Dine with Santa in Lake County

Christmas in Lake County

Santa works hard, he needs to eat lots to fuel his journey around the world. Whether you would like to tell him how good you were this year over breakfast, lunch, dinner, or something like a snack, we have you covered with a list of places in Lake County where you can dine with the jolly old man himself.

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Where to Dine with Santa in Lake County

Please note unless otherwise stated registration is required for all these events. Be sure to register or get your tickets early as many of them will sell out. Little Lake County is not responsible for sold out events. Events are listed chronologically under each type.

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Breakfast with Santa in Lake County

Breakfast with Sant at Dave & Busters
Sunday, December 1, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
{Vernon Hills} The Breakfast with Santa event will be hosted at Dave & Buster’s in Vernon Hills in our private event space. As a guest of the event, you will have exclusive access to Dave & Buster’s. Santa will be available for the majority of the morning to take photos with children & families, there will be no photographer. Tickets are $23.52 per person and are required.

Brunch with Santa at Lindy’s Landing
Sundays, December 1, 8 and 15, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
{Wauconda} Annual Brunch with Santa buffet is a great way to spread holiday cheer with friends and family. Bring your camera to get pictures with Santa and then enjoy our homemade offerings. Come check out this year’s Christmas theme and see what winter at Lindy’s is all about! Reservations fill up quickly, contact S[email protected] or call the restaurant at (847)526-9789.

Breakfast with Santa at Grace Church
Saturday, December 7, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
{Lake Bluff} Santa will have breakfast with everyone then visit will all the children and their families. The local Kiwanis Club will prepare a hearty breakfast of pancakes and sausage. Proceeds will go to Kiwanis Charities. Fees are payable at the door and are $10 per person 13 years and older, $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for children 2 and younger.

Chessie’s Restaurant Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 7 & 14, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
{Barrington} Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy a scrumptious holiday buffet breakfast. Bring your camera to take photos. Enjoy holiday music by the Barrington’s Suzuki Strings and fun holiday face painting by Miss Pam. Reservations at 847-382-5020!

Santa and Me at Clay Monet
Saturday, December 7, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
{Lake Zurich} Each child will paint an ornament, and a pre-designed coloring book styled holiday themed plate (8″x8″). Price is only $20 per child and includes plate, ornament, fruit, donuts, and juice. We will paint a customized handprint plate with Santa’s & your child’s handprints only $12 each. Makes an awesome holiday gift for the grandparents or a family keepsake. This event sells out.

Breakfast with Santa at Ceramics for You
Saturday, December 7, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
{Gurnee} Enjoy a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, visit and take photos with Santa Claus, and each child will make an adorable personalized hand collector ceramic plate. The fee is $20.95 for children and $7 for adults. This event sells out every year so register early.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 7, Seatings at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
{Round Lake} Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast with friends & family, and visit with Santa, too! There will be lots of super cool crafts to do! Make an ornament! Santa speaks both English & Spanish! Children ages 3-12 are $5.99 Adults and children 13 and older are $7.99, children under 3 years old are free.

Breakfast with Santa at St. Matthews
Saturday, December 7, 9:00 a.m.
{Hawthorn Woods} Children will have the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts from the Kringle Shop and best of all . . . visit with Santa Claus! Registration required.

Breakfast with Santa at Lehmann Mansion – SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 8, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
{Lake Villa} Lake Villa Historical Society and Lake Villa Lions Club host this family-friendly event at the Lehmann Mansion. Enjoy a pancake and french toast breakfast as well as visits with Santa, crafts for children, stories, and interactive, musical entertainment. Tickets $10 each, children 3 and under are free.
This event sells out every year.

Breakfast with Santa at Libertyville High School
Sunday, December 8, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
{Libertyville} Join the Vernon Hills Lions Club for the 24th Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa! All you can eat pancakes and photos with Santa! Tickets are $7.00 per person / 4 years and younger eat free – cash or check at the door only.

