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!

Dec. 19

Brunch With Santa and Donate a Toy
WHEN | WHERE 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Porto Vivo Restaurant, 7 Gerard St., Huntington, 631-385-8486,

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.

Dec. 18

Breakfast With Santa

WHEN | WHERE 10 and 11:45 a.m., also Dec. 19, at the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead

INFO $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for kids 3 to 12 and seniors older than 62, free younger than 2; prices include all-day admission to the aquarium and service charge; 631-208-9200, ext. 426,


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.

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Dec. 19

Brunch With Santa 

WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. seatings at Villa Lombardi's, 877 Main St., Holbrook

INFO $30.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids 3 to 10, younger than 3 free; 631-471-6609,


DETAILS Same as Lombardi's on the Bay and Lombardi's on the Sound 

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Dec. 24

Skate With Santa

WHEN | WHERE 9:30 a.m. to noon at United Skates of America, 1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford

INFO $12, free for nonskating children younger than 2; admission includes skate rental and breakfast; tickets must be purchased in advance; 516-795-5474,

DETAILS Santa's elves will cater a bagel breakfast while Santa poses for photos and roller skates with visitors.

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Beth Whitehouse contributed to this story.