Every winter, Rock Center Cafe hosts Breakfast with Santa on weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas, as well as during the week immediately before Christmas. Participants will enjoy a family-style breakfast, small gifts from Santa's elves, and a visit with Santa, all while overlooking the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center. Participants also get tickets to skate on the rink after breakfast with Santa.
This is a popular event, so reservations are essential. Reserve your Breakfast with Santa online as soon as you know you want to go in order to guarantee your spot.
What To Expect When You Have Breakfast with Santa at the Rock Center Cafe
Breakfast is served family-style, with generous platters brought quickly to your table piled with eggs, french toast, fruit, sausage, bacon and a bread basket. The food was all fresh and tasty, if a little heavy. Coffee, hot chocolate and orange juice are also served, and we also requested a glass of milk for my son.
The Rock Center Cafe was decorated beautifully for the season, and offers diners a terrific view of the skaters on the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center.
During the course of breakfast, elves bring around small toys for the children, and Santa makes a visit to each table. We were one of the last families to get a visit with Santa, and you could sense that he was sort of rushing through, though I did see him spend more time with other tables.
Getting Your Picture Taken With Santa at Rock Center Cafe
I do wish that they had a more formal spot for taking photos with Santa, but aside from that, it was a fun holiday experience.
How Long Does It Take To See Santa at The Rock Center Cafe?
Directions To Breakfast with Santa at the Rock Center Cafe
You can enter the Rock Center Cafe by taking an elevator to the concourse level from above the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center .
Subway service to Rockefeller Center:
- B/D/F/V or Q trains to 47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Center
- 6 to 51st Street
- 1 to 50th Street
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