Looking for local places to meet Santa? St. Nick will be making appearances all over the Hudson Valley this month. Here are a number of fun ways to spend some quality time with the jolly old guy, as well as locations to have the kids pose for a keepsake photo with him.
Weekends through Dec. 30: Meet Santa at "A Frosty Fest" in Ulster Park
Experience a winter wonderland of amusements such as a hayride through Frosty's Enchanted Forest, a stroll along Candy Cane Lane and character appearances by Frosty, the Gingerbread Man and of course, Santa himself. The event will feature treats, live performances and photos with Santa.
When: 6-8 p.m. Fridays, 4:30-8 p.m. Saturdays and 4:30-7 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30
Info: Headless Horseman Hayrides, 778 Broadway, Ulster Park; 845-339-2666; www.afrostyfest.com; $10 for adults, $8 for children
Ongoing: Have your picture taken with Santa at area malls
Strike a pose and have a photo taken with Santa at any the following Hudson Valley malls, now through Christmas Eve.
Cross County Shopping Center: Kids can have their photo taken with Santa in front of the Gap from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Info: 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers; 914-968-9570.
The Galleria at Crystal Run: Photos in front of JC Penney from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Info: 1 Galleria Dr., Middletown; 845-692-8883.
Hudson Valley Mall: Photos in the central court from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Info: 1300 Ulster Ave,. Kingston; 845-336-8000.
The Jefferson Valley Mall: Photos in the lower level center court from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Info: 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights; 914-245-4688.
Newburgh Mall: Photos in the center court from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Info: 1401 Route 300, Newburgh; 845-564-1400.
Palisades Center: Photos in front of H&M from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Info: 1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-348-1000.
Poughkeepsie Plaza: Photos between ArtCraft Camera and the snack bar from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-close Sunday. Info: 2600 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; 845-471-4265.
The Westchester: Photos in front of Nordstrom from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Info: 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains; 914-421-1333.
Westchester's Ridge Hill: Santa will be roaming the mall and posing for Polaroid snapshots on Saturdays and Sundays (or you can bring your own camera) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Town Square, 1-3 p.m. at Showcase Cinema and 3:30-5 p.m. at the central court. Info: One Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers; 914-207-2900.
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets: Santa will be roaming the mall and posing for photos (bring your own camera) from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Info: 498 Red Apple Ct., Central Valley; 845-928-4000.