Sharing a meal with Santa is one of the most popular ways for families to share an extra special Christmas experience. These events often include a special activity, music, crafts and a line-free visit with the big man himself. Some venues will even accommodate special diets if you contact them in advance.
This holiday season, Santa will be sharing breakfast, lunch, dinner, cookies and tea all over Indy. We’ve tried to list them all, but let us know if we missed one!
*Note: Most events require reservations and sell out quickly. Make sure to get your tickets early!*
Maggiano’s Little Italy Indianapolis
Breakfast with Santa offered on November 26 and December 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m. and Santa Arrives at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet will include Muffins, Fresh Fruit, Croissants, Zucchini Bread,Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake, Fran’s Potatoes, Scrambled eggs, French Toast, italian Sausage, and Pancakes. Children can enjoy a meet & greet with Santa as well as an opportunity to create two holiday crafts. Parents are welcome to take photos with personal and phone cameras. Tickets are $25 per person. Children under 2 are free. Purchase tickets online.
Breakfast with Santa is held on Saturdays and Sundays from November 26-December 18 at varying times. Have breakfast, decorate cookies and visit with jolly St. Nicholas himself! Make a day of it and head outdoors for Holiday Adventures where you’ll find Prairietown preparing for the holidays. Ticket prices: $20.95/adult ($17.95/adult member) $11.95/youth ages 2-12 ($8.95/youth member). Tickets can be purchased online.
Dinner with Santa at Conner Prairie is held on Fridays and Saturdays from December 2-17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket prices: $24.95/adult ($22.95/adult member) $13.95/youth ages 2-12 ($11.95/youth member). Tickets can be purchased online.
L.S. Ayres Tea Room and Canal Café at the Indiana State Museum
November 27-December 24
Saturday seatings at 8, 8:30 & 9 a.m.; Sunday seatings at 9, 9:30 & 10 a.m.
Includes a breakfast buffet with Mrs. Claus, a visit with Santa at his holiday home, a ride on the Santa Claus Express and craft activities. Children will be given a goodie bag and museum admission is included. Tickets for Members: Adults $22.50; Children 4-12 $13.75; Children under 4 are free. Non-Member Tickets: Adults $31, Children $22.25; Children under 4 are free. Parking is $5. Reservations required by calling 317.232.1637. Santa photos are available for a fee.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
December 3, 4, 11 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Grab your first meal of the day with Santa! Enjoy a breakfast of scrambled eggs, potatoes, french toast, fruit salad, coffee, juice, hot cocoa, and tea from 8–10 a.m. Share your wish list with a visit to Santa between 8 and 9:15 a.m. Decorate a slide bag, create a paper ornament, and play “Pin the Hat on Jingles.” Visit Jolly Days: Winter Wonderland, and take a ride down the Yule Slide. Don’t forget your cameras! Contact the museum 317-334-4000 for more details. Tickets are $20 for members; $15 for member youths; $25 for nonmembers; $18.50 for nonmember. Tickets can be purchased online.
Compass Park Event Center
Breakfast With Santa Hosted By Girls On The Run Johnson County
December 3 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost at the door is $6 for an adult & $4 for children
Enter at Freemason Pkwy to access the parking lot of the Community Center.
Greenwood Park Mall
Join Greenwood Park Mall for our annual Kidgits’ event, Breakfast with Santa on December 3rd from 8 – 10 AM. Breakfast with Santa includes breakfast, a chance to meet Santa, games, holiday goody bags and much more! Children must be a Kidgits Member to attend. Visit this link to sign up for Kidgits. Register for Breakfast with Santa at this link. *You will need your Kidgits number at check out. This event is free.
The Ville Restaurant Noblesville
Breakfast with Santa, Elves and the Grinch on December 3 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Visit and have breakfast with Santa, Elves, Grinch. Parents bring your cameras.
Pancakes, Breakfast Potatoes, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Milk, OJ, Coffee
$18 Adults (13 & over). $15 Children (12-3 years). Under 2 years old are free. No refunds.
