Eating with Santa

Why just settle for a quick lap photo op when you could pound back some pancakes with Santa? There are more than two dozen breakfasts, brunches and lunches (and one dinner!) with Santa Claus this season.

Breakfast with Santa at Lambs Farm

Enjoy brunch with Santa Claus. After brunch, kids will enjoy a variety of crafts and activities, and a photo with Santa. Reservations required. Call (847) 362-5050.

Brunch with Santa

Enjoy a special holiday buffet and meet Mr. Claus. Young guests can have their picture taken with Santa, be entertained by a balloon artist and have their faces painted.

Breakfast with Santa – Morton Arboretum

Enjoy a special breakfast buffet in The Morton Arboretum’s scenic Ginkgo Restaurant and a visit from Santa! Children can interact with Santa and his helpers and leave with some sweet treats to take home.

Brookfield Zoo Holiday Brunch

All-you-can-eat brunch featuring an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, costumed characters and furry creatures, who will be available for photos. Reservations are required.

Brunch with Santa

Includes picture opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, brunch buffet and strolling carolers.

Brunch With Santa

Patrons will have the opportunity to spend the day with Santa while munching on brunch favorites, including Buttermilk Pancakes, classic Eggs Benedict featuring house cured pork belly and more. Guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, a non-profit organization that collects toys for children in need within the local community.

Brunch with Santa

Guests can enjoy the full Shaw’s Crab House brunch experience, plus warm up at the build-your-own hot chocolate bar with many tasty toppings and enjoy a variety of homemade Christmas cookies. Santa and Mrs. Claus stop by to take photos and visit with families.

Breakfast With Santa at Brookfield Zoo

An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with Santa and Mrs. Claus and some special zoo costumed characters. Afterward, visit the zoo’s animals. Reservations are required.

Breakfast with Tomten (Santa)

Event includes a Swedish pancake breakfast, traditional crafts, dancing around the Christmas tree, and a special visit with Tomten. Prepaid reservations are required.

Breakfast with Santa at Chicago Botanic Garden

Event includes a buffet breakfast, visit with Santa, and Wonderland Express exhibition viewing before public hours. Visit the website for ticket information. Runs Dec. 17-18.

Breakfast with Santa

Young ones can personally deliver their Christmas wish lists and families have the opportunity to take their annual Christmas photos before or after a hand-crafted buffet of fluffy pancakes, made-to-order Belgian Waffles, fresh farm omelettes and much more. As an added treat, children will get the opportunity to try their hand at creating a one-of-a-kind gourmet gingerbread house with all the sugary trimmings that they can either bring home or eat on site.

Breakfast with Santa and Sue

Enjoy a buffet breakfast and holiday crafts in the historic Stanley Field Hall. After breakfast, you’ll get to share all of your holiday wishes when you take your picture with Santa and SUE.

Breakfast with Santa

Winnetka Community House’s Matz Hall has been magnificently transformed into a winter wonderland. While enjoying a buffet of bacon, eggs, donuts, milk, juice and more, families will have an opportunity to meet and greet Santa, enjoy a complimentary photo with Old St. Nick, create personalized holiday crafts, and then choose a book to take home from Mrs. Claus’ library. Guests are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for a girl or boy, which will be collected for Toys For Tots.

Breakfast with Santa at the Cafe

Enjoy breakfast with Santa himself while taking in the beautiful grounds of the renovated Glenview Park Golf Club course.

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa

Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, crafts, holiday music and face painting and get photos with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa

Choose the day and time that works best for your family to dine with the jolly old man himself. On Nov. 19, Santa will be at Pinecone Cottage Tea House & Catering (10:15-11:15 a.m.) or Ballydoyle Irish Pub (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and Dec. 6 at Zest Bistro at Lemon Tree Grocer (10:15-11:15 a.m.) and Emmett’s Ale House (11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.). Santa will be in his Gingerbread House afterward from 1-4 p.m.

Donuts with Santa

While Sipping hot chocolate, parents and children decorate delicious donuts provided by Naperville’s own DeEtta’s Bakery, participate in a holiday story told by Santa and take pictures with the man in red.

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a pancake breakfast and visit with Santa. Bring cameras to capture holiday memories.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus Storytelling

Parents and children will gather in the food court as Mrs. Claus prepares to read a holiday story. After story time is over, eager children will wake up Santa for a complimentary catered breakfast.

Breakfast with Santa

Bring the entire family to have breakfast with Santa Claus. Enjoy a meal that includes scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes. Kids can take pictures and tell Santa what’s on their list.

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a full breakfast buffet with Santa and his helpers. Children will have the opportunity to participate in holiday activities, such as storytelling and crafts. Nancy Gee, an award-winning children’s author, will make her book “The Secret Drawer” come to life as she reads it aloud to children and parents. Proceeds from this annual event benefit the young patients and families served by Advocate Children’s Hospital.

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy breakfast, photos with Santa, a theater production by Resurrection College Prep High School students, Christmas arts and crafts, face painting and a special gift for each child.

Shedd Holiday Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast and hot chocolate, a screening of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Polar Express 4-D Experiences and a meet-and-greet with Santa. Afterward, explore Shedd’s children’s exhibit, Polar Play Zone, and finish your special day with reserved seats to the aquatic presentation, One World.

Santa’s Brunch at White Pines

Visit and have a photo taken with Santa, join in holiday craft activities, and play games. The main buffet selections include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, baked French toast, breakfast casserole, fruit display and salad bar. The special kid-size buffet will have favorites such as pizza, pigs in a blanket, pancakes, macaroni and cheese, tator tots, and fruit salad. Teservations are required.

Julmiddag: Family Christmas Dinner

Festive and traditional Swedish Christmas Smörgåsbord is catered by Tre Kronor. Includes julklappar (gifts) for children from Tomten, a Lucia procession, and dancing around the tree.

Breakfast with Santa at Soldier Field

Families can feast on a fantastic holiday breakfast and visit with Santa to share some of their wishes. Plus, decorate holiday cookies, check out the “pocket-carnival” group and a train display from yesteryear, and bring a hand-made ornament to enter in the contest and place on the Stadium Holiday Tree. All hand-made ornaments will be judged by members of the Payton family. Bring an unwrapped gift for the Walter & Connie Peyton Foundation toy drive.

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast includes lots of festivity, including songs and photos with the big “guy in red.” Outdoors, sleigh rides around the grounds will get everyone in the holiday spirit.

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