cookies from the in house pastry chef in the Expedition room. There will be an opportunity for pictures with Santa afterwards. 2021 Tickets are $10 a person and can be purchased online for December 7th, 12th and 21st. 
  • Laurita Winery will have Santa and Mrs. Claus available on November 27th, November 28th, December 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th from 1 to 4 pm each day of their 2021 season. The Clauses will be inside in the loft.

Santa Visits Kid Play Areas

For younger kids, a great way to get some great Santa photos is to combine them with a visit to a playspace. 

  • Santa will visit Peek a Boo Playground in Medford for A Very Merry Open Play on December 10th and 12th. Register on their website for this. 

Craft with Santa

More details coming soon on additional opportunities to create and craft with Santa.

Swim with Santa

Does Santa know how to swim? Sure Santa knows how to swim! In fact, he loves any opportunity to splash around and play in the water just like our own kids do. In other years, Santa took time to swim with kids at Sahara Sam’s and a few YMCAs. For 2021, there are no swimming events with Santa.

  • South Jersey’s YMCA gets Santa also, in Vineland on December 13.

Play Ball with Santa

  • While he may not exactly be fielding grounders or hitting home runs, Santa will be at the Christmas Cruise-Thru at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood on December 12th. More information can be found in our calendar of events listing.

A few more unique ways and places to hang with Santa for photos in New Jersey

  • Looking for a more outdoorsy experience? If you haven’t visited the Atlantic City Bass Pro Shop’s Santa Wonderland this is a great time for a visit.  Santa will be there from until December 24, 2021. Reservations are required. Check for the Atlantic City Bass Pro Shop Santa schedule.
  • If you want to see Santa from the warmth and safety of your vehicle go to the Lawrence Township Deck the Halls Drive Through on December 3, 2021 from 6 to 8 pm to see different displays, police, fire fighters, a tree lighting, get goodie bags and see Santa as well. 
  • Santa will be at the Antique Marketplace in Hammonton on December 12, 2021 from noon to 2 pm. Pictures are free and printed along with hot cocoa and treats. 
  • Santa will be at the Mount Laurel Tree Lighting on December 3, 2021 at the Shops at Rancocas Woods and available for photos. There will also be face painting, Buddy the Elf, Elsa and more from 6 to 9 pm.
  • Visits with Santa are open to the public at the Madison Santa Village after November 26th.
  • Santa will be at the Columbia Bank on December 4th from 10 am to 1 pm. 
  • Santa will be at the Voorhees Township Fire Department on December 18th from noon to 4 pm. There will be a fire truck display, cookies with Santa and music. 
  • Santa will be at the Countryview Farm Nursery on December 12th from 11 am to 3 pm for a free meet and greet.

5 Traditional Places to Get Great Santa Pictures in New Jersey

Stop while you shop for Santa Claus photos at these New Jersey Malls and Shopping Centers

It’s the classic way to get your wish to the North Pole, right? You’re shopping for presents and there’s the big guy, sitting there waiting to listen. Mall Santas today are very different from the past, with walk through adventures and reservations, but the feeling your kids will get is the same one that you did when you whispered your list to him. Check out special hours for children with autism, pets, and fun clothing themes.

North Jersey malls and shopping centers that offer Santa photos

Bergen County Malls with Santa Photos

  • The Shops at Riverside – The Shops at Riverside Santa is available daily except Sundays. Fastpass reservations are required. Santa and elves will be masked and visits are to be socially distanced.
    • Santa arrives at The Shops at Riverside on November 18th, 2021.
  • Paramus Park Mall – The Paramus Park Mall Santa is available daily except Sundays, 11 AM – 7 PM. Virtual visits available also! Reservations are encouraged. 
    • Santa has already arrived at the Paramus Park Mall for the 2021 Christmas season. 
    • Santa Paws Dog Photo Nights: These are from 4 to 8 pm on 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20.
  • Westfield Garden State Plaza – Reservations are recommended to skip the line. Santa available 11 AM – 8 pm daily except Sundays. Kids can be socially distanced to sit in front of Santa. Santa and his set staff are all vaccinated. There will also be daily health screenings with temperature checks and symptom surveys. All set staff will wear masks. 
    • Santa arrives at Garden State Plaza November 12th, 2021.
    • Santa Paws Dog Photo Nights: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20 from 4 to 8 pm
  • Bergen Town CenterBergen Town Center’s Santa will be inside a snowglobe this year! Masks are required.
    • Santa arrives at Bergen Town Center December 3, 2020.
Santa Command Center at Santa HQ locations
Santa Command Center at Santa HQ locations

