He sees you when you’re sleeping, and now you can see him, too, as Santa and Mrs. Claus make their rounds across NJ before they head back to the North Pole to pick up the reindeer and gifts for Christmas Eve!


November 5 – December 24

Santa’s Arrival PJ Party
PREIT’s Cherry Hill Mall is welcoming Santa with a PJ party for the whole family. Wear your favorite holiday PJs and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities with Santa including cookie and hot chocolate stations, crafts, games, special performances and character visits. Photos will be available with Santa from Nov. 5 through Dec. 24.

Tuesdays, November 15 – December 13

Holiday PJ Palooza
Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Twp.
Santa will be the star of the show, but there will also be guest appearances by other costumed characters each week.

November 17 – December 24

Santa Photos
Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Twp.
Reserve a time in advance for a chance to meet Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick!


November 18

Big Santa Lighting and Spectacular Drone Show
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
A choreographed 160 drone show lighting up the sky – and set to holiday music by 106.7 Lite FM – will be accompanied by the unveiling of the Big Santa. The festivities also include musical performances, food trucks, giveaways and surprise visits from holiday favorites such as The Grinch and the real Santa Claus, who will arrive in a fire truck escorted by the Paramus High School Marching Band. They’ll be plenty of fun for kids inside the mall after the show, including arts and crafts projects.

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting
Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Twp.
Welcome Santa as he lights a 24-foot feature tree at the Main Entrance by The Cheesecake Factory. There will be crafts, characters, treats and more. After the tree lighting, Santa will take his place in his holiday home for the season.

November 18 – December 23, Select Dates

Skate With Santa
The Rink, American Dream, East Rutherford
Lace up your skates and glide onto the rink with Santa and his helpers. You should make sure you wear your ugliest sweater!
SIMON PROPERTY GROUP / The Shops at Riverside
November 18 – December 24
Santa Photos
The Shops at Riverside, Hackensack or Newport Centre, Jersey City
Reserve a time in advance for a chance to meet The Big Guy!

Tuesdays, November 22 – December 13

Pajama Days with Santa
Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Twp.
Gather your crew for a picture with Santa in your best holiday jammies.

Daily, beginning November 25

Nick the Halls
Nickelodeon Universe, American Dream, East Rutherford
Santa SpongeBob will greet families and bring holiday cheer. Be sure to stop by the Elf Workshop for holiday magic where elves can help you write a letter to Santa, decorate ornaments and create festive crafts.
Shrek the Halls
DreamWorks Water Park, American Dream, East Rutherford
Get on Santa Shrek’s nice list and take photos with everyone’s favorite ogre.

November 25

Santa Lights Up Dune Drive
Dune Drive from 80th Street to 7th Street, Avalon
Santa returns for a very special appearance this year! He and many of his special friends will pass by during this festive holiday parade. Santa will then help borough officials officially light up the annual holiday display for the season.

Photos With Santa
Morley’s Magic Theater, Butler
While the kids wait for their turn to meet Santa, they can color, see a magic show and play with a pre-made balloon animal.

A Very Merry Grinchmas
MarketFair, Princeton
There will be live brass musicians, storytime with Mrs. Claus, balloon sculpting, face painting, arts and crafts, fun and games with The Grinch, and a preview of “The Nutcracker” by the Princeton Youth Ballet.

November 27

Santa’s Arrival
iPlay America, Freehold Twp.
Santa arrives today for fun and games, and then returns from the North Pole for meet-and-greets on Sundays in December.

Sundays, November 27 – December 11

Pet Photos With Santa
MarketFair, Princeton
Sundays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 11
Bring your furry or not-so-furry (but domesticated) animal pet to take photos with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick.

Sundays, November 27 – December 18

Meet Santa
iPlay America, Freehold Twp.
Tell Santa your wish list, then run toward the arcade or boardwalk-style rides for a full day of fun.

December 2 – 4

Weihnachtsmarkt German Christmas Market
Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta
Friday – Sunday
Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa’s Courtyard. Chat with local author, Sue Steinhardt and her dog, Phil. Follow the Candy Cane walkway to the petting zoo and pony rides. Take a family horse-drawn wagon ride. Inside the Greenhouse will be the Mt. Pocono Train Exhibit, Sussex County Flower Show and Sussex County Schools Decorated Trees. Expect hundreds of food vendors and crafters. There will be local singers and dancers performing throughout the weekend.

December 2

Holiday Jubilee
Downtown Somerville
Santa is on his way to the Downtown Somerville Holiday Jubilee! While you wait for The Big Guy’s arrival, go ice skating, listen to carolers, meet other costumed characters, take a free carriage ride and grab some hot cocoa and cookies.


Fridays – Sundays, Dec. 2 – 23

North Pole Express
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
Gather at Laurita Central and take a train ride down Candy Cane Lane. Your destination is a magical North Pole portal that will transport you to Santa’s Reindeer Barn. Have a special visit with Santa and receive a magical gift that will help guide Rudolph to your house. Upon return, you can visit the winery’s Christmas Cookie Bar, enjoy sights and sounds of the holiday season, and enjoy plenty of Christmas cheer.

