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Where to See Santa in Westchester County This Holiday Season

Photo courtesy Westchester Winter Wonderland

Santa Claus brings holiday joy to the children all across Westchester County. Here’s where to find him and his little helpers.

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.

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 18 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The restaurant will serve prix fixe menus for $59.95 per adult and $29.95 per child. The package even includes a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus to take home. Make your reservations here.


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Cross County Center

Santa sets up shop at Yonkers’ Cross County Center daily from Friday, November 17 through Christmas Eve. 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 23 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 opened on November 26 and will be open on Thursdays and Sundays until Christmas Eve and on December 28-31. Tickets start at $10 per child, $20 per adult, and $15 per senior, with free entry for children two and younger.

Sleighbells on the Avenues

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. The event is free.

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Photo by Malcolm Frouman; courtesy Light up Larchmont

Ridge Hill

Santa will also be at Yonkers’ Ridge Hill (he can bilocate; he’s magic, duh) daily from November 21 through Christmas Eve in suite 1120, right next to Starbucks (how convenient). Walk-ins are always welcome, though registered guests take priority. The venue recommends stopping by early in the day or right after Santa’s break if you don’t have a registration. Guests will pay a $25 deposit when booking that will go toward the purchase of a photo package, which starts at $9.95.


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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, Mr. Kringle will welcome families with a complimentary 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 be part of the Stew Leonard’s Holiday Mini-Drive Thru starting December 1, along with friendly snowmen, cartoon characters, and plenty of twinkling lights.


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The Westchester

The county’s namesake mall is already hosting St. Nick through Christmas Eve and includes special dates on December 4 for children with special needs. Is your child four-legged and furry? Pet photo hours will be on December 11 from 7-8 p.m. Photo package reservations start at $39.99.


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Westchester Winter Wonderland

Up for a drive-by Santa sighting? Santa will be waving and greeting cars 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 25 through January 1, 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.

Santa Winter Wonderland

Courtesy Westchester Parks | Thompson & Bender

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