Our family has a Christmas tradition of spending some time with the big man himself while enjoying a meal together. This is a great time to catch up on our holiday plans, enjoy great food together, and allow the kids to visit with Santa for a longer amount of time. Want to get in on the fun? We hunted down some of the best opportunities in the west and southwest suburbs to dine with Santa (and even Mrs. Claus or the Grinch in some cases)! Don’t forget to wear your holiday best and bring along your phone or camera for these fun dining experiences.
Where to Eat with Santa 2019
Events in Chicago’s Western Suburbs
Breakfast with Santa (South Elgin)
Saturday, November 23, 2019 | 9:00am – 10:30am
A magical morning of dining with Santa with arts and crafts; don’t forget your camera.
Breakfast with Santa (Orland Park)
Saturday, November 23, 2019 | 9:00am – 11:00 am
Join Ronal McDonald House Charities for this fun event at Texas de Brazil. This event will feature children’s entertainment and gifts, and a special visit from Santa!
Breakfast with Santa (Bass Pro Shop, Bolingbrook)
Saturday, November 30 and Saturday, December 7, 2019|8:00am – 10:00am
Enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Islamorada Fish Company, and then head over the Winter Wonderland with toys, games, and crafts for the kids to explore.
Breakfast with Santa (Elburn)
Sunday, December 1, 2019 | 8:00am – 11:00 am
Come to the biggest fundraiser for this Leo Club! Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa.
Breakfast with Santa at Maggiano’s Little Italy (Oak Brook)
December 1, 2019 | 9:00am – 12:00pm| 3 seatings available
Enjoy a breakfast buffet, visit the “candy bar,” and take photos with Santa.
Breakfast with Santa (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, and 23, 2019 | Begins at 9:00am
Enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa in the Ginkgo Restaurant while carolers serenade you.
American Girl Welcome Santa (Chicago)
December 1, 8, and 15, 2019 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Visit the American Girl Store at Water Tower Place for a special meal, keepsake photos with Santa, crafts and activities.
Christmas Brunch with Santa at Drury Lane (Oak Brook)
December 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2019 | Reservations from 10:00am – 1:00pm
A special brunch with options including eggnog, homemade donuts, and prime rib. Call for information on pairing the brunch with tickets to see the theater’s production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins afterwards.
Pizza with Santa (Wheaton)
Friday, December 6, 2019 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Have pizza with Santa, enjoy activities, pizza, and an opportunity to take a picture with Santa Claus himself. Registration and fee is per person. Adults register at a reduced fee.
Sundaes with Santa (Addison)
Friday, December 6, 2019 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Build your own sundae and do a holiday craft.
Pizza with Santa (Darien)
Friday, December 6, 2019 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Come for a fun party with pizza, a bounce house, crafts, games, and (if weather permits) an outdoor candy-cane hunt at the end.
Breakfast with Santa (Batavia)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 8:30am – 10:00am
Come enjoy this breakfast with Santa, with entertainment to follow.
Breakfast with Santa (Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, Hinsdale)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Come dine with Santa in this intimate setting with a yummy, expanded continental breakfast.
Cookies and Cocoa with Santa (Elmhurst)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 9:00am – 12:30 pm
We all know how much Santa loves his cookies! Why not take part in this special event to enjoy them with him?
Breakfast with Santa (Forest Park)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 9:30am – 11:30am
Santa and Mrs. Claus host a breakfast and pose for photos.
Breakfast with Santa (Brookfield Zoo)
December 7, 8, and 14, 2019 | Seatings at 9:00am and 11:00am
Come for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy breakfast and listen to The Banjo Buddies. Then, enjoy the rest of your day at the zoo!
Pancake Breakfast with Santa (Gower West, Willowbrook)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 8:00am – 11:30am
Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast with Santa along with music, crafts, and other kids activities!
Breakfast Lunch and Tea with Santa (Cheney Mansion, Oak Park)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Holiday music, a visit with Santa, and a new toy donation drive benefiting local charities. Note that every family member attending must be registered (ages 0+). No high chairs or strollers allowed.
Donuts with Santa (Riverwalk, Naperville)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 9:00am – 11:30am
Donuts from Naperville’s DeEtta’s Bakery, a story told by Santa, and photos at the Community Center.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus (Lisle)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 11:00am – 12:30pm
Decorate cookies and play holiday games with Mrs. Claus. Make an ornament to take home and sing Christmas songs.
Breakfast with Santa (Lagrange)
Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 8:30am – 10:00am
Pre-registration is a must for this dining experience with Santa! Everyone will be given a commemorative photo to take home!
