Breakfast With Santa

When Ryder was just a year and half old, we started a holiday tradition of going to Breakfast with Santa, at Rockefeller Center. Like it was yesterday, I can remember my friend Melissa and I walking in for the first time with our tiny little boys for a super fun morning with St. Nick and some ice skating. The boys couldn’t skate but holding them up, as they stumbled around the ice was half the fun!

The subsequent year we went yet again, this time with Ryder’s bestie Luke, and there was our annual tradition. Even after the girls came into the picture, we’ve made it year after year, missing on the 2016 Christmas season, due to the flu. Since it had been 2 years, I can’t tell you how excited I was to head back last Monday with my gang!

Breakfast with Santa take place in the the Rock Center Cafe, or The Sea Grill. Over the years, we’ve experienced both. Rock Center is geared more for children with the Santa experience, while The Sea Grill is a bit more upscale. The family-style Breakfast includes a brioche french toast, scrambled eggs, breakfast pastries, applewood-smoked bacon, gingerbread men and more. Before the kiddies dig into their breakfast, two little elves escort us to meet Santa. Inside Santa’s little workshop, kids can tell Santa what they’d like for Christmas, before taking a photo. On the way out, the elves hand out little toys, as the kids fill little goodie bags from the table full of sweet treats.

After our bellies were full, we laced up our skates and hit the ice. The iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree is right above, and Santa himself is on the ice, showing off his moves. All three kids can sort of skate on their own, so our backs got a little break, rather than hunching over to support them! It’s so cool that ice skating is included with Rockefeller Center’s breakfast with Santa, because there’s no need to wait on the long skating line. You walk right out a special entrance, onto into the rink!

This was such a treat for us, and now that the kids are older, I know they will remember it. There is no doubt that we are definitely in the holiday spirit!! And ps – there is still time to book!

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21 thoughts on “Breakfast With Santa”

  1. One of most favorite memories of Christmas when I was a kid! I’m glad it’s still an ongoing thing. To see the kids get excited to meet Santa is so magical! Looks like your kids had a lot of fun!

  2. What a great family tradition that your kids will look back on with so many amazing memories! It’s what Christmas is about as parents, making the magic.

  3. Skating at Rockefeller Center is really a lot of fun especially after a great breakfast. I have not been skating yet this year but hopefully this week while the kids are off.

  4. That’s really awesome! I’m sure it’s a memory that the kids will keep for the rest of their lives. It’s definitely a good tradition to keep.

  5. Seriously what a great tradition! Making it a special event makes it even better each year and as the kids grow out of Santa you can grow the tradition to mean other things.

  6. Oh what fun! I love this tradition, and wish we lived somewhere that it was colder and had some snow for the kids as well. Well, maybe just visit somewhere colder lol

  7. Such a fun thing to do, with the backdrop of the big city! It looks like a fun time. I hope to get to NYC someday at Christmas!

  8. This looks like such a fun family tradition. I have never taken my kids ice skating and we need to do that sometime soon! Chicago has a good outdoor rink.

  9. I love that your older one will still take his picture with Santa. Breakfast with Santa sounds great. I have a friend in NYC who has a very little one. So this might be something that would be good for her next year. It looks very magical.

  10. Cara @ Street Smart Nutrition

    I just can’t believe how big and beautiful that Christmas tree is! It really is a breathtaking sight in pictures and I have no doubt that in real life it was even more impressive

  11. What a great family outing. We love going and seeing Santa with the kids. So magically. I am loving the winter photos you shared. Looks cold but you guys sure do look cozy. This time of the year is full of great events like this. Memories made!

  12. Looks like everyone had a great time and what a wonderful tradition to do with your kids every year. I know they will remember when they are older and have their own kids someday.

  13. This is such an awesome tradition!! I love it! I must try this the next time we make it to NYC . . . I think my Kiddies would love it.

  14. This looks like a wonderful family holiday tradition! We would love to get back to New York for Christmas time again but haven’t in awhile because our youngest daughter is just two years old. These Arizona girls would be freezing!

  15. This looks like such a fun family tradition! We’ve got a little one of our own this year and I’ve found it fun to learn about what others do with their kids. I’d love to see NYC at Christmas time in the future!

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