Prairie View Golf Club (Carmel)
Breakfast with Santa December 3 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, french toast sticks, assorted pastries, breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit. Plus, photos with Santa, face painting, cookie decorating, balloon artist, special gift for all of the kids. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. For reservations, call 317-816-3107.
Brownsburg West Middle School
December 3 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
This event is hosted as a fundraiser for the Brownsburg Band and Orchestra, who will be providing live entertainment. The breakfast includes French toast sticks with syrup, scrambled eggs, orange juice, sausage or bacon and coffee or milk. Holiday activities will include an instrument “petting zoo,” cookie decorating, face painting and more. Tickets are $10 per person and all reservations should be made with this form no later than Tuesday, November 29.
Brownsburg Lions Club hosts Santa Breakfast at Arbuckle Acres Park
December 3 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Bundy Lodge
This will be a free photo opportunity for parents and children wishing to take a picture with Santa. Please bring your own camera. Santa will also have time to hear Christmas wishes from the children. Breakfast will be available for purchase. Meals for adults and children 7 and older are $6 each. Children 6 and under are free. Registration is not required for this event.
Natural Valley Ranch
Cookies and Cocoa: Morning and afternoon sessions available on December 3rd and 10th at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Youngsters will enjoy a wintertime visit to the ranch. Cookies and Cocoa will include photos with Santa Claus by the fire, holiday snacks, storytime with Santa, Mrs. Claus or an Elf, and a craft. Activities held indoors. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to a local food pantry. $5 per person 2 years and up. Children 2 and under are free. Register for the December 3rd morning session at this link, and the December 3rd afternoon session at this link. Register for the December 10th morning session at this link, and the December 10th afternoon session at this link.
College Mall in Bloomington
December 3 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Breakfast with Santa to Benefit Monroe County CASA
Seats are limited to be sure to get your tickets today! Breakfast will be provided by Chick-Fil-A. Kids and Parents alike can experience the magic of giving with a $5 recommended donation benefitting Monroe County CASA. It’s free to RSVP, but you must have a ticket to attend. Donations may be made directly to CASA onsite. Register Online.
Brothers Bar & Grill in South Bend
December 3 Three Time Slots for Breakfast with Santa :8:00 a.m.; 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Please join us for Holiday Happenings at Eddy Street Commons on Saturday, December 3rd! The Jolly Old Elf will be making a special visit for boys and girls of all ages to kick-off the holiday season at this family-friendly event. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Brothers Bar and Grill at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Pre-sale tickets are $6 per person with a limited number of tickets available at the door for $10 per person – get them while they last! All attendees must purchase a ticket for the breakfast. Photos with Santa are available for $8 per photo. This event is sponsored by Kroger and Brothers Bar and Grill. Register Online.
USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center in Fort Wayne
December 3 Enjoy this annual event, which features a buffet breakfast, storytime, crafts, games and photos with St. Nicholas. Parking is FREE and located in the USF lot.
Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden in Evansville
December 3 Enjoy a hot breakfast while sharing your list with Santa and taking fun photos. Children will receive treats and make a special holiday craft. Guests will also enjoy animal encounters in Amazonia. Tickets available online only.
William Sonoma at The Fashion Mall Keystone
December 4 Enjoy this festive and luxurious twist on Breakfast with Santa located in Williams Sonoma. Families will have the opportunity to decorate waffles with toppings and enjoy chocolate milk. Santa will make a special appearance during “Santa and Sonoma.” Event is free to attend and an opportunity to provide a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be available. Space is limited, please RSVP to save your spot.
Fishers Parks and Recreation
December 10 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Breakfast with the Grinch is complete with Grinch fingers, Cindy Lou’s sausage, Green Eggs and Ham, juice and water, but this program is far more than a good meal. Parents, we encourage you to bring a camera for this program. The Grinch will be available for photos! Tickets range between $12-$18. Register Online under Program #401203.
