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.
Want more time with Santa? Book your ticket on a Christmas train ride. And for more seasonal activities, check out our Holiday Fun Guide.
Breakfast with Santa – Cape May
Saturdays and Sundays, November 25 – December 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.
Santa's Snack and Swim – West Berlin
December 2, 9, 16 & 23
Splish splash with Santa at Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Waterpark. Dine on an expansive buffet of cereal, donuts, bagels, waffles and French toast sticks, then slip on swimsuits to take a dip with Jolly St. Nick. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the waterpark's slides, pools and lazy river.
Aleathea's Restaurant – Cape May
November 25, December 2-3, 9-10
Take in a delicious breakfast buffet with your family while listening to a Christmas story. Santa will be accepting Christmas lists here!
Fresh & Fancy Farms – New Milford
December 2 & 3
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and photo with Santa in the creative and fun atmosphere of Fresh & Fancy Farms. Breakfast includes pancakes with fresh whipped cream, brown sugar honey butter, and maple syrup; along with sausage, fruit, cookies, and beverages.
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
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.
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 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 9, 16 & 23
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 9 & 16
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.
The Mansion on Main Street — Voorhees
December 9 &16
Have a jolly time with Santa and Mrs. Claus at an enchanting children’s holiday brunch buffet. Set up in a beautiful ballroom, the culinary display will wow the entire family. Brunch includes a photo with Santa. Call for reservations.
Applebee's – Various locations
Applebee's will host its 19th 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 reservations are required.
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.
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.
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 an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food, with all donations going to the Salvation Army of Ocean County. Complimentary bagels and coffee will be provided.
Lake Mohawk Country Club – Sparta
Holiday games, storytime, and a craft await at this holiday event hosted by the Junior Woman's Club of Sparta. Enjoy a special visit and photo opportunity with Santa while dining on Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, gourmet sausage, applewood smoked bacon, assorted muffins and bagels, seasonal fruit, fresh juice, and cocktails from the cash bar. Advance registration is 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.
Nassau Inn — Princeton
Put on your Sunday best for an upscale breakfast buffet that includes one-on-one time with Santa, a professional photo, songs, holiday activities, and a special treat from the big guy himself. Moms and dads, there will be a cash bar for mimosas, Bloody Marys, beer, and wine. Cheers!
The Pop Shop — Medford
December 10 & 16
Bring the family to meet and greet Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy a festive breakfast buffet. Eggs benedict, biscuits, and bacon will be on the menu at this kid-friendly and quirky comfort food restaurant, as well as gluten-free and allergen-friendly foods (advance request required).
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Santa will be greeting kids at iPlay America on December 10.
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 spectacular 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.
American Hotel – Freehold
December 10 & 17
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 a photo in Santa’s sleigh are included. Reservations must be made by December 12.
Originally published 2012. Updated 2017.
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