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 have been naughty or nice. Old St. Nick will be making appearances all over the Island throughout the holiday season. Here, a guide to some of the many places to see Santa. Pack up your family and head out for a fun-filled festive day!
Santa arrives on Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 at Atlantic Nursery (250 Atlantic Ave., Freeport) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your camera for pictures or snap a shot in one of their displays; no fees atlanticnursery.com.
Bayville Adventure Park
Bayville Adventure Park (8 Bayville Ave., Bayville) is transformed into the Winter Wonderland Holiday Park from Nov. 23 through Jan. 1, 2019, Friday through Sunday, with select days during the week. Kids can meet Santa everyday starting Nov. 23. Visitors can enjoy attractions like Santa's Toy Factory Funhouse and Maze, Captain Bay's Yo Ho holiday light show, an express train ride, ice skating, rock climbing, holiday character meet and greets, crafts, story telling, hermit crab races and more. The Magical Santa Experience includes a photo with Santa, a letter from Santa sent to your child before Christmas Price: Winter Wonderland $22.75 for all activities, Magical Santa Experience $15 (plus the regular Winter Wonderland admission ticket, one Magical Santa ticket needed for each family of six as long as each person has a regular admission ticket.); bayvillewinterwonderland.com.
Check out Santa at the Broadway Commons in the IKEA rotunda daily from Nov. 18 through Dec. 24. The 2018 schedule: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 23 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Christmas Eve 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa takes a break Monday-Saturday from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m., Sunday 2-2:30 p.m. and Christmas Eve 1-2 p.m. to feed the reindeer. Children with sensory needs can visit Santa 2 and 9 from 9-11 a.m. Pet photos are every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. (domestic pets only). Check website for photo pricing; atbroadwaycommons.com.
Dart's Christmas Tree Farm
Santa will be taking pictures at Dart's Christmas Tree Farm weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (2355 Main Bayview Rd., Southold). Bring your own camera; dartschristmastreefarm.com.
Pictures with Santa take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 23-25 and every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23 at Dees' Nursery (69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside). Photo packages are available for purchase, cameras are welcome; deesnursery.com.
Green Acres Mall
Santa will be at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, on the lower level outside of New York & Company, daily through Dec. 24. Kids can get a photo with Santa and receive a free gift from Nov. 9 through Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (3-4 p.m. break) Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (break from noon-12:45 p.m., 3:45-4:30 p.m.) Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (2-3 p.m. break) Sunday. Mall is closed on Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving. On Dec. 24, Santa will be available 9 a.m.- to 5 p.m. (break 1-1:45 p.m.), with the ast photo taken at 3:30 p.m.; greenacresmallonline.com.
Groundworks Landscaping at Hren's
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by the Groundworks Landscaping at Hren's Holiday Open House at 530 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton. His appearances will be on Dec. 1 and 2 from noon to 3:30 p.m. There will also be holiday treats, raffles, Whoville Village from "The Grinch," live music and more. The Department 56 Snow Village on display in the Greenhouse will be adorned with holiday garland, trees, ornaments, gift options and a "make your own wreath" station. There is a holiday tree sale in the front of Groundworks, including table-top trees, Frasier Firs, Norway Spruces and Blue Spruces; free admission; groundworkslandscaping.com.
Healthy Pet Grooming
Take your kids and/or pets to Healthy Pet Grooming (563 Muncey Rd., West Islip) from 11-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 for pictures with Santa. No appointment is necessary and all pets must be leashed or in a carrier. Price: $10 per photos; all proceeds benefit Lisa's k9 Rescue. For more information, call 631-539-7988.
Santa will be at Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury) from Nov. 23 through Dec. 23. His hours are 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Special hours on Nov. 23 are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. The animated Christmas story "Something Special for Santa" is open for free through Dec. 24. Customers are encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item to Long Island Cares; hicksnurseries.com.
Long Island Aquarium
Santa will be visiting the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (431 E. Main St.) in Riverhead on Dec. 16 for the annual Santa Brunch at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. There is a buffet brunch in the Sea Star Ballroom, guests can make a take-home holiday craft, and there are photo opportunities with Santa. Bring your camera to capture the moments, but there will also be 5x7 photos available for purchase. Admission for children 2 and younger is free; children 3-12 $26.95; adults $54.95. Reservations are required; call 631-208-9200, ext. 426; longislandaquarium.org
Old Westbury Gardens
The Holiday Celebration with Santa takes place Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23 at Old Westbury Gardens (71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury). The Westbury House is open for Christmas from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Children can say hello to Santa after exploring the beautifully decorated house and enjoying cookies and hot cider. General admission $12, $7 children ages 7-17; oldwestburygardens.org.
Kids can visit Santa at Roosevelt Field Mall (630 Old Country Rd., Garden City) daily now through Dec. 24 on the Main Level in North Court near Dick's Sporting Goods and Bloomingdale's Furniture. Hours vary, so check website for specific times and prices; simon.com/mall/roosevelt-field.
Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
Visit Santa at the Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm (20685 Main Rd., Mattituck) on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 to Dec. 24 and weather permitting. Besides cutting down your own tree, kids can mail their letters to Santa, take a train ride and more; shamrockchristmastreefarm.com.
Smith Haven Mall
Visit Old St. Nick daily now through Dec. 24 in the center court of the Smith Haven Mall (313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove). Hours vary depending on the date, so check the website for times and prices; simon.com/mall/smith-haven-mall.
St. James General Store
Take a step back in time and visit Old St. Nick at the the St. James General Store (516 Moriches Rd., St. James) on Saturdays and Sundays starting Nov. 24-Dec. 23 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Bring your own camera; no charge.
Walt Whitman Shops
Children can tell Santa what's on their holiday wish list daily now through Dec. 24. Hours vary, so check the website for details. Caring Santa for children of all abilities will be available Sunday, Dec. 2 and 9 from 9-11 a.m.; simon.com/mall/walt-whitman-shop.
Westfield South Shore
At Westfield South Shore (1701 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore), Santa will be snapping pictures with kids daily now through Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday (with two breaks from 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.) and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays (with a break from 2-3 p.m.) in the Lord & Taylor Court. The Santa photo set will be closed on Thanksgiving; westfield.com/southshore.
Head down to the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa to visit Old St. Nick daily now through Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday (with two breaks from 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.) and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays (with a break from 2-3 p.m) in the lower level Macy's court. The Santa photo set is closed on Thanksgiving. Check website for photo packages and details; westfield.com/sunrise.
White Post Farms
Santa will be at White Post Farms (250 Old Country Rd., Melville) on Friday, Nov. 23-25 and Saturdays and Sundays in December, through Dec. 23. Hours run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Price: $15.95. Admission includes a meeting with Santa, visit with animals, Singing Chicken Show, entry into the Monkey Barn, bird aviaries and more; whitepostfarms.com.