Updated for 2018!
It’s that time of year again! Santa flies, strolls and parades into malls all across New Jersey. We are lucky to be NJ residents as our selection of malls is vast making the holiday season even more exciting and festive. Although it seems that Santa arrives earlier and earlier each year, the delight on a child’s face erases our parental judgment about the push for the holidays so soon. The magic and wonder in a child’s eyes is priceless and something I look forward to every year.
To help make holiday planning easier, I decided to put together a list of Santa arrivals at malls throughout NJ. As more information is released, the list will be updated so make sure to check back regularly. I put the malls in alphabetical order to make it easier to find your local mall. At the bottom of the post, you can also find links to posts about additional places to see Santa along with Sensory Santa Experiences. Happy Holidays!
Mall Santas in New Jersey
Bridgewater Commons: Santa arrives in Bridgwater on November 9 and will be available for pictures through December 24. Don’t miss the special events too like Grandparent’s Night, Holiday PJ Night and Pet Photos. For more information, visit the mall website.
Cherry Hill Mall: Head on over to SantaFest at Cherry Hill Mall on November 10 to be a part of Santa’s arrival. The event takes place from 11am-2pm in the Center Court. This fun FREE event includes crafts, delicious treats, games, prizes, special guests and much more. Learn more on the mall website.
Deptford Mall: Beginning November 7, families can meet Santa at his headquarters located in Center court near Macy’s. The official opening festivities, however, will take place on November 10 10am-12pm. The event includes live music, crafts, face painting, giveaways and more! For more information visit the mall website.
Freehold Raceway Mall: If you are looking for a unique Santa experience, then head to Freehold Mall for Santa HQ presented by HGTV. It is a fun hands-on holiday adventure for the entire family. Santa arrives November 9 and will be available for pictures through December 24. The experience is located on the lower level near Nordstrom. For dates and time, visit the mall website. You can also read our review of a past event here.
Garden State Plaza Mall (Paramus): Santa comes to town on November 10 and will be available for pictures through December 23 (no photos on Sundays). Santa Cares, a sensory friendly event, as well as Operation Santa Salute will take place December 2. For more details, visit the mall website.
Hamilton Mall (Mays Landing): See Santa arrive with a magical parade and tree lighting. The event takes place on November 10. Learn more on the mall website.
Livingston Mall: Beginning November 9, families can tell Santa all their Christmas wishes. He will be available for pictures through December 24. Check out the mall website for a list of dates and times including pet photos with Santa on December 10.
Menlo Park Mall: Families can meet the Jolly Old Elf himself beginning November 2. Visits continue through December 24. Even pets join the fun on various dates. Caring Santa events will take place November 18, December 2 and December 9. Visit the website for more detailed information.
Monmouth Mall: Your little elves can begin meeting Santa at Monmouth Mall on November 8 in the Lower JCPenney Court. There will also be several events throughout the season like a Pajama Party with Santa, pet photos and Breakfast with Santa. The most unique event, however, is Santa Cares on December 9. For more details, please visit their website.
Moorestown Mall: Santa arrives on November 10, but on November 17 11am-1pm, guests will enjoy Santa Fest which is filled with fun activities that will help kick off the holiday season. Activities include Andy’s Toy box play area, meet & greets, magic snow play zone and more. Santa will be located at Lord & Taylor Court through December 24. For more information visit the mall website.
Newport Centre: Santa will be landing in Jersey City on November 2. He will be available for pictures in the Center Court through December 24. For dates and times (including pet photo opportunities), visit the mall website.
Ocean County Mall: Santa arrives in Toms River on November 2 and will be available for pictures through December 24. He will be located in the Center Court. Pet photos will also be available on select dates. Caring Santa takes place November 18 and December 2. For more details, please visit the mall website.
Paramus Park: Santa arrives November 9 and will be taking pictures with families through December 23 (no photos on Sundays). Don’t miss special events like Grandparent’s Night and Holiday PJ Nights too! Learn more on their website.
Quaker Bridge Mall: Welcome Santa to the mall on November 9 at Quaker Bridge Mall. He will be available for pictures through December 24 in the Macy’s Court. This festive event will also include a tree lighting! For more information including pet photo opportunities, please visit the mall website.
Rockaway Townsquare: Santa arrives November 2 and will be delighting children through December 24. He will located on the lower level by Macy’s. Caring Santa will be December 9. You can find the schedule of dates and times on their website.
Short Hills Mall: Santa flies into Short Hills Mall on November 8 to join Santa’s Flight Academy for another season full of holiday fun. Kids of all ages will LOVE this interactive Santa experience. Visit the website for dates and times.
The Mills at Jersey Gardens: To the delight of children (and parents), Santa flies into Elizabeth on November 9. He will be located Lower Level Center Court through December 24. Caring Santa will take place December 2. You can find additional information on the mall website.
The Shops at Riverside: Santa arrives in Hackensack on November 9 and will be available for pictures through December 23. (Note: Santa will not be available on Sundays as the mall is closed.) For additional dates and times, visit their website.
Willowbrook Mall (Wayne): Santa flies into the Willowbrook Mall on November 10 and will taking pictures with families through December 24. Families can also enjoy special events like Holiday PJ Nights, Ugly Sweater Night and Christmas Carolers. You can find more information on their website.
Woodbridge Center: Pictures with Santa will begin November 9 but families can enjoy a fun Santa Parade on November 15 to kick off the holiday season. Festivities begin at 7pm and takes place at Lower Level Center Court. Check out the mall website for details.