Enjoy breakfast and a story from Santa at The Queen Mary. Photo courtesy of The Queen Mary
Enjoy breakfast and a story from Santa at The Queen Mary. Photo courtesy of The Queen Mary

Breakfast with Santa Claus: Where LA Kids Can Share a Meal with Father Christmas

Doing lunch might work for some LA types, but Santa Claus does breakfast. So before you take a train with Santa, see The Nutcracker with Santa, do some holiday shopping with Santa, wave to Santa on a boat, call Santa on the phone, or take funky LA photos with Santa, first you, your kids, AND Santa all need a good breakfast. The holidays are a busy time of year after all.

Most (though not all) of the events below require reservations, and some fill up surprisingly early. It's worth making the effort, though, if for no other reason than to see how good some people's table manners can be when the man at the head of the table is wearing a red suit and wielding a list.

December 7, 2019

Santa Monica Place
Santa holds court—Food Court that is. Candid photos are allowed, and professional shots are available, too. Kids pay $5 and adults are free, but reservations are required.

Rancho Los Alamitos
This one is not only a breakfast—it's a hoedown. Pancakes and pony rides with Mr. & Mrs. Claus will set the family back $20 for kids and $26 for adults. Reservations are required.​

Manhattan Village Mall 
At these prices, it's a wonder Santa ever eats anywhere else: Tickets are free for this seasonal treat, held this year at Islands, and are available at the concierge desk.

December 7 & 8, 2019

La Habra Children's Museum
Three different seatings are offered (reservations required) to accommodate all of Santa's friends. Everyone is free to enjoy the galleries afterward. Kids (2+) pay $13, and adults pay $15.

December 7 & 14, 2019

Nordstrom Santa Breakfast
Santa mingles and poses for photos over breakfast at several Nordstrom locations around the Southland. All proceeds go to local children's hospitals.

Photo by Mommy Poppins

December 14, 2019

Promenade on the Peninsula, Rolling Hills
Bucking the trend, this holiday breakfast at Good Stuff is free for kids five and under, 6-12 is $5, and adults pay $15.

Malibu City Hall
This one requires no reservation at all; Santa welcomes walk-ups. Tickets cost $5 per person or $15/ for a family of four, and there are two choices for seatings.

​December 7, 14, 21, 2019

Queen Mary, Long Beach
This Santa breakfast repeats Saturdays all season. The up-market setting and meal make this option a little pricer than some ($20-$40) but families can take as many photos as they like of their kids enjoying a relaxing meal with the man of the hour.

Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort

December 15, 2019

Terranea Resort 
Join Santa for a lavish buffet breakfast at the scenic Terranea Resort (kids $32, adults $65), complete with multiple food stations, crafts, and Santa photo ops in the ballroom.

December 22, 2019

Kitchen Brunch with Santa
WP24 at the Ritz Carlton at LA Live gets a special visit from Santa, with brunch stations where kids can sip hot cocoa, decorate holiday cookies, and get in those last minute Christmas wishes. Added bonuses include visiting the man of the hour in his giant gingerbread house in the adjacent JW Marriott lobby and skating at the LA Live pop-up rink.

Originally published November 30, 2015


Promenade on the Peninsula - Good Stuff
550 Deep Valley Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Malibu City Hall: Multi-Purpose Room
23825 Stuart Ranch Road
Malibu, CA 90265

The Children's Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra, CA 90631

Manhattan Village Mall: Islands Restaurant
3200 N Sepulveda Blvd. Suite D1
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The Rancho Los Alamitos
6400 Bixby Road
Long Beach, CA 90815

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Terranea Resort: Palos Verdes Ballroom
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

JW Marriott LA Live
800 West Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015