St. George Orthodox Church
December 10 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Breakfast with Santa to Benefit Geist Orchard Cooperative Preschool
Guests will enjoy a light and delicious breakfast, holiday activities, an interactive holiday music performance with ShooBeeLoo, and a special visit and digital photo with Santa! $10 per person. Register Online.
Greenwood Community Center
Breakfast with Santa December 10 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Visit with Santa and take your own photo Tickets are $4 members, $5 residents, $6 non-residents and can be purchased online or at the community center.
Breakfast with Santa December 10 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
Join Santa in the Baxter YMCA Pavilion for a delicious pancake breakfast sponsored by McDonald’s. Don’t forget your camera because you’ll be able to snap a quick photo with Santa! Professional photographers will be available if you would like to purchase a photo. Word has it that Santa’s reindeer might make a special appearance too! Cost to Members: $15/Family (2 adults max); $5/person (10 & up); 2 & under FREE. Guests: $6/person; 2 & under FREE. Call (317) 881-9347 to register.
Oakbrook Church in Kokomo
December 10 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join Nadege for their 2nd annual Breakfast with Santa to help restore HOPE to women in Haiti. It will be a magical time for kids as they meet Santa and two of his very special reindeer. They will enter into world full of festive celebration, which will include pictures with Santa, a visit from the Grinch, cookie decorating, face painting and more! Tickets are $10 per person and additional activities are $2 each. Children under 2 are free! All proceeds will go towards building a safe house for women in Haiti. Don’t miss the opportunity to restore HOPE this Christmas! Register Online.
Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center in Indianapolis
December 17 Breakfast with Santa: Children Must Be Present and Be Accompanied By an Adult. No walk-ins. Online registration and confirmation print out is required to attend this event. Deadline to register is November 28, 2016.
Harley-Davidson of Indianapolis
December 17 Brunch will be available from 10:30-2 and photos with Hoosier Santa from Noon to 3. Proceeds benefit Project Lifesaver of Hamilton County. Let us know you are coming! You can RSVP online at Eventbrite.com
Join us for Breakfast with Santa on December 17th, 2016. Choose either the breakfast or lunch seating. Each family will have time to privately meet with Santa. Families are free to take their own photos. Breakfast and lunch menus TBA. Adult Ticket $20; Kid Ticket $15.
Washington Township Park Pavilion Center
Breakfast with Santa December 17 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
$10 per person. RSVP by calling 317-745-0785.
The Sycamore at Mallow Run in Bargersville
Pancakes with Santa December 17
Two Options: Breakfast 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. or Brunch 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Kids of all ages are invited to join us for a delicious breakfast buffet by Ralph & Ava’s Catering, including biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, hash brown casserole and a pancake bar! Juice and coffee will be available as well. There will be fun Christmas crafts for the kiddos, music, a visit from the horses, and, of course, an appearance from Old Saint Nick! Psst, Mom and Dad…the bar will be open and selling Mimosas, Bloody Marys and specialty coffee drinks as well! Adults $25; Children $15; 2 and under are free. Purchase Tickets Online.
Breakfast with Santa at the Abe Martin Lodge
December 18 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. inside Allison Peabody Hall
Join Santa for breakfast and celebrate the holidays in the beautiful Brown County State Park! Call 877.265.6343 to make your reservation. Adults $9.99+tax; children (ages 3-11) $6.99+tax. Under 3 are free.
The Propylaeum: Whoville Brunch Featuring who-else but The Grinch!
December 18: The Grinch is anxious to meet you and your little “who’s” at our Whoville Brunch where you’ll dine on yummy Green Eggs & Ham, Who Hash, Roast Beasts and many more Whoville specialties!! And be sure to bring your camera…you won’t want to miss capturing these special memories! Come tour the seasonally decorated 1890’s Mansion, dine with the Grinch and create a new “who”-liday tradition! Reservations are required. 2 Seating Options – 12:00 pm & 12:45 pm: Please arrive promptly at the start time of your reservation. Visit this link for tickets. For more information, please contact the Indianapolis Propylaeum Main Office at 317.638.7881, option #5.
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