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 Santa—or the lady who we suspect might really run the show, Mrs. Claus. 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!
Brunch with Santa at Old Sturbridge Village
Dates: November 26, Dec 3, 10, 17
Cost: $27 for adults, $24 for seniors (65 and older), $14 for ages 12 and under, free for children under 4
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 the Royal Sonesta
Date: Dec 10, 2017
Cost: $55 for adults, $30 for kids (breakfast); $65 for adults, $35 for kids (lunch); 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.
Many of the Santa breakfasts have other fun activities, like cookie decorating. Courtesy of Royal Sonesta
Breakfast with Santa at Plimoth Plantation
Dates: Dec 3, 10, 17
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, Belgium waffles and hot chocolate. Children will have the chance to meet with Santa and decorate their own gingerbread man.
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
Date: Nov 25, 2017
Cost: Free; $5 donation for Susan G. Komen breast cancer initiative 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 Mrs. Claus at Smolak Farms
Date: Dec 17, 2017
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. 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
Nutcracker Brunch with Mrs. Claus at the Ritz-Carlton
Date: Dec 16, 23
Cost: $72 adults, $44 children 2-12
This elegant buffet brunch in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom will certainly feel special for your child. Mrs. Claus will be joined with her friends from The Nutcracker for music, dancing, storytelling, and treats.
Christmas Day Brunch with Santa at Cafe Fleuri
Date: December 25, 2017 (6 seatings)
Cost: $110 adults, $45 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.
Top photo by Kemberly Groue/U.S. Air Force