Santa arrives on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 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. 29 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 $23.75 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. 16 through Dec. 24. The 2019 schedule: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 24 is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Children with sensory needs can visit Santa Dec. 8 from 9-10:30 a.m. Check website for photo pricing;
Pictures with Santa take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 29-Dec 1 and every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22 at Dees' Nursery (69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside). Photo packages are available for purchase, cameras are welcome; deesnursery.com.
Santa arrives on a fire truck at the Freeport Recreation Center (130 E. Merrick Rd., Freeport) at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14. The free event also be a tree lighting, a holiday boutique, magic show, Frosty the Snowman, face painting and an ice show.
Santa will be at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, on the lower level outside of New York & Company, daily through Dec. 24. Hours vary, so check website for specific times and prices; greenacresmallonline.com.
Santa will be at Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury) from Nov. 29 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. 29 are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. The animated Christmas story "Cookies for Santa" is open for free Nov. 15-Jan. 1. Children can mail a letter to Santa, getting a response (with a self addressed, stamped envelope) running Nov 15-Dec. 16. Customers are encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item to Long Island Cares; hicksnurseries.com.
Santa will be visiting the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (431 E. Main St.) in Riverhead on Dec. 15 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
The Holiday Celebration with Santa takes place Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 22 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.
Visit Santa at the Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm (20685 Main Rd., Mattituck) on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 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.
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.
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. 30 ending Dec. 22 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Bring your own camera; no charge.
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. 1 and 15 from 9-10:30 a.m.; simon.com/mall/walt-whitman-shop.
At Westfield South Shore (1701 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore), Santa will be snapping pictures with kids daily now through Dec. 24. Hours vary, so check the website for details; westfield.com/southshore.
Head down to the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa to visit Old St. Nick daily now through Dec. 24 in the lower level Macy's court. Hours vary, so check the website for details; westfield.com/sunrise.
Santa will be at White Post Farms (250 Old Country Rd., Melville) Nov. 29-30 and Saturdays and Sundays in December, through Dec. 23. Hours run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Price: $16.95. Admission includes a meeting with Santa, visit with animals and more; whitepostfarms.com.
Take your kids and/or pets to Healthy Pet Grooming (563 Muncey Rd., West Islip) from 11-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 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.