Essex County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Livingston Mall – The Livingston Mall’s Santa is available daily for 2021. Reservations are required. Hours vary and can be seen on the website.
    • Santa arrives at Livingston Mall on November 18th, 2021.
  • The Mall at Short Hills  – Santa’s Flight Academy 2021 is open daily during select mall hours. Registration is recommended. After the visit kids can join Santa’s flight crew. They will be fitted for a virtual flight suit and help him to deliver presents. Masks are optional but recommended before and after your visit. There is an option to sit with Santa or remain socially distanced. All photo staff employees will be masked. There will be hand sanitizer and heightened cleaning protocols in place as well.
    • Santa arrives at The Mall at Short Hills on November 12, 2021.
Santa HQ Freehold Raceway Mall

Hudson County Malls with Santa Photos

  • The Newport Centre Mall’s Santa is available daily. Reservations are required. 
    • Santa arrives at Newport Centre Mall on November 19th, 2021.

Morris County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Rockaway Townsquare – The Rockaway Townsquare Santa is available daily except Thanksgiving. Pre-booking a reservation is encouraged as walk-ups are only if space is available. The Hibiscus Grill will give a free dessert or side with the purchase of an adult entree after showing photo package purchase receipt in the Management Office for a voucher. 
    • Santa arrives at Rockaway Townsquare on November 12th, 2021.
    • Caring Santa available by appointment on December 12th, 2021 for private visits from 10 to 11 am.

Passaic County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Willowbrook Mall  The Willowbrook Mall Santa is available daily at various hours. Reservations are encouraged. 
    • Santa has already arrived at the Willowbrook Mall for the 2021 season. 
    • Santa Paws Dog Photo Nights: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 from 4 to 8 pm
    • Santa Cares Days are on December 5th and 12th from 9:30 to 10:30. These are sensory friendly photo times for children with special needs before the mall opens.

Union County Malls with Santa Photos

  • The Mills at Jersey Gardens – The Mills at Jersey Gardens Santa is available daily except Thanksgiving. Reservations are required.
    • Santa arrives at The Mills at Jersey Gardens on November 18th, 2021.
Santa photos in New Jersey

Central Jersey malls and shopping centers that offer Santa photos

Mercer County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Quakerbridge Mall – The Quakerbridge Mall Santa is available daily during select mall hours. Reservations are required. The Mall will also have pop up performances throughout the mall on December 2nd through the 18th.
    • Santa arrives at Quakerbridge Mall on November 19th, 2021. 
    • Caring Santa is at the mall on December 5th from 10 to 11 am for children with special needs.
  • MarketFair – Make a visit reservation beforehand. We have done photos here in years past and it is a really quick walk to see Santa and there is usually not a long line. 
    • Santa arrives at MarketFair on November 26th, 2021. 
    • Santa Paws Dog Photo Nights: 12/5 & 12/12 from 4 to 7 pm.
Christmas background with Christmas Trees and Toy Soldier at the Freehold Raceway Mall in New Jersey

Middlesex County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Brunswick Square Mall
    • Sensitive Santa is available on December 5th, 2021 from 9 to 10:30 am with free registration. RSVP in advance.
  • Menlo Park Mall – The Menlo Park Mall Santa is available daily. Reservations are required. We also love visiting the Rainforest Cafe when we are there. 
    • Santa arrives at Menlo Park Mall on November 12th, 2021. 
    • Milk and Cookies with Santa is on December 4th from 9 to 10 am with a make and take craft, milk and cookies with Santa, visit with Santa and gift with Santa pictures purchase. 
    • Santa Paws Dog Photo Nights: November 21st and December 5th from 6:30 to 8 pm. 
    • Caring Santa is at the mall on December 12th.
  • Woodbridge Center – The Woodbridge Center Santa is available daily. Reservations are encouraged.
    • Santa arrives at Woodbridge Center on November 17th, 2021.
The Elf Academy that is part of Santa HQ at participating New Jersey Shopping Centers
Enter the Elf Academy at HGTV Santa HQ.

