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. At these events, you’ll get to enjoy a delicious holiday meal, spend some extra time with Old Saint Nick, and participate in other seasonal activities. Bring your camera to capture all of the festive fun and make your reservation early, spots at these events go quick!
Brunch with Santa at Old Sturbridge Village
Dates: November 27, December 4, 11 and 18
Cost: $27 for adults, $23 for seniors (65 and older), $14 for ages 12 and under, 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 the Royal Sonesta
Date: December 17
Cost: $45 for adults, $25 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.
Breakfast with Santa at the CambridgeSide Galleria
Date: December 3
Combine a festive holiday event with some seasonal shopping when you bring your little ones to Breakfast with Santa at the CambridgeSide Galleria. Children will get to meet Saint Nick, enjoy a yummy breakfast and participate in games. This event is also a great opportunity to teach kids about giving back—attendees are asked to bring a donation of a hat or gloves for the Salvation Army.
Many of the Santa breakfasts have other fun activities like cookie decorating. Courtesy of Royal Sonesta.
Breakfast with Santa at Plimoth Plantation
Dates: December 4, 11 and 18
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.
Breakfast with Santa at The Shops at Chestnut Hill
Date: November 26
The Shops at Chestnut Hill are hosting a free Breakfast with Santa with the food provided by the Cheesecake Factory. 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.
American Girl Doll Breakfast at Smolak Farms
Date: December 10
Cost: $15 for adults, $25 for kids
This is the perfect event for any little girls who love their American Girl Dolls. Children should bring their favorite doll to Smolak Farms in North Andover this December for a special breakfast with their doll and Santa. There will also be games, crafts and a special Christmas treat at the event. Note: Just as we were about to publish, this event sold out, so mark your calendars for next year. Or attend one of the other holiday events this season at Smolak Farms .
Santa Brunch at Beat Brasserie
Date: December 10
Cost: A la carte pricing
Join Beat Brasserie in Harvard Square for its fourth-annual Santa Brunch this holiday season. Families who attend can expect delicious food, like the decadent French toast bread pudding for mom and dad, or chocolate chip pancakes from the Flower Children menu for the littlest diners. At the event, you can enjoy live holiday music, mingling with Santa and plenty of photo opportunities.
Top image of Santa Claus at a holiday breakfast courtesy of The Shops at Chestnut Hill.