Where & How to see the Jolly One this Year!

A 2020 visit with Santa might be a tad different than what you’re used to, however, it’s still possible to let Kris Kringle know exactly what you want for Christmas. You can also check out free holiday happenings and christmas light displays. NJ Kids calendar has more events.

Here’s where to find him:

Santa In-Person Northern New Jersey

Dickens Village Holiday Celebration
Ricalton Square and Maplewood Ave, Maplewood NJ
Come see Santa and the beautifully decorated Dickens Village at Ricalton Square. Masks and social distancing rules will be enforced and monitored, and kiddos can write letters to Santa and drop them off in a special mailbox. Their Tree Lighting will be Dec 5th at 4:30pm observable from your car.
Sat. Dec 5th, 12th & 19th from 1pm-3pm
Tues. Dec 15th - Menorah Lighting at 6:15pm
Price: Free

Holiday Market in the Park
29 Hopatchung Rd. Hopatcong, NJ
Shopping, food and fun from 3pm to 9pm with vendors, crafters, and artists in Modick Park. The Tree Lighting, Santa Visit, and Giveaway for Kids will be from 6pm to 8pm.
Sat. Dec 12 from 3pm to 9pm
Price: Free admission

Kringle Railway Adventure Train Ride
The Whippany Train Station, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany NJ
Seating is reserved with a maximum of 25% of the train’s capacity. Get your tickets early, before they sell out, for this great, holiday adventure with themed seating pods, holiday music, games and a socially distant photo opp with Santa. Reservations are required and sold in pods of 4 or 6 seats. Face coverings are required as well.
Sat/Sun through Dec. 19th, at 9am, 10:20am, 11:40am, 1pm, 2:20pm & 3:40pm
Price: $25 per seat

North Pole at North Park Place
14 Maple Avenue, Morristown, NJ
Enjoy the festive lights of Morristown and the opportunity to see Santa from a socially distant stroll to 17 North Park Place. Children will be able to chat with Santa through a window and the help of social distancing markers. Masks must be worn at all times.
Sat/Sun from Dec. 5th- 20th, 1pm to 4pm
Price: Free

Short Hills Mall - Santa’s Flight Academy
1200 Morris Tpke. Short Hills, NJ
All visits are by reservation only this year with social distancing and mask wearing protocols. Photo sessions must be pre-paid as well.
Through Dec 24th
Reserve your spot and photo session here www.shopshorthills.com/pages/sfa
Price: Dependent on the photo package you choose

Santa In-Person - Central New Jersey

Allaire Historic VIllage Christmas
4263 Atlantic Avenue, Wall Township, NJ
Reserve your tickets now for a chance to experience the “traditions of Christmas Past”. Warm up by the hearth, enjoy musicians and storytellers, gingerbread house displays, classic decorations and the opportunity to take pictures with Santa.
Sun Dec 6, Dec 13th & Dec. 20th from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Price: $10

Breakfast with Santa at Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave, Union NJ
Naughty or nice – all are welcome when Liberty Hall hosts Breakfast with Santa. Their hot breakfast buffet will fill you with Christmas cheer and put you in the holiday spirit. Then take a photo with Santa in his sleigh. Reservations are required.
Sun. Dec 20th 9am or 11:30am
Price: $25-$30

Dinner with Santa & Mrs. Claus
214 Harmony Rd. Middletownship, NJ
Enjoy a special dinner with Santa and Mrs. Claus followed by photo ops, games and giveaways. Must register in advance.
Sat. Dec 12 from 5pm-7pm
Price: $30/adults $20/kids

Freehold Raceway Mall
3710 US 9, Freehold NJ
Located on the lower level of the mall between JCPenney and Zara, Santa welcomes all kiddos to tell them their Christmas wish list, for free, without a reservation, although an appointment is recommended to minimize wait time. The visit will be contactless this year with proper social distancing requirements and masks.
Dec 1-6, Tues-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Dec 8-23 Mon-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Dec 24 9am-5pm
Price: Free

Holiday Time at Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street, Princeton NJ
Every weekend Dec 1st-20th, from noon to 2pm, carolers and Santa will be strolling through Palmer Square.
Sat./Sun. from Dec 1st-20th, noon to 2pm
Price: Free

Johnson’s Corner Farm
133 Church Rd, Medford, NJ
Santa will not be allowing kids to sit on his lap this year, however, he will hold a parade for everyone, on a red tractor full of gifts, where you’ll be able to take quick, informal pictures. Reservations are required and free.
Reservations for “Lights on the Lake” and wagon ride are also available for a cost (btwn $7-$12pp). Cookie making kits are $8.
Nov. 27 to Dec. 23rd
Fridays 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Saturdays 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Sunday 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Price: Free admission

Kale’s Garden Center
133 Carter Road Princeton NJ
Santa will visit the greenhouse with safety precautions in place while you shop for your poinsettias. Santa will have a face covering and photos will not be taken on his knee but from a safe distance.
Friday, Dec 5th & 12th, Sat. Dec 13 from 10am to 3pm
Sun. Dec 6th from 1pm to 5pm
Price: Free admission

