Holiday time is all about family and traditions, and there’s nothing more cherished than those memorable experiences created with our children, year after year. I’m going to admit I’m a little bit crazy, but I keep a list of each place visited during the holiday season, and repeat them on an annual basis.
I know my kids will remember these moments forever, just like I carry those similar special times when I too was a child. This year, it feels as if we’re off to a head start, with Thanksgiving falling earlier in the month, and I couldn’t be happier to extend the festivities, especially since we live in the heart of New York City.
One tradition that started when Ryder was only two years old was Breakfast with Santa, at Rockefeller Center. We’ve returned year after year, primarily because its a great way to kick off the holidays.
Breakfast with Santa takes place in the the Rock Center Cafe, or The Sea Grill. Rock Center is geared more for children, while The Sea Grill tends to be more upscale. The family-style breakfast includes a brioche french toast, scrambled eggs, breakfast pastries, applewood-smoked bacon, gingerbread men, with complimentary mimosas and bloody mary’s for the “big kids”.
Before we dig in, two little elves come to your table, and escort you to meet Santa. Inside Santa’s little workshop, kids can tell the Big Guy what they’d like for Christmas, take a photo, and even receive a toy and personalized ornament bearing their names.. As if that weren’t enough, there is a table full of sweets, for kids to indulge.
After our bellies are full, we lace up our skates and hit the ice. With the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree right above, and the occasional siting of Santa himself on the ice, there is no mistaking the time of year!
One of the coolest perks of breakfast with Santa is that you skip the long lines waiting to get on the ice. Staff escorts you through a special entrance, directly onto into the rink! I love watching how much more confident Ryder, Siella, and Gemma have grown on the ice over the years. I think Gemma gets the prize this season for most improved!
After an hour or so on the ice, we browse the streets around Rockefeller Center peeking in to the store windows and visiting the nearby shops to get some ideas for Christmas gifts. What a day! Whether you live in the NYC area, or visiting from out of town, Breakfast with Santa at Rock Center is truly a treat for the whole family. Tickets are available now through Christmas Eve!