Breakfast with Santa for Philly Families

Santa Events for Kids in Philly for Breakfast, Brunch, and Lunch

There's something special about that moment when children approach Santa Claus with their wish lists in hand at Christmastime. Nervousness, excitement, awe (and sometimes tears!) cover their faces as they wait to tell the big guy how good they've been all year. Families can avoid the long lines at the mall and extend the magical moment a little longer by attending one of many breakfasts with Santa all over the Delaware Valley.

Kids have a chance to enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch as Ol' St. Nick mingles with guests at venues like restaurants, zoos, and even boats! Some events include a professional photo with Santa, while at others, families are welcome to bring their own cameras. Get ready to chow down and make some special holiday memories at one of the many Santa events we've rounded up. Many of these sell out early, so reservations are often recommended.

Battleship New Jersey—Camden, NJ
December 9, 2017
Have breakfast the way sailors once did on the USS New Jersey! This special treat would almost be enough, but there's more! After breakfast, take a tour of the World's Greatest Battleship, have the chance to win prizes and get up close and personal with Santa Claus!

Berkshire Hathway Fox and Roach— Doylestown, PA
December 9, 2017
Back for the fifth year, this annual breakfast with Santa includes a photo with the man himself, as well as a breakfast spread with bagels from Panera Bread, gourmet goodies from Edible Arrangements, and more. There is a Santa's workshop for your little ones to make some magic for Christmas, balloons, and a limited supply of gift bags full of surprises.

Brandywine Zoo—Wilmington, DE
December 9-10, 2017
Combine the allure of Santa and pancakes and you might have a perfect morning. Not only that, you'll get a special chance to meet some new animal friends before the zoo opens. Space is very limited for this event so make your reservations now!

Camden Children's Garden—Camden, NJ
December 9, 16, and 23, 2017
In addition to breakfast with old St. Nick, tickets to this special event in the children's garden include a complimentary ride on the carousel, a chance to hop aboard the train, and holiday crafting fun. Parents may bring their own camera. Reservations and full payment are required to secure your spot.

Elmwood Park Zoo —Norristown, PA
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23, 2017
Santa fun, a holiday craft, animals, and a breakfast buffet! This is one of the most popular events of the year at the Elmwood Park Zoo and slots fill up quickly, so we recommend making reservations today! 

Delaware Museum of Natural History—Wilmington, DE
December 10, 2017
What could be more surprisingly festive than breakfast with Santa in the Coral Reef Canteen? You and your family will enjoy delicious breakfast treats like pancakes and sausage, as well as the chance to have a one of a kind photo op with the big guy in the Nature Nook. Pre-registration is only available for members of the museum

Garden State Discovery Museum—Cherry Hill, NJ
December 9-10, 2017
An ordinary day at the Discovery Museum is already tons of fun, so when you add Santa and pancakes to the mix it's sure to be a hit with all the kids! Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Member discounts do apply.

Longwood Gardens—Kennett Square, PA
Friday-Sunday, starting November 24-December 24, 2017
Savor a special breakfast buffet at the Terrace, and get the chance to have a visit with Santa. With the beautiful holiday trees on full display, you're going to want to break out the camera for this one. 

Phoenixville Country Club, Get Well Gabby Foundation—Phoenixville, PA
December 10, 2017
This Santa-centered event includes a hot buffet breakfast, raffle baskets, and holiday shopping with local vendors. Santa is on hand to mix and mingle with the kids who also get the chance to participate in a holiday craft. Proceeds from this special holiday event go to fund the mission of The Get Well Gabby Foundation to help children with cancer to "get well."

Philadelphia Zoo—Philadelphia, PA
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, 2017
Sometimes, on a chilly day, you need an excuse to remember why the zoo is a great year-round membership. This special breakfast with Santa is one of those times! Bring your own camera or take advantage of the professional photographer services for this photo-shoot with the guest of honor. Photos are available for purchase at the event. Members receive discounted tickets. 

Santa Lunch Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia—Philadelphia, PA
December 9 and 10, 2017
A two-hour cruise with Santa takes breakfast with the big guy to another level. This buffet includes delicious options sure to please both kids and adults, festive decor, and even a DJ!

Springfield Country Club—Springfield, PA
December 10 and 17, 2017
This might be the most decadent breakfast offering available, with prime rib on the menu. Reservations are strongly recommended.

St. Pius X School—Broomall, PA
December 9, 2017
St. Pius X School offers two events in one. First hit up breakfast with Santa (advanced tickets required), then make your way to the St. Pius craft fair featuring handmade crafts and gifts so you can get a head-start on your holiday shopping list. 

Winterthur's Yuletide Brunch with Santa—Wilmington, DE
December 16, 17, and 23. 2017
The magical experience of Winterthur is multiplied with the presence of St. Nick. While you are there, you and the kids get to enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and special one-on-one time with the big guy! Reservations are required and fill up fast.

Looking for more holiday events? Keep an eye on our events calendar for the most up-to-date activity list!

This post was originally published in November of 2015 and updated October 2017 with current information. Photo courtesy of Cait Sumner of Mommy Poppins.

St. Pius X School
204 S. Lawrence Road
19008 Broomall , PA 39° 58' 17.3172" N, 75° 20' 39.0516" W
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd
19401 Norristown , PA 40° 7' 58.0548" N, 75° 20' 18.8484" W
Battleship New Jersey
100 Clinton Street
08103 Camden , NJ 39° 56' 21.7644" N, 75° 7' 59.1528" W
New Jersey
The Brandywine Zoo
100 North Park Drive
19802 Wilmington , DE 39° 47' 13.1928" N, 75° 28' 45.9192" W
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
08003 Cherry Hill , NJ 39° 54' 43.0128" N, 74° 58' 1.254" W
New Jersey
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
08103 Camden , NJ 39° 56' 39.6888" N, 75° 7' 49.854" W
New Jersey
Springfield Country Club
400 W. Sproul Road
19064 Springfield , PA 39° 55' 33.582" N, 75° 21' 1.7244" W
Spirit of Philadelphia
401 S. Columbus Blvd
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 30.9948" N, 75° 8' 31.6068" W
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
19735 Winterthur , DE 39° 48' 31.9572" N, 75° 36' 13.446" W
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
19348 Kennett Square , PA 39° 52' 16.2804" N, 75° 40' 30.558" W
Berkshire Hathaway Fox and Roach Realtors
550 N Main St
18901 Doylestown , PA 40° 19' 25.9464" N, 75° 7' 50.7" W
Phoenixville Country Club
355 Country Club Road
19460 Phoenixville , PA 40° 5' 55.6764" N, 75° 29' 9.3156" W
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W Girard Ave,
19104 Philadelphia , PA 39° 58' 14.4624" N, 75° 11' 42.1404" W
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
18907 Wilmington , DE 39° 47' 53.9268" N, 75° 36' 36.324" W