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! Make sure you check dates, times and weather before you head out.

November 11 – December 24

Santa @ The Commons
Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater
Santa will be available for photos. On select dates, Santa’s friends will join, including Elsa and Anna from Disney’s “Frozen, Disney Princesses Belle and Cinderella, and Buddy the Elf.

November 17 – December 24

Santa Photos
Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrenceville
Make a reservation in advance so you don’t miss a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Christmas.

November 24 – December 24

Christmas Underwater
Adventure Aquarium, Camden
You can interact and snap selfies with Scuba Santa, who will be diving daily in Ocean Realm among sea turtles, sharks and stingrays. In the spirit of Fishman, take a winter stroll through the new and improved Snowtunda, which will sprinkle snow-like flurries. Check out the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree, shining in the tank with the various sharks.

November 25 – December 23

Santa at iPlay America
iPlay America, Freehold Twp.
Santa will be on site every day, so say hello and take a pic when you come down to play in the arcade and indoor amusement park.

Select Dates, November 25 – December 23

Stories With Santa
Renault Winery, Egg Harbor City
Santa will read a classic Christmas story while kids snack on milk and cookies. Kids will also get a special prize from Santa which includes a Christmas coloring book and a pack of crayons. After the story is read, feel free to take pictures with Santa.

December 1

Downtown Somerville Holiday Jubilee
Downtown Somerville
Walk along Main Street and Division Street and listen to holiday music, go ice skating, meet characters from Disney’s “Frozen,” listen to carolers, snack on free hot cocoa and cookies, take a free carriage ride, and take photos with Santa.

Downtown for the Holidays
Broad Street and East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood
The streets will be filled with holiday spirit, as Santa strolls around town in his golf cart, Nutcrackers dance in store windows and a trackless train rolls by. Stick around for the tree lighting.

December 2

Santa Experience
Casino Pier Arcade, Seaside Heights
Santa will be hanging out in the arcade to take photos with the family.

Wassail Day
Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May
The paths will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays. Go into the buildings for live music, hot beverages, holiday treats and a history lesson. Don’t forget to pop into the Country Store to meet Father Christmas.

Santa Meet-and-Greet
Columbia Bank, Ridgewood
Santa and his elf will drive from the fire department to Columbia Bank’s branch for pictures with Santa, candy canes and other giveaways.

Brunch with Santa
The Shannon Rose, Ramsey
For an Irish take on Christmas, come for brunch, bagpipers, step dancers, cookie decorating, raffles, ornament making and photos with Santa. Part of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Come Visit Santa
Dolce & Clemente’s, Robbinsville
Find Santa among all of the Italian delicacies, and then do some holiday shopping for your meal.


December 2, 9, 16

Holiday Activities
Easton Farmers’ Market, Easton, PA
Take a photo with Santa and his adorable merry goats – Millie and Mimi from The Bubbly Goat – with the river as the backdrop. Dogs are welcome to be photographed but the goats cannot be part of that photo. The Galena Brass (aka “The Little Brass Band of the Lehigh Valley”) will be strolling the market. Crafters, makers and vendors will sell items for holiday gifts. The market offers locally grown produce and fresh herbs, pasture-raised meats and eggs, cheese, wine, artisan baked goods, honey, freshly roasted coffee and prepared foods.

December 3

Santa Cares
Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the mall will partner with The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute and Parents With a Plan and invite children and adults within all spectrums of special needs and their families to a sensory-friendly event to take a more relaxed and comfortable photo with Santa.

Lunch With Santa
Nunzio by Chef Michael DeLone, Collingswood
If you make a donation to the Food Bank of South Jersey or Toys for Tots of Camden County, the kids will eat free, and the adults will get a free glass of winter sangria. You can order off Nunzio’s regular menu, and then finish with hot cocoa and candy canes. Santa will be collecting the items and taking photos.

Breakfast With Santa
Renault Winery, Egg Harbor City
Santa Claus will bring his sleigh to the Champagne Ballroom for a festive breakfast. You can pay to have professional photos taken.

Sinterklaas Day
Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge
Aside from this being an old-fashioned Christmas, there will also be a Hanukkah presentation, showing how and why the menorah is list. Look for Sinterklaas so you can take a picture, and then visit the Blackhorse Inn for donuts, hot cider and other seasonal treats. You can make your own pinecone bird feeder and ornament.

AWA Pawliday Winter Wonderland 
509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees
Bring your pets to take photos with Santa and The Grinch. For the humans, there will be shopping, games, activities and food trucks.

