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 1, 2018
1. 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.
2. Lake Forest City Hall
OC families can choose - breakfast or brunch, depending on how early they like to see Santa. Either way, it's $8 a plate.
December 1 & 2, 2018
3. 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 pay $11, and adults pay $13.
Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort
December 8, 2018
4. 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.
5. Promenade on the Peninsula, Rolling Hills
Bucking the trend, this holiday breakfast at Good Stuff is free for kids five and under, but adults pay $15.
6. 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 $18 for kids and $25 for adults. Reservations are required.
7. 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.
Photo by Mommy Poppins
December 15, 2018
8. 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.
9. Westchester United Methodist Church
Feast with Santa and support a good cause: All donations from Troop 716’s pancake breakfast go to Toys for Tots.
December 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2018
10. 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 (kids $19, adults $39), but families can take as many photos as they like of their kids enjoying a relaxing meal with the man of the hour.
December 23, 2018
11. 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