Monmouth County Malls with Santa Photos

  • The Freehold Raceway Mall Santa is available select days and times. Reservations are available. There will be Holiday Character Appearances throughout the season. 
    • Santa arrives at Freehold Raceway Mall on November 12th, 2021. 
    • Read about our experience at the HGTV Santa HQ Headquarters at the Freehold Raceway Mall.
    • Santa Paws Dog Photos: 11/29, 12/6 and 12/13 from 4 to 8 pm
    • Mrs. Santa Hot Chocolate and Holiday Carolers on December 1st, 8th and 15th from 5 to 7 pm. 
  • Monmouth Mall – The Monmouth Mall Santa is available daily. Reservations are required. 
    • Santa arrives at Monmouth Mall on November 18th, 2021. 
    • Santa Paws Dog Photos: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20 from 4 to 8 pm.

Somerset County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Bridgewater Commons – The Bridgewater Commons Safe Santa Experience is available daily. Reservations are required. There will be socially distant pictures. There is a walk through experience and kids under 10 get Twinkle Special Effect Glasses. 
    • Santa arrives at Bridgewater Commons on November 13th, 2021. 
    • Santa Cares Day is on December 3rd from 9 to 11 am.
New Jersey Santa Photos

South Jersey malls and shopping centers that offer Santa pictures in New Jersey

Atlantic County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Hamilton Mall – Reservations are required.
    • Santa arrives November 18th, 2021.

Burlington County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Moorestown Mall – The Moorestown Mall Santa is available daily and reservations are encouraged. Virtual visits are also available.
    • Santa arrives at Moorestown Mall on November 5th, 2021. 
    • Pet photos with Santa: Monday nights November 8th to December 20th, 2021. 
    • Snacks with Santa and his friends on December 4th from 10 am to noon. Get tickets beforehand.

Camden County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Voorhees Town Center – Santa is available daily. 
    • Santa arrives at Voorhees Town Center on November 18th, 2021.
  • Cherry Hill Mall – The Cherry Hill Mall Santa is available daily. Reservations are encouraged. 
    • Santa arrives at Cherry Hill Mall on November 4th, 2021. 
    • Pet photos with Santa: Mondays, November 8th to December 20th, 2021. Reservations should be made. 
    • Photos with Santa and various holiday friends: November 23rd to December 14th on Tuesdays at 4 to 7 pm

Cumberland County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Cumberland Mall – The Cumberland Mall Santa is available daily. Reservations are required.
    • Santa arrives at Cumberland Mall on November 24th, 2021. 
    • Pet photos with Santa: every Monday November 29th to December 20th from 12 to 8 pm. 
    • Santa and his friends are at Center Court on Tuesdays from 4 to 7 pm. 
    • Snacks with Santa and his friends will be from 10 am to noon on December 5th.

Gloucester County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Deptford Mall – The Deptford Mall Santa is available daily. Reservations are required with one hour per day for walk up guests.
    • Santa arrives at Deptford Mall on November 20, 2021.
    • Read about our experience at the HGTV Santa HQ Headquarters.
    • Sensory Santa is from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on December 12th. 
    • Pet Nights with Santa are on November 29th, December 6th and December 13th from 4 to 8 pm. 
    • Character Nights are on December 8th and December 15th from 5 to 7 pm. 
    • Pajama Party with Mrs. Claus and her friends with a show for families with crafts, story time, caroling and more. Showtimes are at 10 am, 11 am and noon on December 16th. Registration required beforehand.
Family Christmas photo with santa at HGTV Santa HQ at the Freehold Raceway Mall

Ocean County Malls with Santa Photos

  • Ocean County Mall – The Ocean County Mall Santa is available daily except Thanksgiving. Reservations are required. 
    • Santa arrives at Ocean County Mall on November 12th, 2021. 
    • Caring Santa will be there on December 5th from 8:30 to 10 am for private photos for kids with special needs.

