Santa sightings have been reported all over Central NJ! This year St. Nick will make extra efforts to reach his pint-sized admirers by showing up on a ferry, train, plane and more. If you are looking to have more than just a mall experience for Santa photos, check out these local attractions that have many other Christmas and holiday themed activities including photos ops with Santa! We’ve got the scoop on where you can find jolly old St. Nick this season! Santa sightings will be added as they are announced.
Santa Ferry Ride
December 3 at 8:30am OR 10:30am OR 1:00pm
Belford Ferry Terminal, Belford NJ
The yuletide ride aboard the new Molly Pitcher features visits from Santa and friends, caroling, goodie bags, and a wonderful scenic view of the Statue of Liberty. Ferries leave and return to the NY Waterway Belford Ferry Terminal at 10 Harbor Way. Pre-registration is required. See website for pre-registration form and ticket info.
Holiday Festival – Friends of Lord Stirling Stable
December 3rd – 4th at 10am – 4pm
Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge NJ
Take a hayride to see Santa Claus, ride a pony, decorate ornaments, and enjoy many other activities. Find that perfect gift at the Silent Auction, which benefits the School Horse Retirement Fund. Fees vary; admission, parking, hayrides & pony rides are free.
Visit With Santa at Keris Tree Farm
December 3-4 & 10-11 at 8:00am – 5:00pm
Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop
848 Route 524, Allentown, NJ
Family Days are the weekends of December 3-4 & 10-11. Come visit with Santa, sip on hot cocoa, and enjoy a real farm experience this holiday season!
Holiday Festival at Dearborn Market
December 3-4 at 11am – 5pm
Dearborn Market, Holmdel NJ
Get in the Christmas spirit at Dearborn Market with their Holiday Festival! Take a Holiday Photo with our Real Bearded Santa at his Toy Workshop Scene.
– Listen to Fun Festive Tunes to put you in the Holiday Spirit
– Pick out a Christmas Tree with the help of our staff
– Sample Delicious Foods from our Holiday Catering Menu
– Warm up at the Hot Chocolate Bar & personalize a cup with your favorite flavors & toppings
– Give to those in need and Donate to our Bridges Children’s Coat Drive – laundered children’s coats, snow suits & boots – and receive a 12 oz. up of Dearborn’s Gourmet Coffee and an Apple Cider Donut.
– Stop by the Children’s Wreath Making Table all day and create a 12″ live wreath, with choice of 8 festive decorations and a handmade red bow. $20 per child, no registration necessary.
– Free Face Painting
Christmas at Allaire Village
December 4th at 11am – 4pm
4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale NJ
Join all of us here at the Historic Village at Allaire as we celebrate the joys of Christmas past. Experience the sights and smells of an early American Christmas with hearth cooking, singing, dancing, wagon rides and St Nicholas! See website for ticket admission info. This is a day full of fun interactive programs. You can also bring your holiday cards to be sent from our historic post office located in the General Store. See website for list of activities taking place.
Santa Visits Shoreline Harley-Davidson
December 4th at 11:00am – 12:30pm
671 Broadway, Long Branch NJ
Santa is making a special visit to Shoreline Harley-Davidson to spread his holiday cheer! Be sure to bring your camera for this unique photo opportunity with Santa.
Freehold PBA Santa Train
December 10th at 12PM – 2PM
Freehold Borough Bus Station, Freehold NJ
Santa will arrive at the Freehold Borough Bus Station on December 10th. A photograph with Santa and toy is provided to all children in attendance, while supplies last.
Skate With Santa
December 10th at 1:45pm
Woodbridge Community Center Ice Rink
600 Main Street, Woodbridge NJ
Skate with Santa at the Woodbridge Community Center Ice Rink. Complimentary hot chocolate. $5 admission / $4 skate rental (if needed).
Santa Fly-In to the Central Jersey Regional Airport
December 11th at 12PM – 2:30PM
Central Jersey Regional Airport
1034 Millstone River Rd, Hillsborough, New Jersey 08844
Santa Claus is coming to Central Jersey Regional Airport on December 11th at noon to hand out presents to boys and girls! (and help raise money for a good cause) Contact TriState Aviation at 908-576-4333 to register your child or for more info.
Ice Skate with Santa & Friends
December 17th at 1:00-3:00pm
Bridgewater Sports Arena
1425 Frontier Road, Bridgewater NJ
Ice skate with Santa & Friends. Regular public skate admission prices ($6 kids 12 & under – $7 adults – $3 rentals).
Visit with Santa at Historic Longstreet Farm
December 17 & 18 from 12-3 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel NJ
Come to Longstreet Farm and enjoy an old- fashioned Victorian Christmas. Children can visit with Santa, then take a walk to the farmhouse and have a cup of cider. Be sure to bring your camera.
Santa Flies In to Princeton Airport
December 24th, 10:30am
Princeton Airport, Princeton NJ
Holiday sing-along & cookies and cocoa – 10:30am
Santa arrives – 11:00am
Santa will fly into the Princeton Airport on Christmas Eve. Children can receive a gift from Santa as well as support those who are less fortunate this holiday season. It’s a free event but be sure to see the participation requirements at the Princeton Airport website.
*If you’re looking to have a meal with Santa, see our Where to Have Breakfast with Santa page.