December 3

Santa Paws Photos with Santa
The Prince and the Pawper, Manalapan
During this fundraiser for Rescue Ridge, your pets can take pictures with Santa.

Santa Quest
Rancocas Nature Center, Westhampton
Santa is coming to town – but no one know where! Join the hunt to find Santa’s whereabouts. When you find him, take a picture to prove you met him!

Jumping With Santa
Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Hamilton
Have a hopping good time with Santa Claus! Book a one-hour session on the trampoline, eat breakfast and take pictures with Kris Kringle.

Pancakes With Santa
Colts Neck General Store and Deli, Colts Neck
Sit down for pancakes with hot chocolate or milk and then write your letter to Santa. The Big Guy will stop by, too!


Holiday Open House
Downtown West Orange
There will be a full day of holiday magic for everyone to enjoy! Start with a Character Breakfast and photos with Santa, head to the historic downtown for trolley tours, and then stay for the Christmas tree lighting in the evening.

Santa & Mrs. Claus Meet-and-Greet
618 Restaurant, Freehold
No reservations are needed to meet the popular Christmas duo and take photos while listening to the Christmas Carolers. If you bring a gift for Toys for Tots you’ll receive a gift card for a return visit to the restaurant.
Holiday Bazaar
The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, Rahway
Outside, have a chance to win gift baskets containing gift certificates, each valued at $50 or more, and then you can check out a collection of holiday décor and gifts available to purchase. Inside, the museum will be decorated and open for self-guided tours. And remember to bring the children (and children at heart) to visit with Santa Claus!
December 3 – 4
Holiday Party & Pictures With Santa
SAGE Eldercare, Summit
While waiting to sit on the Big Guy’s lap, enjoy refreshments, participate in fun craft activities and receive gift giveaways. There will also be an LOL Dollhouse raffle!

Saturdays, Dec. 3 – 17

Saturdays With Santa
Main Street, Flemington
Santa will be set up in a holiday setting that allows for social distancing if needed.
December 3 – 18, Saturdays and Sundays
Brunch with Santa
Alstede Farms, Chester
The atmosphere inside Harvest Hall will be festive, with featured guest Santa and his helpers coming around the room for pictures while your family enjoys a casual family-style buffet meal.
Winter Wonderland & Marketplace
Papaianni Park, Edison
As part of a huge winter event, meet Santa at various times on the weekends. Also, enjoy a tree lighting, menorah lighting, ice skating, gingerbread house contest, sweater costume and pet costume contest on certain days.
December 4

Caring Santa
Menlo Park Mall, Edison and Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Twp.
Kids with special needs can have their own time with Santa to tell him what they want for Christmas and to take photos.

Breakfast with Santa
Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune
Indulge in a full breakfast buffet while you wait for Santa’s arrival. Kids will get a free gift, too.

Winter Festival
Downtown Metuchen
Activities include a tree lighting,  holiday music, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate, cookies and more. There are Santa-Con festivities planned throughout the month as well.

Brunch With Santa
The Shannon Rose, Clifton and Ramsey
From 11 am -1 pm, families can enjoy a selection of activities including face painting, ornament making, cookie decorating, bagpipers, step dancers, pictures with Santa and raffle basket prizes. They will be fundraising for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, with 10% of brunch sales and 100% of fundraising sales to be donated. They will also have a toy drive where guests can donate a new kid’s toy for one free raffle basket entry.


Sinterklaas Day
Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge
Inside the Demarest House you can visit with Sinterklaas and take a photo. In the Campbell-Christie House, BCHS volunteer Ariel Woll will demonstrate how the menorah is lit and will explain the history, traditions and customs of Hanukkah. Don’t miss the Jersey Dutch out-kitchen where interpreters will be cooking Dutch stroop wafers, Dutch puff pancakes, sugared almonds, candied fruit peels and other Dutch holiday goodies. Activities for families include pinecone bird feeder and ornament making throughout the afternoon.

Snacks with Santa
Dave & Buster’s, Willowbrook Mall, Wayne
Santa is coming down from the North Pole for the first-ever Holiday Game Blow Out Party at Dave & Busters in Willowbrook. There will be photos, games, snacks and more.

Brunch With Santa
American Hotel, Freehold
The American Hotel is known for its Sunday brunches, and Brunch with Santa is no exception. Make your reservations in advance.

Breakfast With Santa
Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Princeton
You must make a reservation to attend this all-American buffet where Santa will visit with everyone.

December 9 – 11

Santa’s Christmas Wonderland
Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City
Thursday – Sunday
Start the holiday season in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable Christmas journey. You’ll be singing and dancing in your seat as you watch the performers and high-kicking chorus line.

