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Where To Take The Kids To See Santa Claus on Long Island, NY

- Find out where Old St. Nick is greeting kids in Nassau and Suffolk

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It's that time of year again when the kids want to visit Santa Claus right here on Long Island, NY. Here are some places where you can meet the man in the red suit.

This list is updated every year, usually a few weeks before the actual events. Here are the dates for 2013.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium - Santa Saturdays

On Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., Santa will light the Christmas tree on the hatchery lawn. There will be cookies, hot chocolate and tea.

Santa Claus will also make appearances at the fish hatchery for Santa Saturdays on December 7, 14 and 21, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
1660 Route 25A
Cold Spring Harbor, NY
(516) 692-6768

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - Dolphin Bookshop, Port Washington

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Santa will be at the Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main Street, Port Washington, NY, (516) 767-2650. Santa will read a story and listen to what's on every child's Christmas wish list. Make sure to bring a camera. (Pre-registration is not necessary.)

And while you're there, you can also visit the Dolphin Cafe, open on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dart's Christmas Tree Farm

One of Long Island's Christmas tree farms, Dart's is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

Santa usually makes an appearance on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Please call to verify.

Dart's Christmas Tree Farm
2355 Main Bayview Road
Southold, NY
(631) 765-4148

Green Acres Mall

From Saturday, November 16, 2013 through Tuesday, December 24, 2013, kids can take photos with Santa in the Green Acres Mall's Macy's Men/Kohl's Wing. Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Christmas Eve, December 24, 2013. (Note that Santa's breaks are from Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.) For pricing, please see their website.

Also at the mall: Paws and Claus - photos of you, your pet and Santa on Tuesday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., November 19 and 26, December 3 and 10, 2013. Pease only bring domestic, well-behaved pets. They must be on leashes. See their website for pricing.

Green Acres Mall, Sunrise Highway,Valley Stream, NY,(516) 561-1157

Hicks Nurseries

Every year, Hicks Nurseries hosts Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., every day leading up to Christmas. Starting on Friday, November 29, 2013, you can bring your own camera so you can snap a photo of the kids with jolly St Nick. In addition, there are live reindeer, Comet and Cupid, at the nurseries from Saturday, November 30, 2013 until December 23, 2012, and there's a FREE exhibit of a holiday story that the kids can walk through until Monday, December 23, 2013.

And from Saturday, November 9, 2013 until Wednesday, December 18, 2013, you can mail a letter to Santa in Hicks' North Pole Mailbox and he'll answer if you include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Note: all letters must be received by December 18, 2012.

Hicks Nurseries
100 Jericho Turnpike
Westbury, NY
(516) 334-0066

Roosevelt Field

Kids can take their photo with Santa at the Roosevelt Field Mall. Santaland is on the main level in the North Court of the mall. To save time, you can set up an appointment online at simon.com.noerrsanta.com. For full details, prices and times, please go to their website.

Roosevelt Field
630 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY

Bayville Winter Wonderland

Bayville Winter Wonderland is Long Island's winter holiday park. Every day through January 1, 2014, Santa will make appearances at the park.

There's also ice skating, a fun house, train ride, arcade, and more. $20 admission incudes Santa's toy factory funhouse, the Bayville Holiday Express train ride, holiday arts and crafts, holiday storytelling and more.

For more info and a discount coupon, please visit their website.

Bayville Winter Wonderland, 8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, New York (across from the beach), (516) 628-TOYS. Visit their site for a printable map and directions.

Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm

Santa will visit the farm every Saturday and Sunday during the holiday season from noon to 5 p.m.

The farms open from Friday, November 29, 2013 until Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. While you're there, cut your own or buy an already cut Christmas tree. There are also handmade wreaths and more. There are train rides, weather permitting.

Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
20685 Main Road
MAttituck, New York
(631) 298-4619 or (631) 298-4118

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