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Where to See Santa in Westchester County This Holiday Season

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Photo courtesy Westchester Winter Wonderland

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

Children of Westchester County (and adults, and pets for that matter) can look forward to spending time with that jolly old soul himself this year, as Santa Claus returns to the 914 for a holiday season of meet-and-greets, photo ops, and spreading of Christmas cheer.

Last year, Dr. Anthony Fauci assured children across the nation that Santa is immune to COVID-19 — so with plenty of sanitizing and distancing precautions this year, you and your children can look forward to another year of bright smiles, treasured memories, and maybe even a few candy canes. Here’s where you can see Santa in Westchester this Christmas season.

Benjamin Steakhouse

610 Hartsdale Rd, White Plains; 914.428.6868

Santa is back at the beloved Westchester steakhouse for another year’s Santa Brunch on December 19 from noon until 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy their choice of appetizer, entrée, side, optional add-ons, and dessert all for $49.95 per adult and $24.95 per child, and the package even includes a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus to take home.

Cross County Center

Santa sets up shop at Yonkers’ Cross County Center daily from Friday, November 19 through Christmas Eve. (He does take off for Thanksgiving, though.)  Staff is either vaccinated or tested regularly, and masks are recommended for any unvaccinated guests, but can be removed for photo time. Pets, sadly, have to stay home this year. Reservations are not mandatory but are highly encouraged. Photo packages start at $39.99.

Jefferson Valley Mall

Santa is posting up by the food court daily this year, starting on November 27 straight through Christmas Eve. Walk-ins are welcome, but, as always, reservations are recommended. Photo packages also start at $39.99.

Lasdon Park & Arboretum

Santa will make his annual appearance at his cottage in Lasdon Park at the location’s annual Holiday on the Hill Train Show, featuring more than 5,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor model train exhibits. The show is open November 27 and 28, and then Thursday through Sunday until Christmas Eve, followed by December 28-31. Tickets start at $10 per child, $20 per adult, and $15 per senior, with free entry for children 2 and younger. Children 5 and up must wear facial coverings.

Light up Larchmont

Santa and Mrs. Claus will drop by for Larchmont’s holiday event on December 4, popping in by way of their magic snow globe to greet children and guests of all ages in Addison Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, Frozen characters Elsa and Olaf, and a tree lighting ceremony at dusk. Event is free.

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Photo by Malcolm Frouman; courtesy Light up Larchmont

Ridge Hill

Santa will also be at Yonker’s Ridge Hill (he can bilocate; he’s magic, duh) daily from November 26 through Christmas Eve on the corner of Market St and Archer Ave, just across from Apple (how convenient). Santa and all the elves are vaccinated and undergo daily temperature checks just in case, and will wear masks upon request. Guests are likewise asked to mask up until it’s photo time. Walk-ins are always welcome, though registered guests take priority. Registration required a $15 deposit to be applied towards the photo package of your choice (starting at $27.95).

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Stew Leonard’s

St. Nick is back in person at the local and regional grocer this year. Starting November 30 and running through December 23, Chris Kringle will welcome families with a complimentary socially distanced photo in the brand’s Yonkers location. Kids can also press a magical button that will make Santa’s giant toy brick castle come alive! For a drive-through experience, Santa will also be part of the Stew Leonard’s Holiday Mini-Drive Thru starting December 1, along with some friendly snowmen, cartoon characters, and plenty of twinkling lights.

The Westchester

The county’s namesake mall is already hosting St. Nick through Christmas Eve (minus Thanksgiving) and includes special dates on November 28 and December 5 for children with special needs. Is your child four-legged and furry? Pet photo hours will be 7-8 p.m. Sundays November 21, 28, and December 5. Photo package reservations start at $39.99.

Westchester Winter Wonderland

Up for a drive-by Santa sighting? Santa will be waving and greeting each car that swings through the Westchester Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Experience again 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. The experience is open daily from November 26 through January 2, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (Santa’s a little busy then!) Tickets are $25 off-peak/$35 peak per car, with proceeds benefiting the Westchester County Parks Foundation. Reservations are recommended to avoid a surcharge.

Santa Winter Wonderland

Courtesy Westchester Parks | Thompson & Bender

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