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How to visit Santa in NYC under tight COVID-19 restrictions


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Tyler Rapsey with daughter Isabelle visits with Santa Claus, with safety protocols in place, at Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township, Pa.
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Good little boys and girls will have to be extra good this Christmas to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

And Santas are taking precautions as well, with some planning visits over Zoom and behind plexiglass barriers. A few have taken to futuristic augmented reality experiences. There’s even something for naughty adults (who still want to responsibly celebrate) this year, too.
Here’s how to visit Santa for Christmas 2020, from new takes on your standard mall event to virtual merriment for all.
Hudson Yards Santa Station
Nov. 22 to Dec. 31
Kids can pose with a virtual Santa and enjoy an augmented-reality North Pole via a free downloadable app.
Macy’s Santaland at Home
Nov. 27 through Dec. 24
Visit Santa from the comfort of your sofa with a free virtual tour of the North Pole workshop and interactive meet-up with Santa — don’t forget to snap a selfie, which you can download right after.
Lapland Santa
Limited dates available through Dec. 24
Europeans believe Kris Kringle hails from Lapland, the northernmost province of Finland. On Airbnb, you can book a 30-minute live chat with a Kris Kringle in Lapland — where Scandinavians believe he lives. Cost is from $19/person.
Cameo
The site that normally offers birthday greetings from C-list celebs is also offering personalized messages from a Santa puppet ($26), a singing St. Nick ($49) or a Mr. Claus stripper who unwraps down to his skivvies ($49).