Breakfast with Santa (Pinecone Tea Cottage, Downers Grove)
Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 9:00am – 11:00am
A gourmet breakfast buffet including gluten-free options, plus photos with Santa and a chance to share your wish list.
Lunch with Santa (Clarendon Hills)
Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Kids will enjoy music, crafts, cookie decorating, and a meal with Santa.
Brunch with Santa (Wheatstack, Lisle)
December 8, 15, and 22, 2019 | seating begins at 9:30am
Enjoy a delicious brunch, a photo opportunity and share your wish list with Santa.
Breakfast with Santa (St. Charles)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 |9:00am – 10:30 am
Come enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa with a special visit with the big man, and a craft to take home!
Breakfast with Santa (Hilton – Lisle/Naperville)
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 8:30am – 11:00am
The Hilton’s holiday party will include crafts, photo opportunities with Santa, a magic show, a delicious breakfast buffet.
Breakfast with Santa (The Community House, Hinsdale)
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 9:00am – 10:15am
Santa will be on hand for pictures and visiting during this delicious meal.
Breakfast with Santa at Lambs Farm (Libertyville)
December 14, 15, 21, and 22, 2019 | Reservations from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Kids enjoy brunch, meet Santa, choose a gift, decorate a gingerbread man, make crafts, and more.
Lunch with the Grinch at Cheney Mansion (Oak Park)
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Accompanied by his dog Max, the Grinch will play games—and maybe have his heart grow a little larger—at this Whoville-themed event at the Cheney Mansion.
Lunch with Santa (Westmont)
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Pizza, a beverage, and dessert, followed by songs and a visit to Santa in his workshop to get a small gift.
Breakfast with Santa and Buddy the Elf (North Riverside)
Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 9:00am – 10:30am
After a pancake breakfast, kids meet Santa Claus—and Buddy the Elf, too. Bring your own camera for photos. Kids will also make crafts, play games, and leave with a gift.
Supper with St. Nick at Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
December 20, 21, 22, and 23 2019 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
After a gourmet buffet-style family supper in the Thornhill Mansion, families can head to the Founders Room to meet with Santa in front of the fire. Ticket prices include admission to the Illumination exhibit.
Breakfast with Santa at Starved Rock Lodge (Oglesby)
Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 8:30am – 11:30am
Santa and Mrs. Claus preside over a breakfast buffet before kids take turns sharing their wishes with Santa. There will also be a magic show and an appearance by “Grace,” a white-tailed deer from the Furry Friends.
Breakfast with Santa (Westmont)
Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 9:00am – 11:00am
Enjoy a visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph! A wonderful holiday show will accompany this breakfast.
Breakfast with Santa (Lombard)
Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 9:30am – 11:30am
Meet Santa and enjoy a breakfast buffet, holiday crafts, bingo, and other games hosted in Santa’s Workshop by his elves.
Events in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs
Teddy Bear Tea at Rialto Square Theatre (Joliet)
Friday, November 29, 2019 | Seatings at 9:30am and 12:00pm
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.
Breakfast with Santa (Burbank)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 9:00am – 10:00 am
Come and enjoy a pancake breakfast and visit with Santa. Each child will receive a gift. Don’t forget your camera!
Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch (Lockport)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 8:30am – 12:30pm
Two of your favorite Christmas characters are teaming up for this fun event!
Breakfast with Santa (Mokena)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Come for a breakfast buffet at Aurelio’s Restaurant, entertainment, and a gift for each child.
Santa Luncheon (Midlothian)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Come enjoy a day of fun with a parade, drinks, and food donated by Bartolini’s Restaurant.
Breakfast with Santa and Elf Workshop at Center for Disability Services (Joliet)
Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 8:00am – 12:30pm
Breakfast and get pictures with Santa. Walk down Candy Cane Lane and visit the numerous vendors that will be selling their hand-crafted goods.
Lunch with the Grinch from the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association (New Lenox)
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | Seatings at 10:00am and 12:30pm
This event features a pizza lunch, bounce house, DJ Dance party, and a visit and photo opportunity with Whoville’s most famous citizen.
Pizza with Santa (Tinley Park)
Saturday, December 14, 2018 | 11:00am – 12:30pm
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!
Breakfast with Santa Holiday Festival (Matteson)
This year’s date TBD
Gather for a festive continental breakfast at this annual event, where kids have the chance to do some painting or shopping before having a photo taken with Santa.
Before making your plans for these events, call or visit the websites above to confirm availability, as many of them require advanced reservations. These events will sell out quickly, so plan ahead. And check out our list of Where to See Santa, which will publish soon, for even more events! Don’t forget your camera!