Out of all the holiday traditions to fill the season, the chance to meet Santa and share their wish lists is one of the most memorable for kids. Couple this with a delicious breakfast and you have a new favorite Yuletide tradition for the whole family. Attend these holiday breakfasts with Santa, happening around Virginia, to make this a season they won’t soon forget.
Brunch with Santa at Cooper’s Landing Inn
Date: December 1, 2018
The annual Brunch with Santa at Cooper’s Landing Inn is a seasonal event the whole family will love. Even the food is festive, with Reindeer pancakes, eggnog French toast, and peppermint hot chocolate. Enjoy your meal by the toasty 1830’s wood stove or dine next to one of the 14 uniquely decorate Christmas trees. In addition to the $15 entry fee, which includes a picture with Santa in a special holiday memory folder, the Inn asks that each child brings a toy to donate to local families in need. They will match the amount of toys collected to bring even more holiday cheer to those families. Reservations are recommended.
Boar’s Head Resort Breakfast with Santa—Charlottesville
Bring the kids to Boar’s Head Resort any Saturday in December before Christmas for their annual Breakfast with Santa event. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the resort to see their gorgeous holiday decor and lights, get holiday photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, then enjoy a buffet-style gourmet breakfast prepared by Boar’s Head Resort’s Chef Dale and his culinary team. Tickets are free for children under five, $20 per child five and up, and $40 per adult (gratuity not included).
Louisa County’s Breakfast with Santa—Louisa
Date: December 8, 2018
Join Santa at the Betty Queen Center in Louisa County for a delightful breakfast, complete with all your favorite foods, including heaping stacks of fluffy pancakes and crisp bacon. Parents can take their own photos of the kids with Santa and his helpers as they tell him what is on their wish list this year. The breakfast costs $8 for one adult and child pair, and $3 for each additional person from that family.
SPCA’s Pictures with Santa—Martinsville
Date: December 8, 2018
Although not a holiday breakfast event, the SPCA’s Pictures with Santa in Martinsville is great for those looking to celebrate the season with their four-legged family members. Pets get their picture taken with Santa, with professional services offered by Dawson Photography, and owners have the option to purchase 5×7 prints for $10 each. If you’re interested in adding to your family, you can also visit with the pets up for adoption during the event. While appointments are available ahead of time, walk-ins are also welcome.
Breakfast with Santa at the Mariners’ Museum and Park—Newport News
Dates: December 8 & 15, 2018
The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News welcomes guests to their annual Breakfast with Santa, which features a full mouthwatering menu of pancakes, fresh seasonal fruit, bacon, sausage, and much more. After dining and taking photos with Santa, kids have the chance to do a little holiday crafting, with activities like making their own ornaments. The $12 general entry fee includes all of this, plus admission to the museum for the entire day. Children two years old and under are free.
Breakfast with Santa at Eileen’s Bakery—Fredericksburg
Dates: December 2 & 9, 2018
Eileen’s Bakery offers several dates for their Breakfast with Santa celebration, as well as two seating times for each date. The breakfast buffet is an absolute feast, with tasty dishes like pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and home fries. Kids can decorate their own pancakes in holiday-themed edible treats and finish off their meal with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Get pictures of the kids with Santa as they share their wish list, then capture the excitement as he gives each child a surprise present. Breakfast is $23.99 for adults, $17.99 for kids under 13, and free for kids one and under.
Graves’ Mountain Lodge Breakfast with Santa—Syria
Date: December 8, 2018
At Graves’ Mountain Lodge Breakfast with Santa, kids will have opportunity to visit with Santa, share their wish list, and take a memorable photo. Virginia breakfast favorites like bacon and sausage links, biscuits and gravy, grits, fried apples, eggs, and pancakes are all on the menu for just $11.95 per adult, with children 17 and under half price.
Breakfast with Historic Santa—Manassas
Date: December 8, 2018
If you’re looking for a unique take on Santa, make plans to attend the Breakfast with Historic Santa event, held at the Old Manassas Courthouse. This Santa commemorates one of the original depictions of Santa, illustrated by artist Thomas Nast in 1862. Santa’s uniform resembles the American flag, as Nast drew him giving gifts to U.S. soldiers in their camps near Fredericksburg. During the breakfast, children will have the opportunity to take pictures with this historic Santa, share their wish lists, and make authentic 19th century Christmas decorations to take home. Reservations are required, and the event is $20 for ages six and older and $10 for children younger than five.
Brunch with Santa at The Boathouse at Sunday Park—Midlothian
Dates: December 9, 16, 22 & 23, 2018
During the holiday season, Santa brunches at The Boathouse at Sunday Park, where guests can join him for a buffet brunch, picturesque views, and after the meal, pictures with Santa. Reservations can be made by calling 804-744-2545; tickets are @29.95 for adults, $18.95 for children 3-12, and free for children under three. Additionally, The Boathouse at Sunday Park offers Dinner with Santa on select dates.
Breakfast with Santa at the Founders Inn & Spa—Virginia Beach
Founders Inn & Spa goes all out with holiday decorations, illuminating the trees outside in twinkling lights. Head inside for the Breakfast with Santa, where children can take pictures with Santa in front of a 32-foot tall, gorgeously decorated Christmas tree. Enjoy breakfast at the Swan Terrace Grill, followed by fun holiday entertainment, including a balloon artist and face painting at no extra fee. The inn also offers a Santa Slumber Party on select dates, complete with a personalized letter from Santa and turndown service with milk and cookies. Reservations are required; breakfast is $29.95 per person.
Salamander Resort & Spa Brunch with Santa—Middleburg
Dates: December 8, 15, & 22, 2018
Visit with Santa and his elves while enjoying a huge brunch spread at Salamander Resort & Spa’s Winter Wonderland. The resort transforms their expansive ballroom into Santa’s Workshop for the season, where you can make your own holiday keepsake at their design station. And of course, there will be photo opportunities with Santa himself for the kids and the whole family.
Where do you take your kids to get pictures with Santa during the holidays? Share a few suggestions in the comments below!