Ho, ho, ho! It’s that time of year when Santa Claus starts making his list and checking it twice. If your kids are looking to spend a little QT with the Big Guy, then a breakfast with Santa might be for you. At these events, kids can enjoy some delicious food and share their holiday wish lists with St. Nick. And of course, there will be time for photos, too. Read on for our roundup of breakfast events happening this season. And for more seasonal activities, check out our Holiday Fun Guide.
Imagine That! – Florham Park
November 25, December 10, 11, 17
Kids can visit Santa and his elves, share a breakfast snack, and then stay to play at the museum all day. Bring your wish list for Santa, and receive a special gift. Call ahead to reserve a spot and receive special pricing.
Breakfast with Santa Saturdays – Cape May
November 26, December 3 (sold out), 10 & 17
Congress Hall transforms into a winter wonderland on Saturdays through December 17. With a delicious hot buffet complete with sweet treats and a photo opportunity with Santa, this is bound to be a favorite new holiday tradition. Call for reservations.
Aleathea's Restaurant – Cape May
November 26, 27, December 3, 4 & 10
Take in a delicious breakfast buffet with your family while listening to a Christmas story. Santa will be accepting Christmas lists here!
Alstede Farms – Chester
Feast on an all-you-can-eat breakfast and spend some time with Santa at Alstede Farms' Harvest Hall. Ticket price includes hot cider at check-in, a hay ride with blankets, breakfast, and a photo with Santa. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for InterFaith Food Pantry of Morris County.
Berkeley Heights YMCA – Berkeley Heights
December 9 & 15
Santa drops by the YMCA to pose for holiday photos with the kids. A light breakfast will be served, and kids can make seasonal crafts. Register by December 9th to reserve your spot.
Garden State Discovery Museum – Cherry Hill
Bring your family to enjoy a pancake bar with toppings and beverages in a fun, festive holiday atmosphere. Pre-registration required.
Battleship New Jersey – Camden
Experience a breakfast with Santa like you never have... on a battleship. Your ticket includes a hot breakfast served in the galley of the ship, a chance to win prizes, and a photo with Santa.
Camden Children’s Garden – Camden
December 10 & 17
Enjoy a yummy meal with Santa at the beautiful Camden Children's Garden. Admission price includes buffet breakfast, access to the garden, and a commemorative photo with Santa, along with two free rides and special holiday crafts. Advance reservations required.
Fred & Ethel's Lantern Light Tavern – Absecon
December 10 & 17
Located in the center of Historic Smithville, Fred & Ethel’s Tavern offers great comfort food in a cozy environment. Join them for this holiday event featuring a buffet breakfast and photos with Santa. Reservations are suggested.
Applebee's – Various locations
Applebee's will host its 18th annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser at locations throughout the state. The event helps support the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. In addition to food, guests will receive goodies, raffle tickets for door prizes, and pictures with Santa. Kids under 2 are free. Advance registration is required.
Grace Lutheran Church – River Edge
The third annual Magical Breakfast with Santa, hosted by Bad Girls Good Deeds, includes a photo with Santa, full breakfast with beverages, and many chances to win free door prizes. All proceeds go to the Magic Foundation, an organization that benefits children with growth disorders.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum – Summit
Cookies and cocoa counts as breakfast, right? That's what is on the menu at Reeves-Reed's event, during which visitors meet with Santa in the beautifully decorated historic Wisner House. Holiday portraits will be taken for a fee. No pre-registration required.
Woodlake Country Club – Lakewood
Bring your family to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and a visit from Santa complete with a little gift. The breakfast buffet includes an omelet station, eggs Benedict, cheese blintzes, sausage, and more traditional breakfast fare, PLUS Christmas cookies and ice cream. Reservations required.
Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School – Bridgewater
This holiday celebration features a performance by the school's tap dance company, along with crafts for children, nail and face painting, gifts, and of course a visit with Santa. The venue recommends making reservations by December 7.
Breakfast with Buster Holiday Food & Toy Drive – Lakewood
Join Buster, mascot of the Lakewood BlueClaws, and his good friend Santa Claus for a charitable breakfast. Admission is free, but you’re asked to bring unwrapped toy or non-perishable food with all donations going to the Salvation Army of Ocean County. Complimentary bagels and coffee will be provided.
Santa will be greeting kids at iPlay America on December 11.
iPlay America – Freehold
Take the whole family to iPlay America for breakfast with Santa, and stay for a day of fun. Admission includes a hearty breakfast, complimentary photo, and $5 game card. Seating is limited, and tickets can be purchased online.
The Bernards Inn – Bernardsville
An elegant breakfast buffet, including made-to-order omelets, pancakes and salads, is reason enough to visit The Bernards Inn. A traditional gingerbread house will be on display, as well as holiday treat tables with cookies, cupcakes, and more. Santa will be available to pose for photos with the kids.
Fresh and Fancy Farm – New Milford
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and photo with Santa in the creative and fun atmosphere of Fresh and Fancy Farm. Breakfast includes pancakes with farm-fresh whipped cream, brown sugar honey butter, and maple syrup, along with sausage, fruit, cookies, and beverages.
American Hotel – Freehold
December 11 & 18
Bring your wish list and your appetite to the American Hotel's famous Sunday Brunch with Santa. Reservations required.
Liberty Hall Museum – Union
Liberty Hall will be festively decorated for the holidays, so it's the perfect time to sit down for breakfast and enjoy the beauty of the museum. A hot breakfast buffet and photo in Santa’s sleigh are included. Reservations must be made by December 12.
Renault Winery – Egg Harbor City
Enjoy a brunch buffet and see Santa at Renault Winery, one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the country. The event takes place in the ballroom. Call for reservations.
Originally published 2012. Updated 2016.
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