Eat Lunch, Brunch, or Breakfast with Santa in the Southwest Suburbs: Christmas 2018

Have you ever wanted to share a meal with jolly old St. Nicholas? This list would impress even the most cheerful elf at the North Pole! Whether it’s pizza, pancakes, or a full buffet, here are some chances to meet Santa for a meal (and often, pose for a photo, too). Most of these events require pre-registration and many fill up quickly, so be sure to make your plans early!

Where to Eat with Santa in the Southwest Suburbs 2018

Teddy Bear Tea at Rialto Square Theatre (Joliet)
November 23, 2018 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Come enjoy a special brunch featuring delicious food and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Children will receive a keepsake Rialto bear with each booking. $25 for adults and $22.50 for children.

Breakfast with Santa (Lemont)
December 1, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Visit with Santa while you enjoy breakfast, games, and a craft! $10-$15 admission.

Santa Luncheon (Midlothian)
December 1, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come enjoy a day of fun with a parade, drinks, and food donated by Bartolini’s Restaurant. $2.00 for residents and $4.00 non-residents.

Breakfast with Santa and Elf Workshop at Center for Disability Services (Joliet)
December 2, 2018 | 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Breakfast and get pictures with Santa. Walk down Candy Cane Lane and visit the numerous vendors that will be selling their hand-crafted goods. $8 for adults and $5 for children.

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Breakfast with Santa (Lockport)
December 2, 2018 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am 
Come make some memories and find out what Santa likes to eat for breakfast! $13-$18 per person.

Brunch with Santa (Lockport)
December 2, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
This later seating of the Lockport Santa breakfast has a brunch menu. Come make some memories and find out what Santa likes to eat for brunch! $18-$25 per person.

Dinner with Santa (Joliet)
December 7, 2018 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy dinner, crafts, and a gift from Santa! $15 per person ages 3 and up (ages 0-2 are free!) and registration required.

Breakfast with Santa (Frankfort) 
December 8, 2018 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Come for a breakfast buffet at Aurelio’s Restaurant, entertainment, and a gift for each child. $16-$24 per person.

Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch (Lockport) 
December 8, 2018 | 8:30 am – 12:30 am
Enjoy breakfast with the big guy, crafts, and a story. 2 seating times are available at 8:30 am or 11:00 am. $13-$20 admission.

Breakfast with Santa Holiday Festival (Matteson) 
December 8, 2018 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come for a special tree lighting and a continental breakfast with the big guy! Santa will pose for photos (additional cost) and hand out a special treat to each child.  $5.00 per person or $15.00 for a family of 4. Each additional family member is $3.00.

2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Donuts with Santa (Palos Park) 
December 8, 2018 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Enjoy coffee, juice, and donuts and take photos with Santa! $10 for a family of 4 and $5 each additional family member.

Pizza with Santa (Tinley Park)
December 8, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Come enjoy a pizza party with the top elf, Santa Claus! There will be pizza, holiday games, and a chance to meet Santa and take a family photo with him! $10 per person for residents and $13 for non-residents. Registration is required.

Breakfast with Santa (Joliet)
December 15, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come join Santa for breakfast! Enjoy snacks, games and crafts, and a visit with Santa Claus! Photos will be available for a fee.

Breakfast with Santa at the Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe)
December 15 & 16, 2018 | 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 11:00 am
Ticket price includes parking, a buffet meal, a visit with Santa, and access to Wonderland Express holiday train exhibit.

Breakfast with Santa (Crest Hill)
December 15, 2018 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come by the American Italian Cultural Society to have some breakfast with the big guy! Enjoy breakfast, photos, Mrs. Claus’ cookie and cupcake decorating, and a craft workshop. $5 for adults and children 5 and over. Children under 5 are free.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 20-22

Lunch with the Grinch from the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association (New Lenox)
December 15, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
This event features a pizza lunch, bounce house, DJ Dance party, and a visit and photo opportunity with Whoville’s most famous citizen. $10 per person.

Breakfast with Santa (Orland Park)
December 15, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet and a surprise treat from Santa. A morning to delight parents and children alike! Tickets can be purchased through the Orland Hills Community Center.

Breakfast with Santa (Palos Park)
December 15, 2018 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by train to visit Palos Park! The festive event includes a variety of crafts, activities, and holiday music and stories! Take a minute to tell Santa your Christmas wishes and he may have little early Christmas gift for you! $15-$21 per person.

Looking for more places to eat with Santa? Click here to see Where to Eat with Santa in the Western Suburbs. Or, find all the indoor activities for kids posts we’ve published recently.

About the Author

Claudia Coyne
Having grown up in Palos Park, Claudia has a great love for the southwest suburbs and the hidden gems of the area. Claudia currently lives in Tinley Park with her husband and four children (two girls, ages 6 and 4 and two boys, ages 3 and 1). Cabin fever with four children can get rough, so they’re always looking for new and exciting adventures outside of the house! During the warmer months, you’ll find her and the family at the pool, out on nature walks, grilling in the yard, or at the zoo. And pick a park, any park… Claudia’s kids possess a magical super power of being able to detect the nearest park within a 5 mile radius, so there’s always a stop off on the way home to discover new playgrounds! When the cold comes, they like to craft, hibernate at the library or indoor play places, and play in the snow. In her tiny sliver of free time, Claudia enjoys sewing, photography, and baking.

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