Other shopping areas that host Santa pictures in New Jersey include farmer’s markets, flea markets and holiday craft fairs.

  • New Egypt Flea Market in Cream Ridge will host Santa in 2021 on 12/10 and 12/17 from 5 to 8 pm for their Sweet Pickin Holiday Shopping event..
  • Cowtown Farmer’s Market in Pilesgrove will have Christmas at Cowtown on December 21 featuring visits with Santa.

Make a fun local attraction more fun at these New Jersey family attractions with Christmas attractions

At Jersey Family Fun we are always encouraging families to get out and enjoy, and some of our favorite New Jersey attractions will host Santa as well. Why not say hi to the big guy while you ride a roller coaster, see some animals, or even drive a tractor.

Santa appearances at iPlay America
Find Santa wandering the arcade at iPlay America!
  • Six Flags Great Adventure Holiday in the Park begins on November 13th and ends on January 2nd, 2022. Santa will be available for visits until he has to return to the North Pole!
  • South Jersey’s favorite amusement park for the little ones, Storybook Land, welcomes Santa on November 13, 2021! He’ll be available for visits until December 23rd along with Mrs. Claus.
  • The Turtle Back Zoo has a Holiday Lights Spectacular. It is free and from 5 to 9 pm on December 3rd to December 5th and from December 10th to the 31st. There are Meet and Greets with Santa on December 3rd to the 5th, 10th to the 12th and 17th to the 23rd. It is free and there are optional professional photos to purchase.
Delivering letters to Santa's mailbox
My boys delivered their letters to Santa’s mailbox before taking a picture with him at the Adventure Aquarium.

Feast with Santa Claus at these New Jersey Meals with Santa

We love updating this list every year. We are currently updating ithis guide for 2021.

Santa loves pancakes, did you know? He also loves pizza, bagels and Mexican food – share some with him when you enjoy a meal with Santa (and maybe some other special guests) at one of these New Jersey locations. If your little ones want a more relaxed visit with Santa than waiting in line in a store or mall, distracting them with yummy food could be the way to get that great photo!

Click over to find our complete listing of meals with Santa in New Jersey.

santa breakfast with Fairytale Entertainment Characters
@Fairytale Entertainment

Ride a Train with Santa Claus in New Jersey

There’s just something special about seeing Santa on a train. I can’t find the words, maybe it’s nostalgia, but my heart gets all fluttery when I see Santa pull into the station on a train. Across our area, kids can have Santa pictures in New Jersey on a train.

NJ-Christmas-Train-Rides-with-santa

Last year, Santa Claus rode on a freight train into Freehold, another train through Red Bank, the Patco trains through South Jersey and more. For a listing of New Jersey Christmas trains click over to read All Aboard these New Jersey Christmas Train Rides.

Where & How to Get UNIQUE SANTA photos in New Jersey

Find a New Jersey Christmas event with Santa near you.

There are so many New Jersey Christmas Tree lightings & New Jersey Christmas Parades across the state. Maybe you’ll find a new location by checking our lists below! Bundle up and get your hot chocolate and of course, say HI to Santa while you’re there.

North Jersey Christmas Events

Central New Jersey Christmas Events

South Jersey Christmas Events

For more Christmas Activities near New Jersey visit these blog posts and listings

Make a trip across a bridge to explore more local Christmas Family Fun.

We support family fun in New Jersey but sometimes there’s no comparison to what our nearby cities can offer. Both Philadelphia and New York City offer some amazing holiday displays, events, and Christmas attractions. We have your information on how to make a day of Christmas in the City! Click on any of the links below for more details.

For ways to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah at home visit these blog posts and listings

For help with your holiday and Christmas Shopping take a look at these posts

We’re currently updating these guides for 2021.

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