While the turkey is just going in the oven, your kids area already itching to visit the Big Guy in Red. You could always hit the mall, but if you’re looking for more of a one-on-one experience, a Santa brunch is the way to go. Kiddos who need a little warming up time can keep their eye on Santa from across the room while eating, and then enjoy some extended face-time with the head elf himself. Add in breakfast and entertainment and you’ve got a fab morning for the whole family.

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Breakfast with Santa Benefit Show
More than just a visit with Santa, this breakfast is a full holiday performance by the Billings Dance Center, plus a benefit for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Kids in the Arts charities to boot! The entire show is fantastic for families and includes a buffet breakfast and photo opportunities with the big guy in red, too. The fundraiser portion offers a silent auction, fundraising games and – yes you are reading this right – a wine wall. What are you waiting for? Tickets go fast, as you can imagine!

Sat., Dec. 21 at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm; $30 per person.
Tiffany Center
1410 SW Morrison

Portland, Or
Online: portlandsbreakfastwithsanta.org

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MOMS Club of West Linn Santa Brunch
A perfect Santa Brunch for the 3 to 8 year old crowd, the MOMS Club of West Linn holds this as a fundraiser for Clackamas Women’s Services. Besides the classic Santa photo opp, this brunch also has crafts for little ones, activities, music for dancing, and a great silent auction. A continental breakfast is served along with peppermint milkshakes. Yum! It takes a solid 30 minutes to get to West Linn from Portland Metro, so plan ahead.

Sun., Dec. 15 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm; $10 in advance when purchased online, $12 at the door. Kids 2 and under are free. 

The Oregon Golf Club
25700 SW Pete’s Mountain Rd
West Linn, Or
Online: momsclubofwestlinn.org

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Salty’s on the Columbia
One of Portland’s best family-friendly spots for brunch any time of year, Salty’s really goes all out for brunch in December. Not only is Santa on hand for photos and visits, but their famous larger-than-life Nutcrackers will also be on display. The menu at Salty’s is both kid and parent friendly, so everyone will be happy – especially when you end the meal taking a dip (your food at least!) in the 4’ cascading chocolate fountain.

Reservations are highly recommended.

Dec. 8, 15th & 22nd Brunch from 9:00 am to 1:30 (Santa on hand 10:30 am to 12:30 pm)

$43 per person (bottomless champagne and mimosas for an additional $10); kids 12 & under only $1.50 per year of age

3839 NE Marine Drive
Portland, Or
Online: saltys.com

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McMenamin’s Breakfast with Santa is so popular that several locations are already sold out! But don’t despair. Reservations are still being accepted at the Grand Lodge, Crystal Ballroom, Hotel Oregon, Old St Francis School and Olympic Club.

Why so popular? Well start with the fact that the kiddos can go up whenever they want – no line, no wait, no other kid going on and on about what he wants…just head up when you’re ready for some quality lap and letter time. And, c’mon, it’s McMenamin’s! You know the food is going to be awesome. The full buffet includes all the breakfast items you can eat – and I hear the hot chocolate and muffins are not to be missed!

Dates, times and addresses are here.Purchase tickets online, rather than calling the individual locations.

Does your family have brunch with Santa? Let us know below!

— Cathie Ericson and Katie Kavulla

photos courtesy of McMenamin’s and Salty’s.

For other activities and events going on in Portland this Christmas season click here!