Santa will be out and about in the Hudson Valley long before he comes down the chimney in the early hours of Dec. 25 to load up gifts under the Christmas tree.

From malls to tree lighting ceremonies to community Christmas parties, we've compiled a list of spots where you can find the big jolly guy in the weeks leading up to Christmas and get a photo with him.

Know of a location open to the public for free or at the cost of a ticket that we might have missed? Email with the details.

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Towne Crier Cafe | 379 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Breakfast with Santa will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11AM.

Adults - $15
Kids - $10

The price includes coloring book and crayons, a full breakfast buffet and special holiday ornament craft and pictures with Santa.


Tree Lighting & Holiday Festival Celebration | 6423 State Rte 55, Wingdale, NY 12594

The Town of Dover Tree Lighting & Holiday Festival Celebration is Saturday, Dec. 8 from 5-9:30PM.

The event includes a parade that begins at Wingdale Elementary School and ends across the street at Boyce Park; holiday arts and crafts; hot cocoa, coffee and donuts; pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus; a Stuff the Sleigh event collecting nonperishable food; and a bonfire.

Dover Plains

Milk & Cookies with Santa at Soukup Farms | 271 Halls Corners Rd, Dover Plains, NY 12522 | 845-264-3137

Soukup Farms will host milk and cookies with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11AM to 4PM.

Take pictures with Santa, enjoy a craft area, enjoy Mrs. Claus' reading corner and eat at the outdoor smores pit.


Village of Fishkill Village Hall | 1095 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524

The Village of Fishkill holiday party and tree lighting takes place Saturday, Dec. 8 from 2:30PM to 4:30PM. Kids enjoy a petting zoo, plus making crafts and storytelling before the Christmas tree is lit.

Hopewell Junction

Mill Creek Caterers | 17 NY-376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 | 845-226-8714

Mill Creek Caterers will host breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11AM to 2PM.


Pawling Decemberfest Tree Lighting | 59 Charles Colman Blvd, Pawling, NY 12564

The Pawling Chamber of Commerce hosts the Pawling Decemberfest Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6PM. The event includes Santa and his elves, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides for children.


Adams Fairacre Farms | 765 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 | 845-454-4330

Get free photos with Santa at Adams Fairacre Farms locations during holiday weekends.

The hours are 10AM-4PM on Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 16.

Darkside Records | 611 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603 |

Get your photo taken with Rockin' Santa on Dec. 15 from noon-4pm at Darkside Records with all proceeds going to help The Art Effect, a Poughkeepsie-based organization empowering youth in the Hudson Valley through the arts and media.

Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall | 2001 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 | 845-297-7600

Photos with Santa are available Nov. 23, 2018 -Dec. 24, 2018.

Monday through Saturday: 10AM – 8PM
Breaktimes: 1-2PM, 5-6PM

Sunday: 11AM – 6PM
Breaktime: 2-3PM

Special events Sunday, Dec. 9: Santa Cares event for children with special needs from 8:30AM-9:30AM and pet night from 6-8PM

Red Hook

Battenfeld & Son Christmas Tree Farm | 856 NY-199, Red Hook, NY 12571 | 845-758-8018

Santa will be at the Christmas Tree Farm Saturday, Dec. 1; Sunday, Dec. 2; Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11AM to 2PM.

Wagon rides are every Saturday & Sunday throughout the season.


Village of Tivoli Winterfest | 1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli, NY 12583

The Village of Tivoli Winterfest on Saturdaym Dec. 8 includes merry minstrels, crafts, games and a visit from Santa Claus, plus wagon rides through town. A tree lighting ceremon will be followed by a bonfire. The free event runs from 2:30PM-4:30PM.

Wappingers Falls

Adams Fairacre Farms | 160 Old Post Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 | 845-632-9955

Get free photos with Santa at Adams Fairacre Farms locations during holiday weekends.

The hours are 11AM-4PM on Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 16.

Kevin McCurdy's Holiday Spirit Festival | 38 Sheafe Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 | 845-297-9627

Kevin McCurdy's Holiday Spirit Festival is open Fridays from 6PM to 9PM, Saturdays from 4:30PM to 9PM and Sundays from 4:30PM to 8:30PM in December.

The attractions are also open Thursday, Dec. 21 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM.

See the elves' workshop, stroll through a North Pole Village, see the enchanted forest of lights and meet Santa at his house.

Villa Borghese | 70 Widmer Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 | 845-297-8207

Villa Borghese hosts brunch with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 10AM-3PM

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Central Valley

Woodbury Commons | 498 Red Apple Ct, Central Valley, NY 10917 | 845-928-4000

Woodbury Commons hosts pictures with Santa Friday, Nov. 23 through Christmas Eve.

Monday-Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday and Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm
Christmas Eve: 10am-5pm


Galleria at Crystal Run | 1 Galleria Dr, Middletown, NY 10941 | 845-692-8883

Santa will be available for photos at the Galleria at Crystal Run Mondays through Saturdays from 10AM to 9PM with breaks from 1PM-2PM and 5PM-6PM. He will also be available Sundays from 11AM to 6PM with a break from 2PM to 3PM.


Museum Village | 1010 NY-17M, Monroe, NY 10950 | 845-782-8248

Christmas in the Village will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 from noon to 5PM.