Maple Leaf Farm Christmas Wonderland
525 Rt 9, South Manalapan NJ
Find your way to Santa by walking through a beautiful Christmas Village visiting with Mickey Mouse, Rudolph, Olaf, the Abominable Snowman and more.
Have a photoshoot with Santa at the end with social distancing precautions in place.
Wed-Sun, noon-5pm
Price: $9-$12

3535 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ
Reserve your magical visit with Santa this year. Safety protocols will be observed and children will receive a small gift and meal coupon for the Corner Bakery Cafe.
Through Dec 24th
Mon-Sat. 11am-8pm Sun 11am-6pm Christmas Eve: 10am-5pm
Price: Dependent on the photo package you choose

Menlo Mall
55 Parsonage Rd. Edison NJ
Come visit with Santa at the Menlo Mall in a safe, socially distant, masked experience this year. Reservations are recommended but not required. Through Dec 24th
Hours and reservations are through this link www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/WRVsQ44Z:menlo-park-mall
Price: $20 which will be applied to the photo package you choose

Santa at Bridgewater Commons
400 Commons Way Bridgewater, NJ
Located in the Center Court, Lower Level, the Safe Santa Celebration welcomes kids for a no-touch, socially distanced, walk-through experience to meet Santa. Reservations and masks are required. Virtual Visits and Pet Photos are also offered.
Daily until December 24th
Price: $15

Santa In-Person Southern New Jersey 

Bass Pro Shops - Santa’s Wonderland
30 N Christopher Columbus Blvd. Atlantic City, NJ
Reserve a time to meet with Santa at the Bass Pro Shops. This year kiddos will have a contactless experience but will be able to chat and take a picture with Santa through a plexiglass window. Social distancing and mask wearing is required, and sanitation protocols are enhanced.
Through December 24th
Schedule your visit with this link 
Price: Free to visit, pictures at cost

Cumberland Mall
3849 S Delsea Dr. Vineland NJ
Reservations are required to see Santa this year and wish lists and photos will be accomplished while social distancing with masks.
Through December 24th
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm (breaks from 1-2 & 5-6)
Sun 11am-6pm (breaks 2-2:30pm)
Dec 24th 10am-5pm (breaks 1-1:30pm)
Price: $20

Deptford Mall
1750 Deptford Center Rd Deptford NJ
Located in the Center Court, meet Santa and the elves for a special, contact-free, socially distant holiday experience. Reservations are recommended but not required.
Dec 1-6, Tues-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Dec 8-23 Mon-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Dec 24 9am-5pm
Price: Free

Diggerland’s Winter Festival
100 Pinedge Dr. West Berlin, NJ
Winter at Diggerland brings a parade of machines with Santa, holiday music, 40 fun attractions, food, hayrides and more. Pictures with Santa and proper social distancing are by reservation only weekends from 1-3pm and included in your price of admission.
Sat/Sun until January 3rd from 1pm-3pm
Price: $39.95 for a day ticket

Santa Express
Richland Station, Atlantic County NJ or Tuckahoe Station, Cape May NJ
60-minute rides between Richland Village and Tuckahoe Village every Friday evenings and Saturday day until Tuesday, December 22nd. You can board from either station and choose your railcar, however, advanced reservations are highly recommended. During the ride, Santa will walk through the cars and spend time with each child.
Fri. at 5:30pm & 8pm, Sat. at 11am, 1:30pm & 4pm
Price: Varies according to date/time and station

Six Flags Holiday in the Park
1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson Township, NJ
Enjoy rides, holiday foods and lights, firepits for roasting s’mores, holiday music and games as well as the chance to see Santa and Mrs. Clause walking through the amusement park. Reservations are required, masks are mandated over nose and mouth at all times, and social distancing is enforced.
Until January 3rd
Fri. 4pm-9pm, Sat/Sun. 1pm-9pm
Dec 21&22 3pm-9pm
Dec 23&24 and Dec.28-31, Jan 1-3 1pm-9pm
Price: $29.99

Virtual Santa 

Holiday Bingo with Santa via Zoom
Children ages 3-8 are invited to play Bingo with Santa, remotely, from the comfort of their homes. Register ahead of time to receive your Bingo board and the zoom link to the event.
Dec. 14th from 6pm-7pm
Price: Free

Santa at Bridgewater Commons
Reserve a time to meet and chat with the Big Guy virtually, from the safety of your home. You are allowed 5 children per appointment.
Daily until December 24th
Price: $20

Santa - the Experience
Have a live 5-min chat with Santa and a tour of Santa’s village by his favorite elves. The entire experience is about 12 minutes and personalized for your child. A video keepsake is available once done.
Price: $35-$70

Santa “Ed” - Virtual Visits
Zoom live chat with Santa where you can ask Santa anything you want, see parts of the North Pole, confirm which list you are on and much more. Recordings of the conversation are also available. Reservations are required. This famous Santa has appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Show and Blake Shelton’s new album to name a few and is apparently one of the most requested Santas in the industry.
Price: $100-$750 depending on preset duration of call and on/off peak call time.

Visit with Santa
Have a heart-to-heart with Santa without leaving your home. Share your secret wish list with him and the elves and have a keepsake video of the entire conversation. Reserve an appointment with Santa now. Up to 4-5 children are allowed at once.
Price: $25

As with all events, they are subject to last minute changes. Please always double check with the organization before attending.


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