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

Breakfast with Santa. Photo courtesy of La Habra Children's Museum
Christmas photos and meeting Santa to talk presents

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

Promenade on the Peninsula - Good Stuff
550 Deep Valley Drive
90274 Rolling Hills Estates , CA 33° 46' 20.55" N, 118° 22' 24.0384" W
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place
90401 Santa Monica , CA 34° 0' 57.798" N, 118° 29' 43.1016" W
Malibu City Hall: Multi-Purpose Room
23825 Stuart Ranch Road
90265 Malibu , CA 34° 2' 21.1092" N, 118° 41' 35.0088" W
The Children's Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
90631 La Habra , CA 33° 55' 46.704" N, 117° 56' 48.8976" W
Manhattan Village Mall: Islands Restaurant
3200 N Sepulveda Blvd. Suite D1
90266 Manhattan Beach , CA 33° 53' 58.3584" N, 118° 23' 38.4576" W
The Rancho Los Alamitos
6400 Bixby Road
90815 Long Beach , CA 33° 46' 36.6384" N, 118° 6' 25.236" W
Lake Forest City Hall- Community Rooms
25550 Commercentre Dr Suite 100
92630 Lake Forest , CA 33° 39' 49.4676" N, 117° 41' 4.2612" W
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
90802 Long Beach , CA 33° 45' 10.2348" N, 118° 11' 22.92" W
Terranea Resort: Palos Verdes Ballroom
100 Terranea Way
90275 Rancho Palos Verdes , CA 33° 44' 18.3588" N, 118° 23' 50.1936" W
Westchester United Methodist Church
8065 Emerson Avenue
90045 Los Angeles , CA 33° 57' 58.7664" N, 118° 24' 18.4644" W
JW Marriott LA Live
800 West Olympic Blvd
90015 Los Angeles , CA 34° 2' 41.262" N, 118° 15' 54.972" W