Santa Claus Brunches, Teas, and Cruises for NYC Kids

Christmast Breakfast and Tea with Santa Claus in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens
 Meet Santa and his elves at Stella 34 Trattoria in Midtown. Photo courtesy of Stella 34 Trattoria

A picture with Santa can be thrilling for a little kid. But if your child wants a heartier visit with the big red guy, a tasty breakfast, brunch, or tea with Santa might be in order.

We've found nine spots in New York City where families can enjoy a special holiday meal with Old St. Nick. These range from inexpensive pancake brunches hosted by local organizations to lavish spreads at Rockefeller Center and the Plaza Hotel. You can even hop on a cruise with Santa.

All require advance reservations and sell out quickly. Whichever one you choose, bring your camera—and your appetite—and for more seasonal family fun check out our Holiday Guide.