Whether you’re looking for a photo-op or just brunch with the big guy, head to one of these Santa breakfasts around NJ to fill up on syrup and Christmas cheer.

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Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
December 1 from 11:30 am-1 pm
$26.99/adults, $22.99/kids, age 2 and under are free
908-258-6245
Start with hot apple cider before hoping on a wagon ride to the harvest hall or jumping on the heated shuttle bus. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast and a visit from Santa himself. (Bring your camera!)

Bernards Inn

27 Mine Brook Rd., Bernardsville
December 8 from 9 am-1:30 pm
$35/adults, $20/kids age 2 and up
908-766-0002
What’s better than eating omelets, silver-dollar pancakes and bacon while carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes? Meeting Santa! Take pictures with Saint Nick and check out the gingerbread house. There’ll be holiday cookies, cupcakes and candy canes, too.

Garden State Discovery Museum

2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill
December 7-8 from 10 am-1:45 pm
$15/members, $20/non-members
856-424-1233
Hang out with The Man in Red at a pancake breakfast with all the fixins’. There’ll be songs, stories and a visit with Santa himself. Breakfast is sponsored by Silver Diner. Registration is required.

Grillestone Old Bridge

2658 Rte. 516, Old Bridge
December 15, 10 am, noon, 2 pm
$30.99/adults, $17.99/kids, free/ages 4 and under
732-952-5626
Dress them in their Christmas best for brunch with Santa Claus. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.

Historic Smithville

615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Smithville
December 7 and 14
Check back for times and prices
609-652-0544 
Historic Smithville has a ton of plans this holiday season. One of their festive events includes breakfast with Santa, which has all of your kids’ favorite breakfast foods. Visit Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light, dig into breakfast and enjoy a photo-op with the big guy.

Jingle Bell 5K

The Mills at Jersey Gardens
651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth
December 8 at 8:30 am
$35/online, $40/day of
908-527-6540
This fundraising event supports the Children’s Specialized Hospital and welcomes participants of all ages. Aside from receiving some cool gear, the run is followed by a pancake breakfast (courtesy of IHOP) hosted by Kris Kringle.

Lake Mohawk Country Club (SOLD OUT)

21 The Boardwalk, Sparta
December 10 from 9:30 am-noon
Cost varies
973-400-9260
Head to the Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta for breakfast with Father Christmas. There’ll be games, storytime, crafts and of course, food. Think: waffles, eggs, muffins and more. Grab a photo with Santa for your Christmas card! Reservations required.

Liberty Hall Museum (SOLD OUT)

1003 Morris Ave., Union
December 22 from 9-11 am or 11:30 am-1:30 pm
$30/adults, $25/kids
908-527-0400
Calling all those naughty and nice! Liberty Hall’s hot breakfast buffet and photos with The Man in Red are the perfect way to celebrate with your little one. They’ll never forget hopping in  Santa’s sleigh at this Union staple. Reservations required.

The Market at DelVal

2100 Lower State Rd., Doylestown, PA
December 8, 14-15, 21 from 9-11 am or 11:30-1:30
$17/adults, $12/kids, age 2 and under are free
215-230-7170
Santa Claus is coming…to brunch! Enjoy a homemade brunch of ham, french toast, omelets, bacon and more with your family. Don’t forget to snap a picture with ol’ Saint Nick. Reservations are required.

Sahara Sam’s

535 North Rte. 73, West Berlin
December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 from 9-10 am
$10 for breakfast
856-767-7580
Forget being merry and bright, get splashin’ this holiday season. Enjoy breakfast with Santa before hitting the pool. The kids can snap photos with the big guy before heading to the waterpark—and Santa brought his swimsuit!

The Shannon Rose Irish Pub

Locations in Clifton and Ramsey
December 15 from 11 am-1 pm
A la carte
Kids will get to take pics with Santa and eat a tasty breakfast before getting their faces painted, decorating cookies and ornaments and more. Enter a raffle, too. Ten percent of sales will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.