Sitting on Santa’s lap is a holiday tradition for many families. There are a number of places on Long Island that offer the opportunity to meet St. Nick while also enjoying a yummy breakfast or brunch. Be sure to call your venue for reservations as many sell out. And for more seasonal fun, check out our guide to the holidays on Long Island and our events calendar.
Glen Cove Mansion — Glen Cove
Sunday, December 3
Grown-ups can indulge in the red velvet pancakes and an omelet station while kids have their photos taken with Santa. Santa will hand out candy canes and small toys to kids. Note: December 2 and 9 breakfasts are sold out.
Bellport Country Club — Bellport
Listen to live Christmas carols during this breakfast with Santa event. Parents can bring a gift for Santa to give to their child.
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Meet Santa and support the Centereach Fire Department. Photo courtesy of the fire department
Centereach Fire Department — Centereach
Choose from five different seating times and enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa. Admission of $8 per person supports the community's fire department.
Black Forest Brew Haus — Farmingdale
December 3, 10, 17
A 100-foot buffet brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus awaits you. Bring an unwrapped gift for a child in need. Three seating times are available each day.
Coral House — Baldwin
December 9, 10, 16, 17
Enjoy a brunch buffet at this lakefront restaurant and take home a complimentary photo with Santa.
Milleridge Inn — Jericho
December 9, 10, 16, 17
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at one of five seating times and stay for a photo at the historic venue with Santa. The photo is included in the price of breakfast.
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Enjoy a buffet in the ballroom and share your holiday wish list with Santa at the Long Island Aquarium. Photo courtesy of the aquarium
Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center — Riverhead
Pick from three seating times and enjoy brunch in the Sea Star Ballroom. Bond with the aquarium’s resident fish, penguins, and sea lions, and make a special holiday keepsake.
Constantino Brumidi Lodge — Deer Park
This fun holiday event for the whole family features crafts, raffles, and a full breakfast. Bring your camera for photos with Santa. Children 3 years old and younger are FREE.
Lombardi’s on the Sound — Port Jefferson
While the kids tell Santa what they want for Christmas, mom and dad can enjoy carving stations and desserts. There will be a Santa's Elves Station with special fare for kids, including chicken fingers, pasta, and macaroni and cheese.
United Skates of America — Seaford
Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, and other holiday visitors for breakfast at the "North Pole." Kids are encouraged to come in their Christmas pajamas and have a photo taken with Santa. This is a nonskating event.
Watermill Caterers — Smithtown
Choose from five seatings and celebrate the season with brunch for the family with Santa.
Top photo: A buffet brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus awaits at the Black Forest Brew Haus. Photo courtesy of the venue
This article was originally published in 2013. It was updated in November 2017.