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Where to see Santa on Long Island

Visit Santa at Dees' Nursery in Oceanside every

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus landed his sleigh on Long Island and is ready to meet and greet kids, hear their wish lists and find out if they've been naughty or nice. Old St. Nick will be making appearances all over L.I. throughout the holiday season. Here, a guide to some of the many places to see Santa -- so pack up your family and head out for a fun-filled, festive day!
-- Compiled by Jennifer Berger

  • Visit Santa at Atlantic Nursery in Freeport on

    Atlantic Nursery 250 Atlantic Ave. Freeport Santa arrives on Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 22-23 from 12-4 p.m.. Dec. 1-2 from 12-4 p.m. bring your pets for their annual photo with Santa and participate in a benefit for Bobbi and the Strays animal shelter. Bring your camera for pictures or snap a shot in one of their displays; no fees.

  • Bayville Adventure Park turns into Bayville Winter Wonderland

    Bayville Adventure Park 8 Bayville Ave. Bayville Bayville Adventure Park is transformed into the Winter Wonderland Holiday Park from Nov. 29 through Jan. 5. Kids can meet Santa on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 9 p.m. and select Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors can enjoy attractions like Santa's Toy Factory Funhouse and Maze, a holiday light show, an express train ride, ice skating and more. Check website for full schedule and photo charge.

  • Kids can visit Santa at the Broadway Mall

    Broadway Mall Route 106/107 Hicksville Check out Santa at the Broadway Mall in the IKEA wing daily from Nov. 22 through Dec. 24. Every Tuesday night through Dec. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. is Paws and Claus Night, where you can take your pets to get pictures with Santa too! Call for photo pricing.

  • Visit Santa at Dees' Nursery in Oceanside every

    Dees' Nursery & Florist Shopping, Florists 69 Atlantic Ave. Oceanside The Dees' Pictures With Santa occurs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Thanksgiving weekend and running through Christmas.

  • The front of Green Acres Mall in Valley

    Green Acres Mall 2034 Green Acres Mall Valley Stream Santa will be at the Green Acres Mall (Kohl's wing) daily starting Nov. 16 through Dec. 24. Kids can meet him from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Hours run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

  • Santa and his reindeer arrive Nov. 25, 2011

    Hicks Nurseries 100 Jericho Tpke. Westbury Santa and his reindeer will be at Hicks from Nov. 29 to Dec. 23. His hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Your kids can also mail their letter to Santa in the North Pole Mailbox and Santa will answer it (must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope), which will take place Nov. 9 through Dec. 18. The animated Christmas story "A Sweet Family Christmas" is open for free from Nov. 9 to Dec. 24.

  • Santa will be at the Old Westbury Gardens

    Old Westbury Gardens 71 Old Westbury Rd. Old Westbury The Holiday Celebration takes place Dec. 7-8, 13-15 and 20-22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children can say "hello" to Santa after exploring the beautifully decorated house and enjoying cookies and hot cider. General admission $8; children ages 3-17 and seniors $5.

  • Kids can visit Santa at Roosevelt Field in

    Roosevelt Field $$$ 630 Old Country Rd. East Garden City Kids can visit Santa from Nov. 7 through Dec. 24. Hours vary, so check website for specific times and prices.

  • Five year old Nicholas Marston of Holbrook whispers

    Smith Haven Mall Shopping 313 Smith Haven Mall Lake Grove Visit Old St. Nick daily from Nov. 7 through Dec. 24 in the center court of the mall. Hours vary depending on the date, so check the website for updates.

  • Kids can visit Santa Claus at the Walt

    Walt Whitman Mall 160 Walt Whitman Rd. Huntington Station Children can tell Santa what's on their holiday wish list daily from Nov. 8 through Dec. 24. Hours vary, so check the website for details.

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