Breakfast with Santa in NYC: 8 Holiday Brunches for Kids and Families
This post is in the process of being updated for 2014. Please check back in mid-November. We've already told you about the best places to take photos with Santa in New York City. But what if your kid wants a heartier visit with the big red guy? In that case, a tasty breakfast with Santa (or brunch or tea) may be in order.
We've found eight spots where families can enjoy a special holiday meal with Old St. Nick, from inexpensive pancake brunches hosted by local organizations to lavish spreads at Rockefeller Center and the Plaza Hotel. There's even a Santa dining cruise! Regardless of which one you choose, be sure to bring your camera—and your appetite. For more seasonal fun for families, check out our NYC Holiday Guide.
Breakfast with Santa at Rockefeller Center – Midtown West
Dates and times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
The Sea Grill, 19 West 49th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues: $105 for adults, $75 for children
Rock Center Café, 20 West 50th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues: $90 for adults, $65 for children
Gaze at Rock Center's sparkling Christmas tree and the skaters twirling on the rink as you dig into breakfast with Santa and his elves at the Sea Grill or the Rock Center Café. All kids receive a special gift from Santa and families enjoy VIP admission to the skating rink, which means no waiting! Advance reservations required and they're going fast!
Rawther Fancy Tea with Santa – Midtown East
The Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at 58th Street
Fridays, December 6, 13 and 20 2-3pm and 4-5pm
$150 per adult-child pair, $90 per additional child
Got a little one who's been really nice? Then consider indulging in this sumptuous tea at the Eloise at The Plaza shop where you get to snack with Santa in high style. Enjoy tea sandwiches, dessert treats and fruit, Santa stoytime, pics with the big red guy and an Eloise goody bag to take home. Reservations required. Call 212-546-5450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Brunch and Parade – Greenpoint
t.b.d. Brooklyn, 224 Franklin Street at Green Street
Saturday, December 7 10:30am-1pm
$10 per person for brunch; free for the parade
Munch on pancakes, sausages and bacon, make holiday-themed arts and crafts, and pose for pics with the man of the season. Buying advance tickets is required. Afterward, burn off those calories at a no-cost Santa parade down Franklin Street. Revelers are encouraged to bring unwrapped new gifts for a toy drive.
Beastly Breakfast with Santa at the Staten Island Zoo – Staten Island
614 Broadway at Colonial Court
Saturday, December 7 at 9:30-11:30am
$24 per person, free for children under age 3
Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with Santa and his animal pals, pose for a free photo with the big red guy and then take a special behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo. Reservations required. Call 718-442-3101 ext. 33.
Breakfast with Santa – Midtown West
LMAO Comedy Theater, 318 West 53rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
Saturdays, December 7, 14 and 21 ; Sunday, December 15, times vary. Visit the website for schedule.
Chow down alongside Santa and his elves at the midtown comedy club. Then stick around for live entertainment like the musical 27 Santas and an Elf Called Kevin and a 30-minute interactive show by Improv 4 Kids.
Breakfast with Santa Aboard the Zephyr Yacht – South Street Seaport
Pier 16 at South Street Seaport
Saturday, December 14 boards at 9:30am, returns by noon
$45 for adults, $35 for children ages 3-12, $130 for a family of four
Join Santa, Frosty and special guest Ralphie from the musical A Christmas Story for a fun-filled holiday cruise around the Statue of Liberty aboard the plush vessel. This merry party includes a breakfast buffet, a live deejay, dancing and festive reindeer games with the big red guy. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a Toys for Tots drive. Advance tickets required.
Breakfast with Santa at Aviator Sports and Events Center – Marine Park
3159 Flatbush Avenue
Sunday, December 15 10am-2pm
$22 for adults, $20 for children ages 3-12
Hit the popular Brooklyn athletics complex for pancakes, eggs and other breakfast goodies, plus one Bloody Mary or mimosa per adult. Kids can also pose for a free photo with Santa and enjoy cupcake decorating and games with the Radio Disney Road Crew. Must RSVP by Monday, December 9.
Brunch with Santa at the Greenbelt Recreation Center – Staten Island
501 Brielle Avenue between Rockland and Walcott Avenues
Sunday, December 15 10-11:30am for children ages 3-6 and noon-1:30pm for children ages 7-10
The Staten Island rec center hosts a pair of no-cost brunches with Santa. Snap pics of your kids with the man of the hour and learn about family memberships. Preregistration by Sunday, December 8 required. Call 718-667-3545.
Originally published on December 3, 2012