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Where to Meet Santa in Westchester Safely This Year

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Courtesy Westchester Winter Wonderland

St. Nick brings holiday joy to the children of Westchester County through social distancing, virtual visits, and a little elven magic.

If there were ever a year that could use a little holiday cheer, 2020 would be high on the list. Luckily, Santa Claus is an essential worker — and Dr. Anthony Fauci has assured children across the nation that the Santa is immune to COVID-19 — so with a plenty of sanitizing and distancing precautions, your child can still get in contact with the jolly old elf this Christmas season.

Kids take note: Santa himself is immune, but he and his elves still wear masks to protect others! (That’s how you stay on the nice list, after all.)

Baked in Color

Just opened this year, Baked in Color offers sweet treats in a variety of swirling pigments and, for the holidays, has worked it out with a certain North Pole resident to make local deliveries in the brand’s new delivery car. Locals can book a 15 minute session online for a convenient date and time, which includes a socially distant meeting with Santa (who will remain behind the wheel for safety’s sake), DIY photo time, and a stocking stuffed with delicious goodies from Baked in Color.

 

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Cross County Center

Santa sets up shop at Yonkers’ Cross County Center daily from Friday, December 4 through Christmas Eve. Masks, sanitizing, and social distancing practices are required of all guests and staff. Pets, sadly, have to stay home this year. Reservations are not mandatory but are highly encouraged. Photo packages are also available, starting at $39.99.

Jefferson Valley Mall

The northern Westchester community center and mall offers two ways to engage with Kris Kringle this year. Guests can grab a photo with Santa as per usual (no lap-sitting, though; safety first!) with a recommended reservation through Christmas Eve and packages starting at $39.99. If you’re not comfortable visiting in person this year, the Jefferson Valley Mall is also offering a brand-new Virtual Santa Experience.

Pete’s Saloon

Hey, even Santa needs to fuel up before a full day of list-checking. On Saturday, December 5 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.,Westchesterites can reserve a spot to Brunch with Santa — socially distanced, of course — in Elmsford and hand in Christmas lists before Santa heads back to work. Reservations can be made online or by calling Pete’s Saloon at 914.592.2372.

Ridge Hill

Santa has also already set up shop in Yonker’s Ridge Hill (he can bilocate; he’s magic) and is available daily through Christmas Eve for socially distant meets and photo sessions starting at $39.99. Copious health protocols are again in place to protect guests and the reindeer (you don’t want Rudolf getting the sniffles on Christmas Eve!) and reservations are highly recommended.

 

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Stew Leonard’s

The local and regional grocer is going fully virtual this year, utilizing some straight-from-the-North-Pole tech to create the ultimate holiday selfie-station. Guests can take photos on Santa’s lap, exploring the frigid north, working alongside elves, performing with Stew’s Far Fresh Five (in festive hats, of course), and even in front of a festive menorah. Best of all, the booth, digital photo delivery, and some hand sanitizer are all on the house.

 

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The Westchester

The county’s namesake mall is hosting St. Nick for “Lights, Camera, Santa!” through Christmas Eve, open daily (except for Monday, December 7). Masks and distancing are mandatory, and reservations are strongly encouraged.

Westchester Winter Wonderland

Up for a drive-by Santa sighting? Santa will also be waving and greeting each car that swings through the Westchester Winter Wonderland drive-through experience this year. The Wonderland is filled with more than a mile of lit displays, happy characters, and a specially tuned FM broadcast of festive music. Tickets are $25 per car, and the experience is open now through January 3 except for December 7, 14, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. (Santa’s a little busy then!)