Brunch with Santa at Maggiano’s
Sunday, December 8, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
{Vernon Hills} Come prepared with your child’s wish list as Santa will be available throughout this time and eager to hear what exciting gifts he should bring down the chimney this year. Registration is recommended, the cost is $15 per adult and $25 per child.

Brunch with Santa at The Chocolate Sanctuary
Sunday, December 8, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
{Gurnee} Brunch will be served amidst Holiday décor from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.; with Santa joining the festivities from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Santa will be posing for pictures and sharing treats. Drink specials for adults. Price is $25 Adults, $8 Kids, children 5 and younger free.

Breakfast with Santa at Fogila YMCA
Sunday, December 8, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
{Lake Zurich} A family-friendly breakfast, visit with Mr. Claus, Selfies with our Silly Snowman, Giving Tree (collecting NEW mittens, hats & scarves for our community in need) Holiday Story Time, Dear Santa Letters, Holiday Crafts, Reindeer Games & MORE! This event is open to the community. $7 per person and under 3 years of age is Free. Registration required.

Sunday Brunch with Santa at Pinstripes
Sunday, December 8, 15, and 22
{Northbrook & South Barrington} Bring in the family to meet Santa while enjoying a delicious brunch spread this holiday season. Santa will mingle with families, snap photos and take requests for holiday wish lists! Reservations required. Adults are $35, children 6-12 years are $15 and children 5 or younger are free.

Breakfast with Santa at Lambs Farm
Saturday, December 14 & 21, Sunday, December 15 & 22, seatings at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and Noon.
{Libertyville} Santa is making his annual trek to Lambs Farm to celebrate the holiday. Kids can not only enjoy a delicious brunch and visit with Santa, but they can also choose a holiday gift, make a picture frame, decorate a gingerbread man, make sand art ornaments and more. Your day is sure to be filled with memories. The cost for brunch is $17.95 per person, $7.95 for children 23 months and younger (includes activities).

Breakfast with Santa at Chevy Chase Country Club
Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.
{Wheeling} Spend the morning at Chevy Chase Country Club enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast while carolers entertain you.  All children will have the opportunity to meet with Santa and have photos taken with him.  The event concludes with a show from “Those Funny Little People.”  
Tickets are $20 adults, $10 children 4-10 and $5 children 3 and younger. Reservations must be made by December 4.

Breakfast ‘N’ Story with Santa at Regent Center
Saturday, December 14, 9:00 a.m.
{Mundelein} Children and parents will have a more peaceful Santa experience! Children will have an opportunity to share their holiday lists and enjoy Santa reading, “The Night Before Christmas”. Breakfast will be served, followed by activities, crafts and more holiday fun! $20 Adults, $12 children ages 4-12 (resident rates lower)

Breakfast with Santa at Crawford House
Saturday, December 14, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.
{Libertyville} Santa is sneaking away from the North Pole just long enough to have breakfast with you! We’ll have breakfast and get pictures with Santa. Each child will have a chance for a photo with Santa. Registration required for all in attendance. The fee is $12 per person, $3 for children ages 2 and younger.

Breakfast with Santa at the Gurnee Park District
Saturday, December 14, seatings at 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
{Gurnee} Enjoy pancakes, sausage and Canadian bacon with your family at our annual holiday breakfast. Visit with Santa and his Elf, share your holiday wishes and take home a special gift. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the unforgettable holiday memories! Tickets are $8 per resident and $10 non-resident. Registration required.

Breakfast with Santa at Glen Flora
Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
{Waukegan} The kitchen will be cooking a special Christmas breakfast with pancakes, eggs and french toast while Santa makes his rounds with the children. Guests 14 years and under are just $5.95. reservations are required by December 10.

Breakfast with Santa at Austin’s
Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
{Libertyville} Visit Santa and enjoy Austin’s breakfasts. Reservations are required. Adults are $14.95, children are $12.95 and children 5 and younger are $7.95.

Breakfast with Santa at Whimsy Play Cafe
Saturday, December 20 and 21, 10:30 a.m.
{Buffalo Grove} Enjoy winter-themed snacks, pictures with Santa and winter favors for each child. Make the season magical! Cost is $25 per child with sibling discounts available.

