Santa greets visitors at Holiday on Huguenot Street in New Paltz. Courtesy of the event
Santa greets visitors at Holiday on Huguenot Street in New Paltz. Courtesy of the event

25+ Awesome Santa Activities for Kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

For those who celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is hardly complete without a trip to visit Santa—so we've rounded up more than 25 Santa activities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. From traditional mall photo ops to meals with Santa, train rides with Santa, painting with Santa—even skydiving Santa—we've got the goods on where to see the man with the bag. Incredibly, most of these events are FREE.

As a reminder, any event that requires or recommends advance reservations (especially if it's FREE!) should be pounced on, as these often sell out weeks in advance. Some might be gone by the time you finish reading this sentence.

But there's more! Also refer to our list of Santa breakfaststree lightings, and other holiday activities for even more opportunities for Santa encounters. And to optimize the season, check out our Must-Do Holiday Experiences for Westchester Kids and where to see performances of The Nutcracker and other holiday shows. Our Event Calendar is also loaded with events—many of which are FREE—and more are being added daily!

Beyond the events below, keep in mind that all the area malls have ongoing Santa ops, including the Cross County Shopping CenterRidge HillThe Westchester, the Jefferson Valley Mall, the Poughkeepsie Galleria, and the Palisades Mall, to name a few.

Ridge Hill
43 Market Street
Yonkers, NY 10710

Kensico Dam Plaza
1 Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Court Street
White Plains, NY 10601

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
29 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701

Village of Tuckahoe
Depot Square
Tuckahoe, NY 10707

Dave & Buster's
881 Pelham Parkway
Pelham Manor, NY 10803

A.F. Veteran Park
11 Olympic Lane Multipurpose Building
Ardsley, NY 10502

Lasdon Park Arboretum and Veterans Memorial
Route 35
Somers, NY 10589

Olivia's Cafe
643 McLean Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10705

Westchester Broadway Theatre
One Broadway Plaza
Elmsford, NY 10523

Joseph G. Caputo Community Center
95 Broadway
Ossining, NY 10562

Stew Leonard's
1 Stew Leonard Drive
Yonkers, NY 10710

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
149 Girdle Ridge Road
Katonah, NY 10536

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
7-27 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708

New Rochelle Christmas House
155 Vaneck Drive
New Rochelle, NY 10804

Westbrook Lane Station (at the Kingston Plaza shopping center)
149 Aaron Court
Kingston, NY 12401

Hurds Family Farm
2187 NY-32
Modena, NY 12548

Kevin McCurdy's Holiday Spirit Festival
38 Sheafe Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Palisades Center - Color Me Mine
1000 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, NY 10994

Historic Huguenot Street
81 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY 12561

Veterans Memorial Park
Main Street and Cedar Street
Nyack, NY 10960

Downtown Pleasant Valley
Main Street
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

Hill-Hold Museum
128 Route 416
Campbell Hall, NY 10916

Poughkeepsie Galleria
2001 South Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Palisades Center
1000 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, NY 10994
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