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
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, atlantismarineworld.com
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
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, 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.