If you want to get a photo with your kids and Santa this year, you can go right up the street to Macy’s Herald Square. It’s technically free for your kid to meet Santa and take a photo, but if you want to keep the photo they take, it’s about $20-$100. You get to look at 3-6 photos that they took and can buy one or all.
If the idea of this makes your stomach turn, but you want that memorable and oftentimes hilarious Santa photo you are not alone. The lines can get long, so here are some tips to make the whole experience a bit easier:
Location: SantaLand at Macys is located on the 8th Floor of the store at 34th Street and 6th Avenue. To avoid the chaos of other Macys shoppers, walk in off of 6th Avenue, go to the right and find the elevator banks on the north side of the store. There are some express elevators that stop at the 8th floor. Even the express elevators can take a while to show up but it’s faster than any alternative. You will come out in a bridal department but circle around and back (or ask someone) and you will find SantaLand.
Lines: The lines can be long. We went about 15 minutes before they opened and waited about 20 minutes. It actually goes pretty fast as they have (shhhh!) multiple Santas in hidden pathways so the kids don’t see. While in line there are trains and other exhibits that you walk through. You can also register and get an Express Pass at http://www.macys.com/santaland
Food: Right next to SantaLand is a Juice press and an Au Bon Pain, so you can snack while you wait. They technically do not allow food in the Santa photo area. It’s your choice whether you want that healthy juice or that chocolate chip muffin.
Santa: The Santas look pretty legit and will say a few words to your kids during the photo. We went with a 3 month old and a 20 month old and it all went smoothly.
SantaLand is open from Friday, November 28th through Wednesday, December 24th.
Here is the remaining schedule:
Saturday, December 20th, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday, December 21st, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Monday, December 22nd, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Wednesday, December 24th 2014 7:00AM – 4:00PM