Santa in Queens

It just isn’t Christmas without that annual picture of your kids sitting on Santa’s lap. Luckily, Santa will be making quite a few stops in Queens to pose with kids and pets alike this holiday season. Here is a list of spots in Queens you can catch up with Old Saint Nick.

Queens Center

Visit with Santa on Level 3 of the JC Penny wing for pictures and a free gift. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 11AM–8PM and Sunday from 12PM–7PM. On Sunday, December 11th, your pets can meet Santa too, from 7:30PM – 9:30PM. Christmas Eve hours are 11AM–5PM. Santa takes a break Monday – Saturday1PM–2PM & 5:15PM–6PM, and Sunday 2PM–3PM. Christmas Eve his break is from 1PM–2PM.

The Shops at Atlas Park

Atlas Park is one of those places where you look around and honestly forget you’re in New York, the perfect setting to meet Kris Kringle. Visit Santa at the Regal Cinema Building for Photos and a free gift (while supplies last.)

New York Irish Center

Santa will be making an appearance at the New York Irish Center’s Christmas Party Family Event on Sunday, December 11th from 12pm – 3pm. Tickets are $10 per family in advance or $12 per family day of. Enjoy holiday treats and cheer, a special book reading, arts and crafts, pin the nose on Frosty the Snowman, face painting and so much more.

City Ice Pavillion

Sitting with Santa, posing for pictures, and reading off your Christmas wish list not exciting enough? Well how about skating with Santa? Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-1:15pm, now through January 1st, you and your family can do just that.  Never skated before?  Sign up in the office to take a FREE 15-minute class! How cool is that?

Myrtle Avenue BID, Ridgewood

Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa, Rudolph & the elves on Sunday December 11th from 12-2 p.m. at Venditti Square – Myrtle & St. Nicholas Avenues. There will be free Candy Canes, too!

Photo with Santa at Vetro Restaurant and Lounge

On Sunday December 11th and 18th, head over to Vetro Restaurant and Lounge by Russo’s on the Bay at 164-49 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach for free pictures with Santa from 12pm – 2pm.

Steinway Astoria Partnership

Visit with Santa on Steinway Street in Astoria, and get some shopping done at the same time. Santa will be there Sunday December 11th and 18th from 12pm – 4pm. Take pictures and get a free gift. Santa will be at 28-17 Steinway Street.

Breakfast With Santa

Take the little ones to have breakfast with Santa. Tickets are required, and can be purchased at Brown’s Hardware and Blue Bungalow on B. 116 St. The breakfast will be held at Knights of Columbus Hall in Rockaway at 330 Beach 90 Street.

Pictures with Santa at Sunnyside Shines

Have your picture taken with Santa Claus for free! There’s also a toy train exhibit, candy and more! Santa will be at 45-56 43rd Street in Sunnyside from 12pm – 6pm on December 11th, 17th & 18th.

Brunch with Santa

Even Santa gets hungry. Have brunch with Santa at Bourbon Street – 40-12 Bell Blvd. in Bayside on Sunday, December 11th at 11:30pm. Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult brunch. As an added bonus, Santa will be arriving on a FDNY fire truck. Reservations are required – call 718-224-2200

Santa Visits Fairway in Douglaston

With a $10 purchase at Fairway, your kids can pose for pictures with Santa for free. Otherwise, the pictures will cost you $5. He will be there both Saturday and Sunday, December 10th & 11th from 11am – 3pm.

Havana’s Express Cafe in Astoria

Santa will also be making a stop at Havana’s Cafe in Astoria December 10th and 17th from 11am – 3pm. The cafe is located at 21 – 37 31st Street, between Ditmars Blvd.  and 21st Ave.

Brunch With Santa at Water’s Edge

The Water’s Edge is hosting an elaborate brunch on Sunday, December 18th, complete with a wide array of food courses, a DJ, kids games and pictures with Santa. Cost is $50 for adults and $35 for kids. There is an added 20% surcharge and 8.875% tax on top of the ticket price. Reservations are required, and there will be two seatings: from 11am – 1:30pm, and from 1:30pm – 4pm.

Santa Visits Petunia Boutique

Get a professional photo taken as well as a free gift for the kids.
Petunia will also be having a “special treat” for the parents in the form of a three hour sale in honor of Santa’s appearance-just in time to stock up on gift for under the tree or for that special outfit for Christmas Day! He’ll be there on Friday, December 16th from 4pm – 6:30pm.


Jesseca Stenson