One of the quintessential holiday activities for kids is meeting Santa and telling him their Christmas wishes. Make this tradition even better this year when you and your family attend a breakfast or brunch with the big guy in red. At these events, you’ll get to enjoy a delicious holiday meal, spend some extra time with Mr. or Mrs. Claus, and participate in other seasonal activities. Bring your camera to capture all of the festive fun and make your reservation early—spots at some of these events go quick!
Kids can leave their letters for Santa during the breakfast. Photo courtesy of The Shops at Chestnut Hill
Breakfast with Santa at The Shops at Chestnut Hill—Chestnut Hill
Date: November 25, 2018
Cost: Free; $5 donation for the Simon Youth Program requested
The Shops at Chestnut Hill are hosting a free Breakfast with Santa with the food provided by the Cheesecake Factory from 8:30-10am. Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite holiday pajamas or other festive attire. The event will also include arts and crafts and holiday readings by Santa.
Breakfast with Santa at Maggiano’s Little Italy—Boston
Date: December 1, 2018
Cost: $30 for adults 12 and over and $25 for children 11 and under
Dine on a deliciously decadent breakfast buffet at Maggiano’s with Santa Claus this holiday season. Children will get to visit with Santa, share their wish lists, have their picture taken, and do a holiday craft. There will even be a hot chocolate bar!
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus at Smolak Farms—North Andover
Date: Dec 1 and 16, 2018
Cost: $15 for adults, $25 for kids
Smolak Farms really does it up for the holidays, and this year, Mrs. Claus is in the spotlight at a breakfast in the barn (though Santa may make an appearance, too!). There will be a light meal, crafts, storytime, and cookie decorating.
Kids share their wishes—and dessert—with Santa. Photo courtesy of Old Sturbridge Village
Brunch with Santa at Old Sturbridge Village—Sturbridge
Dates: December 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2018
Cost: $26.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors (55 and older), $13.95 for ages 4-12, free for children under 3
Historic Old Sturbridge Village is a popular place to take kids so they can explore what life was like in New England 200 years ago. Now take them to the village for an event they’ll never forget: Brunch with Santa. Oliver Wight Tavern will be serving a variety of tasty brunch foods like made-to-order omelets, waffles with sweet toppings, and even mac ‘n’ cheese.
Breakfast with Santa at Plimoth Plantation —Plymouth
Dates: Dec 2, 9, 16, 2018
Cost: $20 for adult nonmembers, $18 for adult members, $10 for child nonmembers, $8 for child members
One of Massachusetts’ most historic sites, Plimoth Plantation, plays host to a special Breakfast with Santa on three Saturdays in December. The plantation will be serving a delicious holiday breakfast buffet with items like French toast casserole, breakfast pastries and hot chocolate. Children will have the chance to meet with Santa and decorate their own gingerbread man.
Many of the Santa breakfasts have other fun activities, like cookie decorating. Courtesy of Royal Sonesta
Breakfast or Brunch with Santa at the Royal Sonesta—Cambridge
Date: December 15 (breakfast) and 16 (brunch), 2018
Cost: $65 for adults, $35 for kids; free for children under 3
Take part in a beloved Boston tradition by bringing the whole family to Breakfast with Santa at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. In addition to dining on seasonal breakfast favorites, children have the chance to make their Christmas wishes and enjoy a reading of The Night Before Christmas by Santa himself. Bonus: This year the event price also includes free admission and a skate rental at Community Ice Skating in Kendall Square.
Santa Brunch at the Hawthorne Hotel—Salem
Date: December 16, 2018
While Salem may be most known for its huge Halloween celebrations, the city does Christmas right, too. The historic Hawthorne Hotel is hosting a festive brunch with Santa Claus this December. Reservations can be made starting November 12.
Christmas Day Brunch with Santa at Cafe Fleuri—Boston
Date: December 25, 2018 (6 seatings)
Cost: $110 adults, $55 children 5-12
Get dressed in your holiday finest and feast on family-friendly seasonal fare prepared by executive chef Mark Sapienza at the Langham Hotel. There will be live music and a special Santa visit.
Top photo by Kemberly Groue/U.S. Air Force