You know he's going to stuff himself down the chimney (or however he gets in) on Christmas Eve, but that's not for a few weeks. If the family needs a fix now - and a break from cooking - consider going out for a breakfast, brunch or lunch with Santa. Just be sure to make reservations because they may be booked!
INFO $17 a person for a 2-course prix-fixe menu; $8 for kids 8-12 ordering from the children's menu, free for kids younger than 8. Reservations required.
DETAILS Let the kids go over their wish list with Santa and do a good deed at the same time - kids are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy that Santa will deliver to children at Huntington Hospital's Dolan Family Health Center. The Dolan Center provides medical services to the uninsured and underinsured.
Breakfast With Santa
DETAILS Say hello to the aquarium's mascots, take a photo with Santa and enjoy a hot buffet. Organizers are planning a horse and carriage ride in the back parking lot. Bring an unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item for the needy.
Brunch With Santa
INFO $30.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids 3 to 10, younger than 3 free; 631-471-6609, villalombardis.com
DETAILS Same as Lombardi's on the Bay and Lombardi's on the Sound
Skate With Santa
INFO $12, free for nonskating children younger than 2; admission includes skate rental and breakfast; tickets must be purchased in advance; 516-795-5474, unitedskates.com/seaford
DETAILS Santa's elves will cater a bagel breakfast while Santa poses for photos and roller skates with visitors.
Beth Whitehouse contributed to this story.