1. The Magical Atmosphere
Before we even walked we were able to meet a couple of Santa’s reindeers, “in REAL life” (as my daughter said with big eyes). The magic continued as we walked inside. The lights were turned down low which allowed twinkle lights to shine. Christmas music was softly playing in the background. The magic was most definitely there.
My kids were totally impressed by the table decor. Coloring pages and crayons. It was hard to make them leave their coloring to get food.
2. Great Food
Breakfast with Santa is set up buffet style. You can only go through once but you can get as much as can fit on your plate. I’d suggest loading up on the potatoes. Yum, those things were good.
I’ve eaten at Thanksgiving point a few times and never been disappointed. This was no exception.
Although the french toast, eggs, potatoes, bacon and sausage were incredible, my kid’s favorite was the cereal bar. What is it with kids and fruit loops? I will never understand the appeal.
Their dreams came true when they could pull the handle on the cereal dispenser and get as much as they wanted. The cereal bar is all you can eat and they definitely took advantage of it.
I’ve been wanting to make homemade ornaments with my kids but haven’t got my act together enough to actually make them. Breakfast with Santa totally pulled through for us on this one. These cute little button wreaths are a classic and my kids loved putting them together. My 3 year old and 5 year old were able to string the buttons on themselves. If you’re kid is any younger you’ll probably need to help them.
Mrs. Claus was kind enough to set up her bakery for us! She provided cookies, frosting and sprinkles so our kids could decorate their own cookies. My kids were in heaven and somehow they made decorating cookies quick, easy and painless. Maybe I felt that way because I didn’t have to clean up all the sprinkles off the floor?
My kids were also obsessed with the snowflake station. They liked making snowflakes but they loved putting them through the wind tunnel. There was something so magical about watching them float into the air and gently fall back down. We had to pry them away from this one.
The baby wasn’t too into most of the activities but he did love the block station. It really was a great place for younger to hang out while their older siblings did some of the other activities and crafts.
Meeting Santa (and a few other Christmas Characters, too)
5. Breakfast with Santa wouldn’t be complete without meeting the jolly man himself. He was busy taking pictures with kids for most of the event but he also brought some fun Christmas characters (Mrs. Claus, an Elf, the Gingerbread man, and a polar bear) with him that circulated the room more. They chatted with the kids and posed for pictures. My kids were too scared to really talk with them but our 3 year old stood close enough to the polar bear to get a picture that looks like she was near him so we’re calling it a win!
We absolutely loved Breakfast with Santa at Thanksgiving Point. It was a great way to invite the magic of Christmas into our holiday season. Thanks for hosting us Thanksgiving Point!
I’ll pass along a little tip we learned, just so you don’t have to learn it the hard way like we did! There are a lot of people at Breakfast with Santa. And there is only one Santa. He was kind enough to pose for pictures the entire event and was willing to stay until every last child had had a chance to sit on his lap, but he was a busy man. The entire event.
Our strategy was to eat breakfast, do all the activities, and then hope that the line for Santa would have died down. WRONG STRATEGY. Apparently this is the total opposite of what you should do. We were at the very end of the line and we waited for over an hour to see Santa. Don’t do what we did!
Here are a few other strategies that seemed to work for other families.
Get there right when the doors open at 8:30. Immediately get in line to get your picture with Santa. This strategy would ensure the shortest wait and would allow you time to eat breakfast and do all the activities and crafts.
If you can’t make it there in time to get in the shorter line, take this strategy. Eat breakfast together as a family first thing. Then send one adult to go wait in line while the other takes the kids around to the activities and crafts. If you don’t split up, you could get stuck in line and not have time to do the crafts or activities.