Where to meet Santa in the Hudson Valley

Ian and Leah Kavanagh of Harrison sit on

Ian and Leah Kavanagh of Harrison sit on Santa's lap at The Westchester mall in White Plains. (Nov. 28, 2012) (Credit: Faye Murman)

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.


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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.

The Galleria at White Plains: Photos in front of Macy's and H&M from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Info: 100 Main St., White Plains; 914-682-0111.

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.

The Poughkeepsie Galleria: Photos in the center court from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Info: 2001 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; 845-297-7600.

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.

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