Come see Santa by the fireplace, take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane and enjoy holiday entertainment in The Playhouse.

A $5 donation at the door is suggested. All proceeds go toward the Museum Village Education Program.

South Orange Family YMCA | 45 Gilbert St Ext, Monroe, NY 10950 | 845-782-9622

The South Orange Family YMCA will host an afternoon with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1PM to 3PM.

Help spread the holiday cheer by donating a new unwrapped toy for their toy drive.


Manza Family Farm | 730 NY-211, Montgomery, NY 12549 | 845-692-4364

Pick out a tree, see farm animals and reindeer and meet Santa on weekends from 11AM to 4PM.

New Windsor

The Meadowbrook | 1290 NY-94, New Windsor, NY 12553 | 845-562-5918

The Meadowbrook hosts lunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus Sunday, Dec. 16 from noon to 3PM.

Moroney's Cycles | 833 Union Ave, New Windsor, NY 12553 | 845-564-5400

Moroney's Cycles hosts a Rock and Shop event on Saturday, Dec. 8 featuring photos with Santa from noon-3PM


Adams Fairacre Farms | 1240 NY-300, Newburgh, NY 12550 | 845-569-0303

Get free photos with Santa at Adams Fairacre Farms locations during holiday weekends.

The hours are 11AM-4PM on Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 16.

Newburgh Brewing Company | 88 South Colden St, Newburgh, NY 12550 | 845-569-2337

The Hudson Highland Museum will hold a free holiday social at Newburgh Brewing Company on Sunday, Nov. 9 from 1-4PM featuring fun and games for the kids and photos with Santa.

Pine Bush

Pine Bush Area Christmas Market | 105 Depot St, Pine Bush, NY 12566

The Pine Bush Area Christmas Market takes place Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10AM-4PM and features a visit from Santa at noon.

Sugar Loaf

Sugar Loaf Holiday Celebration | 1387 Kings Hwy, Sugar Loaf, NY 10981

The Sugar Loaf Community Foundation in partnership with the Sugar Loaf Methodist Church will bring an old-fashioned holiday celebration to town on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 12:30PM to 4:30PM. Photos with Santa will be held at the church at 3:30PM.


Pennings Farm | 161 NY-94, Warwick, NY 10990 | 845-986-1059

Pennings Farm hosts Santa on the Farm on Sunday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 23 from 10am-2pm


Village of Walden Christmas in the Square | 1 Municipal Square, Walden, NY 12586

The Village of Walden Recreation & Parks Department hosts Christmas in the Square featuring Santa's arrival and a tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6-8PM.

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High Falls

High Falls Community Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony | Route 213 & 2nd St, High Falls, NY 12440

The High Falls Community Tree & Menorah Lighting takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5:30PM and includes Santa's arrival on a fire truck.

High Falls Fire Department | 333 Firehouse Rd, High Falls, NY 12440 | 845-687-0222

Have your picture taken with Santa at the High Falls Firehouse on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1-4PM at the High Falls Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive. Enjoy hot cocoa, coffee and fresh baked cookies, Donate new unwrapped toys, food items, personal health and beauty items or monetary donations to benefit The Rondout Valley Food Pantry.


Light Up the Hamlet of Highland | Main St & Vineyard Ave, Highland, NY 12528

Santa’s Workshop will be open Friday, Dec. 14 from 6PM-8:30PM for a visit with Santa. The event includes special performances, hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows, caroling and a tree lighting.


Adams Fairacre Farms | 1560 Ulster Ave, Lake Katrine, NY 12449 | 845-336-6300

Get free photos with Santa at Adams Fairacre Farms locations during holiday weekends.

The hours are 10AM-4PM on Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 16.

Catskill Mountain Railroad | 149 Aaron Ct, Kingston, NY 12401 | 845-332-4854

The Polar Express returns to Kingston Nov. 16 through Dec. 28.

The train ride inspired by the hit Warner Bros. film features characters from the movie come to life and a visit from Santa during the trip to the North Pole.

Kingston Snowflake Festival | Wall St & N Front St, Kingston, NY 12401

The Kingston Snowflake Festival takes place Friday, Dec. 7 from 6-8PM and includes performances, a horse-drawn wagon, lighting of the Uptown tree and a visit from Santa Claus.

Ulster County SPCA | 20 Wiedy Rd, Kingston, NY 12401 | 845-331-5377

The Ulster County SPCA will hold a Holiday Pawty on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11:30AM-2:30PM that includes refreshments, raffles and a visit from Santa Paws.


Frozendale | Rosendale, NY

Frozendale, Rosendale's annual celebration of local art, music and business, takes place Saturday, Dec. 8 and includes a visit from Santa.


Emerson Resort & Spa | 5340 NY-28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457 | 845-688-2828

Have breakfast with Santa at Emerson Resort & Spa's event on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 8AM to noon.

Ulster Park

Frosty Fest

Frosty Fest at Headless Horseman Hayrides and features Candy Cane Lane, Frosty's Enchanted Forest and Santa's North Pole -- including a visit with Santa.

Frost Fest runs Friday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Dec. 23

Fridays: 6PM-8PM
Saturdays: 4PM-8PM
Sundays: 4PM-7PM