The holidays are a time for family gatherings, events, and meals, and having brunch with Santa combines all three of them. These events usually coincide with a venue’s typical Sunday brunch buffet or are scheduled as a special holiday event. Though brunches with Santa may vary from venue to venue, here are a few things you can expect from the experience.
1. The Santa Experience
Since Santa, of course, will be attending the brunch, you can expect to get that quintessential visit with Santa experience. He’ll be there, decked out in his red suit ready to hand out candy and hear all about the kids’ Christmas wish lists. There are also usually pictures with Santa and any of his elves — if they aren’t too busy building toys of course.
2. A Holiday-Themed Atmosphere
Another thing you can expect from having brunch with Santa is a holiday-themed atmosphere. It’s not uncommon for the brunch venue to decorate for the holidays, complete with a tree, lights, and other festive decor. Brunch dishes and drinks might also have a holiday theme, and some venues play traditional Christmas music to complete the experience.
3. A Family-Friendly Buffet Menu
What’s probably most appealing about brunch to begin with is the menu, but for brunches with Santa you’ll be sure to find something for the whole family. Half breakfast, half lunch, brunches typically feature traditional breakfast dishes like eggs and bacon, but also have lunch favorites like hamburgers. Since these events are usually centered around the kids, you’ll find kid-friendly dishes like macaroni and cheese as well as items for the adults like raw seafood and cocktails.
4. To Give Back
The holidays are a time for giving, and not just to those you know. Another thing you can expect from having brunch with Santa is the opportunity to give back in the holiday spirit. Many brunch venues run some sort of drive for charity. In some cases it might be a toy drive to benefit a cause like Toys for Tots or a non-perishable food drive for a local food pantry.
Since these events usually take place on select Sundays in December, it’s worth calling ahead to the venue to make a reservation to ensure that your family gets a place at the table.