The Top 5 Places in NYC to Dine With Santa (and Skip the Line)

Skip the long line! No need to wait to see Santa in a busy crowd, why not instead head to a luxury brunch to dine with the big man himself? From dining with gorgeous city views on a cruise, lavish spreads with tea, to experiences ending with some amazing ice skating, there’s no shortage of incredible Breakfast with Santa options in the New York City. Read on for our top 5 places for a magical breakfast with Santa in NYC.

1. Breakfast with Santa at Rockefeller Center

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Photo: The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Enjoy breakfast under the twinkling lights of the Rockefeller Christmas tree, while watching ice skaters twirl on the famous rink – it doesn’t get more New York then this! An experience here includes a beautiful brunch feast, chocolate fountains and scrumptious treats. Kids receive a special commemorative gift, and even better – families get to bypass the line and enjoy VIP admittance to the famous skating rink. A Christmas dream come true in New York city’s most iconic holiday destination.

Dining options available at two restaurants: The Sea Grill, 19 West 49th Street. The Rock Center Café, 20 West 50th Street. NYC. Reservations required.

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2. Rawther Fancy Lunch with Santa at the Plaza Hotel

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Photo: The Plaza Hotel

Children will be tickled pink to have high tea with Santa and Eloise! Have an Eloise fan? Bring them to celebrate with Santa at the “Rawther Fancy” Lunch with Santa at the Plaza Hotel. Enjoy pink (!) hot chocolate along with assorted child approved favorites such as chicken tenders, pommes frites, and pasta with parmesan cheese; sweet treats such as holiday cookies, mini s’mores, and cupcakes will also be served! Children then have an opportunity to write a letter to Eloise, spend some time with Santa on his knee, and hear him read a story. Package includes a gift bag as well as $10 gift certificate towards purchases at the on-site Eloise store.

Eloise at the Plaza. Located in the lower level of the Plaza Hotel. 768 5th Avenue NYC. Reservations required.

3. Breakfast with Santa at Macy’s

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Photo: Stella 34 Trattoria

It would be a miracle for a family to survive the wait to see the iconic Santa on 34th Street, where the incredibly long lines are almost as famous as Santa himself. A much better (and tastier) option would be to book the Stella 34 Trattoria Breakfast with Santa, located at the beautiful restaurant on the 6th floor of the department store. The restaurant offers stunning floor to ceiling windows, ample space, and most importantly, absolutely no waiting! A delicious Italian breakfast with a choice of options, plentiful time with Santa, a keepsake photo, and takeaway treats are all included in this sweet Santa package.

Stella 34 Trattoria. Located on the 6th Floor of Macy’s. 151 West 34th Street NYC. Reservations Required.

4. Breakfast with Santa Cruise aboard the Zephyr Yacht

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Photo: Circle Line Cruise

What better way to celebrate then on a cruise with incredible city views? The Zephyr Yacht is getting in the holiday spirit with a beautiful breakfast with santa experience. Fun filled breakfast includes a food buffet, interactive games, a spinning DJ and jolly dancing! Holiday movies will be playing on all screens, and child-friendly activities will be sure to keep all busy. But the real treat – The Zephyr features two fully-heated enclosed decks with sprawling views that can’t be beat.

Zephyr Yacht. Operated by Water Taxi. Boards on Pier 16, South Street Seaport. Reservations required.

5. Santa’s Winter Workshop at the Conrad Hotel

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Photo: Conrad Hotel New York

Santa’s holding a Winter Workshop series at the Conrad hotel’s Atrio Restaurant and Wine Bar. A buffet of special sweet treats and sandwiches will be offered from the restaurants chefs. Warm up and a build your own hot chocolate bar – where you can sprinkle your own toppings to make your own tasty cocoa creation. The Children’s Museum of the Arts will be on hand with arts and crafts – including a print-your-own tote bag station. Santa will be on hand for photos, and ample time for the kids to detail their special Christmas lists.

Atrio Restaurant and Wine Bar. Located at the Conrad Hotel. 102 North End Ave NYC. Reservations required.

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