Breakfast with Santa is a holiday tradition for many Rochester area families — so much so that several seatings for the popular events have already sold out. The good news is that there are a few new options this year.
The festivities planned for the City of Rochester Holiday Village — an inaugural event that will offer family friendly activities including Santa’s workshop, free ice skating, food, shopping and more for 11 days in December — will include several breakfasts with the jolly old elf.
In addition, Casa Larga Vineyards in Perinton has started a brunch with Santa — complete with mimosas for parents. Kids will watch Santa’s arrival on a tractor through the large windows overlooking the vineyards.
And kids who may be getting a little too old for crafts and Santa may be thrilled to go to an event at Dave & Busters, where they can play with hundreds of video games and simulators.
Here are six of the Rochester-area options for breakfast with Santa.
Rochester Holiday Village Breakfast with Santa
The Rochester Holiday Village Breakfast with Santa will take place on both floors of a double-decker tent at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square, 353 Court St. It will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 and 23.
The events will begin with a story time with Santa, followed by a breakfast buffet, crafts and visits with Santa. The buffet will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice, apple juice, milk, chocolate milk, hot cocoa, coffee, muffins and more.
The cost is $35 for one adult, along with up to two children ages 3 to 15. Children two and under are free. The surcharges for additional guests in each party are:
• $8 per additional child up to 10 years old
• $12 per additional child 10 to 15 years old
• $15 per additional adult
Purchase tickets online at rocholidayvillage.com/breakfast-with-santa.
Brunch with Santa at Casa Larga Vineyards
Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road in Perinton, will hold Brunch with Santa, a new holiday event, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.
Families will enjoy a buffet that will include French toast and toppings, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt bar, scrambled eggs, sliced ham, pasta marinara, home fries, a coffee station and mimosas for the adults.
Kids will watch Santa arrive on a tractor through large windows overlooking the vineyards. They will then have the chance to sit on Santa’s lap and send a letter to the North Pole. At the end, children will take home a goody bag. Everyone will be invited to join in on a classic Christmas sing-along.
Tickets are $29.99 for adults and $19.99 for children under 12. Tickets are available in advance online at casalarga.com, at Wegmans and at the door.
Dave & Buster’s Holly Jolly Breakfast with Santa
Dave & Buster’s in the Marketplace Mall will hold its breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
The buffet, $19.99 per person, will include scrambled eggs, sausage patties, bacon, roasted red potatoes, bagels, mini Belgian waffles and beverages. Bring your cameras to take photos with Santa, who will be available for most of the morning.
Guests will have have exclusive access to Dave & Buster’s before it opens to the public. Guests will receive a $10 Power Card, which is good for all of the games in the Million Dollar Midway, which is packed with hundreds of games and simulators. The card also will include unlimited play that day for the video games that do not dispense tickets or toys. Guests will be welcome to stay at Dave & Buster’s past the event end time.
Dave & Buster’s is at 15 Miracle Mile Drive in Henrietta. Tickets are available online at eventbrite.com or call (585) 417-4306.
Christmas with Santa at Springdale Farm
Springdale Farm, 700 Colby St., Spencerport, will hold Christmas With Santa breakfasts on three Saturday mornings: Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 and 8. Each day will have seatings at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and at noon.
Families will be served a pancake and sausage breakfast, along with coffee, juice and milk. Families will visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before heading to a children’s crafts area. Guests are welcome to enjoy a petting zoo on the farm; a shuttle to the barn is available.
Buy tickets, $9 per person, at any area Wegmans. Children under age 1 are free and must sit on adults’ laps. Tickets will be sold at the door if available; some seatings have sold out.
Breakfast with Santa at Seneca Park Zoo
The Seneca Park Zoo Society will host Breakfast with Santa Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16, with seatings at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. (All 10 a.m. seatings have already sold out.)
Guests will enjoy a hot breakfast buffet in the Rocky Coasts Gallery, which offers views of the sea lions and polar bear. Children will also make holiday crafts, have up-close encounters with animals and visit with Santa. Following the breakfast, guests are welcome to explore the zoo.
Tickets are $19.50 for adults; $14.50 for children 3 and older; and $5 for ages 2 and under. Children will go home with a commemorative ornament. The event is a fundraiser for the zoo.
Tickets are available online at senecaparkzoo.org.
Breakfast with Santa at Red Fedele’s Brook House
A 41-year-old Greece institution, Red Fedele’s Brook House is known for its abundant, festive Christmas decorations, inside and out. They will serve as a fitting setting for a breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15. Children will make crafts and Santa will be on hand for photos.
The buffet breakfast is $22 for adults and $18 for children.
Red Fedele’s Brook House is at 920 Elmridge Center Dr. in Greece. Prepaid reservations are required; the event usually sells out well in advance. For reservations, visit the restaurant or call (585) 723-9988.