Eight Places Where Your Kids Can Eat With Santa Claus This Year

Christmas is right around the corner. How do we know this? Because our kids won't stop talking about it. They literally won't give it a rest. They want to know Santa's every move, and they demand an update on how many days are left until Christmas on a daily basis. You know how you feel about going on vacation? Multiply that by fifty, and that's how kids feel about Christmas Day.

Luckily, there are ways to curb children's thirst for Santa before December 25. Many Santa-themed meet and greets for kids are scheduled across South Florida over the course of the next few weeks. Here are a few events where you can expect to find food and the bearded one leading up to Christmas Day.

1. Brunch With Santa
10 a.m. December 10, Cooper City High School, 9401 Stirling Rd., Cooper City.

Children who attend the Cooper City Brunch With Santa event receive a photo with Santa and materials to build their own craft project as well as the chance to participate in holiday games. The event costs $10 for adults and $7 for children.

2. Breakfast With Santa — Emma Lou Olson Civic Center
9 to 11 a.m. December 10, Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach.

Here is your chance to get on Santa's good side before he makes his list and checks it twice. The Emma Lou Olson Civic Center will hold a hot breakfast event this Saturday where families can sit down and dive into some pancakes with Saint Nick. Tickets to this event are $7 per person.

3. Gingerbread Holiday Concert
3 p.m. December 11, Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton.

The Gingerbread Holiday Concert featuring the Lynn University Philharmonia Concert at the Boca Raton Resort & Hotel will take place Sunday, December 11. The concert will include seasonal classics, treats, and pictures with Santa at 2 p.m. For tickets or sponsor info, visit

4. Holiday Hayride and Campfire — T.Y. Park
6 to 9 p.m. December 16, T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood.

For just $3.50, children ages three and up can take a hayride, make some s'mores, and have their pictures taken with Santa (at select hayride nights — check the website to confirm). Each person will be given a bag full of everything they need to make gooey campfire treats. No tickets or registration necessary. Weather permitting.

5. Sundaes With Santa
2 to 4 p.m. December 17, Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, 301 NW 103 Ave., Pembroke Pines.

Santa and his friends invite everyone to enjoy Sundaes With Santa on Saturday, December 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center in Pembroke Pines. Guests will enjoy holiday magic, treats, arts and crafts, and obviously, sundaes with Santa. Tickets cost $6 for Pembroke Pines residents and $8 for nonresidents.

6. Ice Cream Social With Santa
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. December 17, Johnny Tigner Community Center, 445 SW Second St., Deerfield Beach.

Celebrate the holiday with a special event that will feature holiday music, games, crafts, and ice cream with Santa. Family activities will take place throughout the event, so event organizers remind parents not to forget their cameras. In addition to Mr. Claus, Mrs. Claus and the elves will make an appearance. Tickets cost just $2 for adults and $1 for children.

7. Breakfast With Santa — Palm Beach Zoo
8 to 10:30 a.m. December 17 to December 24, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach.

This buffet-style breakfast will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m.,with animal visits to follow. Holiday music, face painting, a craft station, and professional photos with Santa will be available. Take-away gifts will be available to children on a first-come, first-served basis. Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance. Seating is limited.

8. Breakfast With Santa — Wilton Manors
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. December 17, Hagen Park Community Center, 2020 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors.

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a hot pancake breakfast and some holiday family fun on Saturday, December 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hagen Park Community Center. The even will also feature pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, story time, and photo opportunities with jolly old Saint Nick. Tickets to this first-come, first-served event cost $7 for adults and $5 for children. Reservations can be made at Hagen Park Community Center or at the Richard C. Sullivan Library (500 NE 26th St.).
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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