There's no better way to meet and greet Old St. Nick himself than with a hearty morning meal. Many places around Long Island are offering breakfast and brunch with Santa, which include many favorite sweets and holiday treats. These are great photo opportunities, so don't forget your camera. Here, a few of the many places you can dine with Santa Claus on LI:
Saturday, Dec. 3 (and Saturday, Dec.10 and Dec. 17)
WHERE | WHEN Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh Street, Garden City; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
INFO $29.95 (free up to age 2); gardencityhotel.com
Sit down with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Santa's helpers for a morning meal and photos. An elf-sized buffet will feature traditional breakfast favorites with special surprises for the youngest guests.
Sunday, Dec. 4
WHERE | WHEN Danfords Hotel & Marina, 25 East Broadway, Port Jefferson; seating at 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.; and 3:30 p.m.
INFO $34.95 for adults; $19.95 for children under 12, and free for children under age 4, plus tax and gratuity
The celebration will include Christmas carols, story telling and a special visit from Santa Claus. Brunch includes complimentary mimosas and Bloody Marys for the grown-ups.
WHERE | WHEN Prince of Peach Regional School, 200 W. Main St., Sayville; 10-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
INFO $5 adults, $6 children; 631-589-3426
Enjoy a morning meal with Santa; registration is required.
WHERE | WHEN Medford Fire Department, 171 Oregon Ave., Medford; 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon
INFO $7 adults, $3 children up to age 10, free for infants; 631-987-2411
Door prizes, raffles and pictures with Santa along with a breakfast.
Saturday, Dec. 10
WHERE | WHEN Thrifty Deli and Caterers, 1735 Julia Goldbach Ave., Ronkonkoma; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
INFO free; 631-981-2418
Fundraiser to benefit Toys for Tots. Free breakfast for anyone who brings in a new, unwrapped toy. Enjoy pictures with Santa, goody bags for kids, face painting, make your own sundae and more.
Sunday, Dec. 11
WHERE | WHEN Constantino Brumidi Lodge, 2075 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park; 9:30 a.m. - noon
INFO $7, children up to age 5 are free; 631-539-9113; parksonsofitalyli.com
This breakfast features crafts, photos with Santa and more, presented by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Constantino Brumidi Lodge ∑.
Saturday, Dec. 10 (Sunday, Dec. 11, Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18)
WHERE | WHEN A Taste of Home Bakery, 1992 North Jerusalem Rd., North Bellmore; 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
INFO 14.95 for ages 12 and up, $9.95 ages 3-11, and $3 for under age three; 516-486-1670; atasteofhomebakery.com
Breakfast with Santa includes a full breakfast – beverage, choice of entrée for adults and children 3 and over (smaller portions for children 3-11). Children will receive a gift from Santa.
Saturday, Dec. 17
WHEN | WHERE The Cupcake Corner, 61 New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City; 8:30-11:30 a.m.
INFO Reservations are required, pricing is dependent upon what is ordered for breakfast; 516-328-2253; thecupcakecornergc.com
Enjoy breakfast with Santa, take photos and receive a reindeer craft to complete. Menu options include traditional breakfast foods and holiday favorites such as hot cocoa made on premises, egg nog and chocolate peppermint Christmas cupcakes.
Sunday, Dec. 18
WHERE | WHEN Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead; 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
INFO $34.95, $29.95 for children 3-12 and seniors 62 and up; 631-208-9200; longislandaquarium.com
Say hello to their mascots, savor a hot buffet breakfast, and take a family photo with Santa. (Be sure to bring your camera.) Enjoy an educational program and make a special holiday craft, too.
WHERE | WHEN Mill Pond Golf Course, 300 Mill Rd., Medford; 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
INFO $22.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 5-10; 631-320-0061
Join in for breakfast with Santa and participate in a hot breakfast buffet, Christmas carols and Santa. Reservations are required.