December 10

Santa Paws Photos with Santa
The Prince and the Pawper, Ocean Twp.
During this fundraiser for Rescue Ridge, your pets can take pictures with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa
Sweet Lew’s Cafe, Freehold Borough
Have breakfast with Santa while you order Lew’s classics like omelets, pancakes and waffles.

Iacoviello Wonderland
Sandpiper Drive, Manalapan
Jingle, mingle & twinkle during this second annual holiday season winter wonderland. Experience the lights and music, plus bring your letters for Santa because he’ll be making a special visit!

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast With Santa
North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3, North Brunswick
Watch as Santa comes to the firehouse off the fire truck and then take pictures while you eat breakfast with your family.

Breakfast With Santa
Select Applebee’s locations
Doherty-owned Applebee’s throughout NJ will host breakfast with Santa from 8:30 – 10 am. Tickets are $10 and will include photos with Santa, breakfast, raffles, goodies and more. 100% of sales will be donated to Toys for Tots. Tickets can be purchased at your local Doherty-owned Applebee’s.

December 11

Lights & Carols for a Claus
Heather Drive, Manalapan
CentraState Healthcare Foundation’s board holds a family-favorite event each year with The Rock N Roll Chorus. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy Dunkin’ coffee and hot cocoa and listen to live musical performances. Kids will receive candy canes and gifts.

Snow Fest 2022
Historic Wicoff House Museum, Plainsboro
Kids activities include activity booklets, a new museum Scavenger Hunt, s’mores, snow cones under the falling snow (from a snow machine), wintery themed books read by a librarian and a museum light show. Santa, The Grinch and Olaf will visit, too! Drink hot chocolate and make crafts with members of the Plainsboro police and fire departments and the Plainsboro Rescue Squad.

Breakfast With Santa
St. Bartholomew Church, East Brunswick
Bring the whole family for a breakfast buffet with the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself.

Brunch With Santa
Knob Hill Country Club, Manalapan
Enjoy a brunch menu with everything from eggs and bacon to the Feast of the Seven Fishes! Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa.

SIMON PROPERTY GROUP / Pet photos with Santa

Pet Photos with Santa
Menlo Park Mall, Edison, Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Twp. or Newport Centre, Jersey City
Bring lots of treats for this pet-friendly Santa experience that all of your favorite furry friends can enjoy!

Brunch With Santa
American Hotel, Freehold
The American Hotel is known for its Sunday brunches, and Brunch with Santa is no exception. Make your reservations in advance.

Breakfast With Santa
Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Princeton
You must make a reservation to attend this all-American buffet where Santa will visit with everyone.

Brunch With Santa & Mrs. Claus
Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center, Carteret
Sing along with the Carteret High School Varsity Choir during this light brunch and photo op session with Santa and the Mrs.!

December 17

Breakfast With Santa
Forsgate Country Club, Monroe
Join Central Jersey Newspapers for Breakfast with Santa. Tickets include breakfast, photo ops with Santa and friends, arts and crafts, and more.

Santa Trail
Community Park, North Brunswick
All aboard the Santa Trail! There will be special character sightings along the way. Don’t forget your letters to Santa.

Santa Train
Jamesburg, Tennent, Manalapan
Santa has to head back to the North Pole in time for Christmas, so catch him along the railway in his big red caboose. He’ll be making four stops to meet with kids to check over his Nice List.

December 17 – 18

Holiday Fest
Lambertville Station Inn & Restaurant, Lambertville
Saturday – Sunday
Along the banks of the Delaware River, indulge in seasonal food and drinks, browse tables of local specialty vendors, be entertained by local school choirs, and visit with Santa.

December 18

Brunch With Santa
American Hotel, Freehold
The American Hotel is known for its Sunday brunches, and Brunch with Santa is no exception. Make your reservations in advance.

Breakfast With Santa
Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Princeton
You must make a reservation to attend this all-American buffet where Santa will visit with everyone.

Breakfast With Santa
St. Gabriel’s Church, Marlboro
Choose from different family bundles that include a buffet breakfast, photo ops and gift auction tickets.

Family Fun Sundays
Casino Pier, Seaside Heights
While the adults cheer on their favorite football team, the kids can get their face painted and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for a photo op.

Santa at Stangl Factory
Stangl Factory, Flemington
Santa will be set up in a holiday setting that allows for social distancing if needed.

December 19

Dinner With Santa
Chevy’s, Clifton and Linden
Doherty owned Chevy’s in Clifton and Linden will be hosting Dinner with Santa from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Kids eat free. There will be a cookie decorating bar with an array of toppings. Kids will also have their picture taken with Santa!

December 23

Dinner With Santa
Ce La Vi, Red Bank
Choose one of three seatings where your family can have a late lunch or early dinner and see Santa before the big day!

December 24

Christmas Eve Caroling Around the Square
Palmer Square, Princeton
Gather on the Palmer Square Green to sing holiday songs. The Christmas Eve Brass Band will lead the festivities, and attendees can expect a special visit from Santa after caroling.

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