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Lunch with Santa in Lake County

Barrington Lunch with Santa
Saturday, December 7, 11:30 a.m.
{Barrington} Every little one wants the chance to tell Santa their Christmas wishes before the big day arrives. Come to the Park District and enjoy a catered lunch and a personal visit with everyone’s favorite jolly old elf, Santa. Pre-registration is required, $13 per seat. This is a very popular event, so please register early!

Pictures & Lunch with Santa at the Vine
Saturday, December 7, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
{Grayslake} Annual Pictures and Lunch with Mr. & Mrs. Claus!
Pictures are FREE for all Dining Guests. Kids Eat Free with each paying adult meal. (Off of designated kids menu.) Reservations are limited and must be made in advance.

Lunch with Santa
Saturday, December 7, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
{Winthrop Harbor} Everyone in attendance will be treated to entertainment, crafts and pictures with Santa Claus. The $3 admission fee includes lunch, and pictures can be purchased for an additional $3.50. Every child, 10 yrs and under, will be entered to win Christmas door prizes.

Wildwood Park District Lunch with Santa
Sunday, December 8, 12:00 p.m.
{Wildwood} Bring out the little ones to enjoy a lunch with Santa! The event will consist of a delicious lunch, mingling with Santa Claus and telling Santa what you want for Christmas. All ages are welcome. Preregistration is required by Friday, November 29. The fee is $13 per person, $11 for residents.

Grandwood Park District Lunch with Santa
Sunday, December 8, 12:00 p.m.
{Gurnee} Bring out the little ones to enjoy a lunch with Santa! The event will consist of a delicious lunch, mingling with Santa Claus, storytime, and telling Santa what you want for Christmas.

Lunch with Santa at the People’s Choice Family Fun Center
Sunday, December 15, Noon
{Waukegan} Event includes pizza, soda, popcorn and goody bags with game tokens. The first 100 people to register will receive a free photo with Santa.

Jingle Bell Lunch
Sunday, December 15, 11:30 a.m.
{Barrington} Dine for lunch at Chessie’s and visit with Santa! Bring your camera to take photos with Santa. Bring donations for our holiday food drive for the Barrington Township Food Pantry and help those in need this holiday season. Reservations required call 847-382-5020.

Candy Cane Express Lunch
Saturday, December 21, 11:00 a.m.
{Barrington} Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy a festive lunch and a holiday story hour by Mrs. Claus!. Bring your camera for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Call early, reservations are required and there is limited seating, 847-382-5020.

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Dinner with Santa in Lake County

Round Lake Area Chamber Santa Supper
Thursday, December 5, 4:00 p.m.
{Round Lake Beach} Visit Santa along with his Frozen friends and even take a Selfie w/ our Elfie! Ticket price includes spaghetti supper, visit with Santa & Friends and holiday craft fair! Bring your camera – lots of photo opportunities! Adults $6 and Children are $4, save $1 with the donation of a canned food item or a new toy.

Lake Forest Dinner with Santa
Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

{Lake Forest} Northcroft Park Pavilion will be transformed into Santa’s Workshop for this magical event! Decorate cookies, help Santa’s elves create holiday toys, and listen to Santa Claus read a Christmas story. Dinner will be served and Santa will take a special time to visit with each family. Fee is $32 per person.

Early Dinner with Santa
Wednesday, December 11, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
{Mundelein} Have dinner, take pics and receive a goodie from Santa! kids meals are only $5. Please make your reservations in advance! (847) 949 -1900

Timothy O’Toole’s Dinner with Santa
Wednesday, December 18, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
{Gurnee} Dinner with Santa! Kids menu, make and take craft, goodie bag from Santa, hot cocoa and holiday cookies! Reservations are highly encouraged!

Timothy O’Toole’s Dinner with Santa
Thursday, December 19, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
{Gurnee} Dinner with Santa includes Kids hot cocoa bar, cookies, candy canes, and fun with Santa! Reservations are highly encouraged!

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