Santa Spectacular Holiday Market
Under the 14th Street Viaduct, Hoboken
Take pet photos with Santa, shop for unique gifts from more than 70 vendors, and write and send letters to Santa.

Sensory Santa 
Upcycle Fitness, Collingswood
This will be a sensory-safe Santa experience for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Families can enjoy this holiday tradition in a calming, sensory-friendly environment – free of crowds, loud noises, and long waits.

December 3, 9-10, 17

Brunch With Santa
American Hotel, Freehold Borough
Brunch With Santa includes all the food you can eat and all the pictures you can take.

December 3, 9-10, 16-17

Brunch With Santa
Alstede Farms, Chester
Santa and his friends will be waiting for your family inside Harvest Hall, where he’ll be part of a casual family-style brunch ahead of Christmas.


December 6

Santa’s Luau
Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater
The North Pole meets the tropics at Santa’s Luau. Wear your best Hawaiian gear and join Santa for some fun. You’ll be helping those affected by the wildfires in Maui, as 100% of the proceeds of the day will be matched by Bridgewater Commons and donated to parent company Pacific Retail Capital Property’s (PRCP’s) drive to support the island.

December 7-10

Santa’s Christmas Wonderland
Harrah’s, Atlantic City
Santa and his merry helpers take you on a Christmas journey with nostalgic songs and the highest kicking chorus dancers this side of the North Pole.

December 9

Christmas At The Arcade
Casino Pier Arcade, Seaside Heights
This free kids’ event includes a magic show with Steve Woyce, a holiday concert with Yosi, and meet-and-greets with Santa and Holiday Mr. & Mrs. Mouse.

Breakfast With Santa
The Greene Turtle, North Brunswick
Take a picture with Santa and his friends (maybe even the Greene Turtle himself) during breakfast.

December 9-10

Flounder’s Annual Kringle Market
Flounder Brewing Company at Carriage Farm, Hillsborough
As you wander the market, listen to the sounds Flounder’s Brass Band playing nostalgic classics. Look out for Mr. & Mrs. Claus as they stroll through the market before heading to the brewhouse for free pictures. You can find fresh wreaths, garlands, and trees at Central Jersey Nurseries’ tree lot. Continue the Christmas joy after the market ends Saturday with the Vintage Vibe Tribe bringing their jazz Merry Little Holiday to the Barn.

December 9 and 17

Celebrate the Holiday Season
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Terhune Orchards turns into the North Pole with its special Winter Wonderland. Choose the perfect Christmas tree and wreath. Warm up by the bonfire with hot chocolate. S’mores kits and holiday cookie decorating kits will be available. Santa makes very special visits on December 9 and 17 and will take free pictures on his sleigh.

December 10

Brunch With Santa
MJ’s Restaurant, Bar & Grill, Matawan
The weekly Sunday brunch gets an upgrade because these weeks you’ll get to take pictures with Santa.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast With Santa
North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3, North Brunswick
Santa has been stopping by the firehouse for breakfast for more than 30 years.

December 14

Dinner with Santa
Chevys Tex Mex, Clifton
There will be a cookie decorating bar, plus you get a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

December 16

Brunch with Santa
Chevys Tex Mex, Linden
There will be cookie decorating, ornament decorating, a tattoo station and pictures with Santa. Bring a gift for the Linden Town toy drive.

Breakfast with Santa
Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Twp.
Join Central Jersey Newspapers for a jolly morning of eating, sharing  Christmas wishes and taking  photos with Santa.

Christmas With Company 1
North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, North Brunswick
Get your pictures taken with Santa. You can walk in, but only cash will be accepted.

December 17

Brunch With Santa
MJ’s Restaurant, Bar & Grill, Matawan
The weekly Sunday brunch gets an upgrade because these weeks you’ll get to take pictures with Santa.

Brunch With Santa
Carnegie Diner & Cafe Secaucus, Secaucus
Bring the whole family for a festive brunch so you can share your holiday wishes with Santa Claus.

December 23

The Polar Express
LeVoy Theatre, Millville
After you watch the movie about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, you can meet Santa and then have some cookies and hot chocolate.

Get the latest on the best things to do with your family in and around New Jersey by signing up for our newsletter and following us on Facebook and Instagram!

Read More:
Mom Crush: M.B. Paradise, Author of ‘Beach Santa’
How to Make a Santa Board