Pictures with Santa Claus on Long Island

Take some special photos with Santa on Long Island this Christmas. Photo via Canva
Take some special photos with Santa on Long Island this Christmas. Photo via Canva
11/26/23 - By Lisa Mancuso

Want to take pictures with Santa this holiday season? Check out our roundup of the best spots for your kids to pose for pictures with Santa on Long Island. 

Santa has the magical ability to be in several places at once, so we've rounded up 12 Long Island venues where old St. Nick is holding court regularly and posing for pictures this holiday season. It's time to get out your most festive Christmas sweater and plan a date to share your wish list and snap photos with Santa on Long Island.

For more seasonal adventures, check out our roundup of the top holiday and Christmas events in the region, and bookmark our Holiday Fun Guide for all the can't-miss seasonal happenings.


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1. Bayville Adventure Park's Winter Wonderland – Bayville

Daily through Monday, January 1, 2024
Admission to Bayville Winter Wonderland includes a visit to Santa's Toy Factory Fun House, the holiday express train ride, ice skating, skate rentals, and a holiday character meet-and-greet, but the Magical Santa Experience is an additional $17 charge and includes photos for a family of up to six people and a letter from Santa to send to your child before Christmas. 

2. The Christmas Village at the Milleridge Inn – Jericho

Weekends through Sunday, December 24, 2023
You can stroll through the charming Christmas Village and stop to see Santa in his workshop, where he’ll be waiting for visitors. A $195 fee gets your family a 20-minute photo session with 3 backdrops and Santa, digital prints, and a cookie from the bakery. On Monday, December 4, 2024 from 3pm-8pm, you can take your dog for a photo with Santa. Photos can be taken with your own phone. 

3. Christmas House Long Island – Westbury

Daily through Tuesday, January 2, 2024
This indoor experience dedicated to all things Christmas hosts St. Nick for photos. Your kids will love the immersive experience that provides backdrops for numerous Instagram-worthy family pics. 

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Pictures with Santa on Long Island: Hicks Nurseries
Bring the entire family for photos with Santa at Hicks Nurseries. Photo courtesy of the nursery

4. Pictures With Santa at Hicks Nurseries – Westbury

Daily through Saturday, December 23, 2023
Visiting Hicks Nurseries at Christmas has been a family tradition for generations. Santa holds court daily for free photos. While you are there, check out the animated story and mail a letter to the North Pole. If you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope and mail it before Tuesday, December 19, 2023 you'll get a reply. 

5. Photos With Santa at Roosevelt Field Mall – Garden City

Daily through Sunday, December 24, 2023
Santa holds court on the lower level of the mall.  Advance registration is recommended. While a visit with Santa is FREE, you'll have to pay for photos. For quick access, park your car in the purple parking deck and enter near Dick's Sporting Goods. Pet photos with Santa are on Sunday, November 26, 2023 and Sunday, December 17, 2023.

6. Broadway Commons – Hicksville

Daily through Sunday, December 24, 2023
No reservations are required to have your photos taken with Santa at Broadway Commons. There's no sitting fee but you do need to pay for the photos. If you visit during the week, take advantage of theme days like Magic Mondays where you receive special glasses, or Falalala Fridays, which feature live music. 

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7. Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm LI – Cutchogue

Select dates through Friday, December 22, 2023
After you cut down your Christmas tree at this aptly-named farm, you can take your pictures with Santa for FREE. He’ll be sitting in a bright red pickup truck, and kids—and pets—can stand beside the truck for the perfect holiday photo. There’s also an ice skating rink, s’mores by the fire, and much more. Check the farm's Facebook page for dates. 

8. Photos With Santa at Smith Haven Mall – Lake Grove

Select dates through Sunday, December 24, 2023
Santa is seated at the center court for photos most days this holiday season. Advance registration is recommended. While seeing Santa is FREE, you must pay for pictures with Santa. 

9. Santa Nights at The Fifth Street Christmas Lights – Lake Ronkonkoma

See one of our favorite local light displays and enjoy a Santa encounter. St. Nick sits under a large, open, decorated carport lit by more than 5,000 LED lights. Guests can talk to Santa and take photos. The event is FREE, but donations to Mended Little Hearts of Long Island are appreciated. Dates are being confirmed so check its Facebook page for the latest updates. 

10. Waterdrinker Family Farm – Manorville

Wednesdays through Sundays through Sunday, December 24, 2023
This farm has tons of seasonal fun during its Winter Wonderland event, including photos with Santa. You can cut down your own tree, stroll through the vintage Airstream Christmas Village, shop at the gift shop and greenhouse, enjoy hot cocoa and s’mores, and much more. Check the website for visiting days and times with Santa. 

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ChristmasLand in Deer Park offers amazing Christmas-themed rooms for perfect pictures. Photo by Gina Massaro

11. ChristmasLand - Deer Park

Located at the Deer Park Tanger Outlets, transport your family to a Christmas Wonderland. This is an amazing spot for do-it-yourself holiday pictures. Rooms include elf school, a candy cane forest, gingerbread village, reindeer barn and more. There is a small cafe, gift shop and interactive holiday games. Plus, there is a place to write your letter to Santa and put it in his mailbox.

12. Walt Whitman Shops – Huntington Station

Visitors to Walt Whitman Shops can make their appointment to see Santa online. While seeing Santa is FREE, you must pay for pictures with Santa. Dates are being confirmed so check its website for the latest updates. 

This post has been updated for 2023.

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