Top Places to See Santa on Long Island
Santa has the magical ability to be in several places at once and often for only a few hours. To help you pin St. Nick down, here is a selection of fun venues where he will appear on a regular basis throughout the holiday season. Do remember, though, that Santa sometimes has to take a break for milk and cookies, so build a little extra time into your schedule. And while some of the winter wonderlands are still open after Christmas, Santa always returns to the North Pole on December 24th. And for more fun this month, check out our Holiday Guide.
If you are looking for a full day of entertainment, the White Post Farms Petting Zoo or the Bayville Adventure Park Winter Wonderland and the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery will certainly fit the bill:
White Post Farms Animal Farm & Petting Zoo
250 Old Country Road, Melville
This farm is so full of activities for children it would be hard to do everything in just one visit. Santa and Fluffy the Snowman will visit every Saturday and Sunday through Christmas 10am-4pm, but the farm is open until 6pm, with last admission at 5pm. Admission is $12, and pictures with Santa and Fluffy are included, as well as the petting zoo, a giant free-flight aviary, a theatrical production of A Christmas Carol and unlimited time in the outdoor bouncy playground (bring warm socks!). Some activities are weather dependent so do call ahead. The park has a full refreshment stand, but guests are also welcome to bring food.
Bayville Adventure Park's Winter Wonderland
8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville
Come meet Santa at this beach side winter holiday park. Admission includes Santa, a fun house, train ride, skating, and a light show. The outdoor miniature golf and rope-bridge climbing areas are open weather permitting. The park is open Fridays 6pm-10pm, Saturdays 12pm-10pm and Sundays 12pm-9pm. The park is also open Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6pm-9pm from December 11th. Please note that Santa departs at 9pm. Tickets are $20 per person and includes:
- Santa's Toy Factory Funhouse
- Captain Bay's Yo Ho Holida Light Show
- Bayville Holiday Express Train Ride
- A Magical Meeting with Santa
- Arctic Ice Skating Adventure
- Bradley Bay's Rock Climbing
- Holiday Character Meet and Greet
- Holiday Arts and Crafts
- Holiday Story Telling
Pump it UP Great Neck
222 Community Drive, Great Neck
$19.95 per child
Saturdays, December 7, 14 and 21 from 9:15am-11:15am
Jolly Jump with Santa and Frosty includes jumping, bagels and photo time with Santa.
100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
Santa is visiting Hicks nursery from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm until December 23rd, when he must head home to get ready for his big night. This year he has also brought two of his reindeer. There is also a walk-through holiday story and a store with wonderful displays of holiday villages. The nursery, a family business since 1853, is collecting nonperishable food items to donate to the Long Island Cares food bank. It sells fresh-cut Christmas trees and holiday greenery. Check Hicks's website for coupons.
Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
20685 Main Road , Mattituck
Santa visits every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5 pm.
Dart's Christmas Tree Farm
2355 Main Bayview Road, Southold
Kids can sit on Santa's lap on Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-4pm.
St. James General Store
516 Moriches Road, St. James
Every year Santa visits the historic St. James General Store before Christmas to meet with children and hear their wishes. The General Store, built in 1857, is the oldest continuously operating general store in the country. Santa will be here every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas.
Roosevelt Field Mall
630 Old Country Road, Garden City
Hours vary, though Santa will be there every day, generally between the hours of 9am and 9:30pm. On Christmas Eve, the mall is open from 8am-6pm.
Walt Whitman Mall
160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
Santa should be around during mall hours, including Pet Night on December 15th from 8:30pm-10pm, when your furry friend can have its photo taken with Santa. Be sure to call for holiday hours.
Smith Haven Mall
313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
Santa will be on hand daily through Saturday, December 22nd from 9am-9:3pm, as well as Sundays from 9am-8pm and on Christmas Eve from 8am-6pm.
Wherever you find him, have a wonderful time. Ho! Ho! Ho! And happy Santa hunting.
Originally posted on December 18, 2012.