Looking to eat breakfast and perhaps give your gift list to the big guy in the red suit? Here are some suggestions on where to have Breakfast with Santa.
The Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.) will host two weekends of Breakfast With Santa, Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-17, with two seatings each day at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Cost is $17 for adults, $14 for kids, under 23 months are admitted free. Members receive a $5 discount. Breakfast includes pastries, pancakes, eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon and beverages (hot chocolate, coffee and tea). Santa will be making an appearance, as will some Zoo animals. Cost includes zoo admission. Visit buffalozoo.org for tickets or call 837-3900.
Salvatore’s Holiday Brunch With Santa continues Dec. 3, 10 and 17, with reservations starting at 10:30 a.m. at Salvatore's Italian Gardens (6461 Transit Road). A kids’ station features the highlights of their diet: pizza, chicken fingers and nuggets, French toast sticks and pancakes. For adults, the huge buffet has cold salads, hot entrees, a carving station and breakfast favorites like omelets (made-to-order) and make-your-own eggs Benedict. Desserts include make-your-own sundaes. Santa will be available for photos. Cost is $31 per person adult, $19 fpr kids ages 5 to 12, $12 ages 3-4. Ages 2 and younger are admitted free. Reservations highly suggested at salvatoreshospitality.com or call 683-7990.
The Tewksbury Lodge (240 Ohio St.) will host Brunch With Santa on Dec. 17, with 9 a.m. and noon seatings. The buffet includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, french toast, fruit, danish and pastries, holiday cookies and brownies, plus coffee, tea, juice and pop. Reservations are required by calling 840-2866.
Dave & Busters will host a Santa breakfast at the Walden Galleria, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Dec. 17. Two packages are available: $22.99 breakfast (before taxes, fees and gratuity) for a breakfast buffet (scrambled eggs, sausage, pastry, mini muffins, potatoes, bagels, fruit juice and coffee) plus a $10 power card, unlimited video play and photos with Santa (bring your own camera). The $28.99 packages upgrade to a $20 power card with unlimited video play. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Ticketbud (search Buffalo #086) or at at waldengalleria.com/event/breakfast-with-santa-3/. Bring your own camera to take a picture with Santa.
Though it’s not breakfast, we think it would be just as much fun to go see a life-sized gingerbread house at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. (We secretly want to take a bite of it.) The Gingerbread Wonderland features visits with Santa in the gingerbread house. Also enjoy cookie decorating (and we are sure eating), holiday crafts, letters to Santa and stories. Times are 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22; 11 a.m. Dec. 9, 16, 23 and noon Dec. 10 and 17. Santa arrives in Niagara Falls by helicopter at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9, weather permitting. Most activities are free, with cost of one ticket each ($2) for cookie, kids craft and face painting. Visit nfculinary.org for details.
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