Christmas in Baltimore can be beautiful. The lights twinkling against the bustling city covered in snow – it’s straight out of a movie. And Charm City plays into it so well, with tons of holiday events and attractions popping up in every neighborhood.
One of the most anticipated Baltimore Christmas activities for my family is to have brunch with Santa. I take my nephews every year and I know it’s one of their favorite holiday traditions because they start talking about it around Halloween.
Over the years we’ve figured out which brunch with Santa is worth the hype and which needs a little tuning up from the elves. Check out our list of front-runners so you don’t have to sit through undercooked eggs and sloshed Santas.
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Brunch with Santa at The Maryland Zoo
- Address: 1 Safari Pl, Baltimore, MD 21217 | Website
Every year, The Maryland Zoo hosts a brunch to celebrate the holiday season and spread the cheer around. The brunch buffet is usually held indoors in the Zoo’s Mansion and has festive family-style seating with a full spread.
Tickets range between $20 to $35 depending on age and member status while children under 2 can attend for free.
Each ticket includes admission into the zoo for the day, holiday crafts and activities, a gift for each child, photo opportunities with zoo mascots and Santa’s feathered friends, and of course, a chance to meet the big guy himself.
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Holiday Drag Brunch at Uptown Abbey Burger
- Address: 1604 Kelly Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209 | Website
A family-friendly event, the Holiday Drag Brunch at Uptown Abbey Burger is one of the more entertaining brunches with Santa on our list. You’ll be at one of the best burger spots in Baltimore, so you know the menu is *chef’s kiss*.
And while you can expect celebrities from the North Pole, it’s the hostess and entertainers that you want to keep an eye on. The holiday brunch is lined with performances by Victoria Bohmore, Naomi Couture, Tula, and M’ara Diamond.
Brunch with Santa at Bethany United Methodist Church
- Address: 2875 Bethany Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21042 | Website
Bethany United Methodist Church hosts a brunch with Santa every year. It’s held outdoors and is very traditional, with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and a couple of elves usually in attendance. The event is fun for the entire family and often includes holiday crafts and activities.
The menu varies from year to year but often has the breakfast foods you crave, from pancakes and waffles to eggs and toast. Keep an eye out on their website which is updated with exact dates and times closer to the day.
Santa Brunch at Alexandra’s
- Address: 2700 Turf Valley Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042 | Website
Alexandra’s is a beautiful, atrium-style restaurant with classic comfort foods, a patio, and panoramic views of the golf course. Every December, the restaurant transforms into a winter wonderland for their annual Santa Brunch.
It’s a never-missed tradition for many families in the area because not only is the experience amazing, but the food is also mouth-wateringly good. Feast on seafood omelets, French toast, and mimosas as little ones meet Santa, share their holiday list, and sing carols with him and a few other visitors from the North Pole.
Brunch with Santa at Bleues on the Water (La Fontaine Bleue)
- Address: 7514 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 | Website
The Holiday Brunch at Bleues on the Water starts at 9 AM and goes on for hours. Start with a delicious meal; the venue often has a carving station, omelet station, and everything from pastries and muffins to pancakes and sausage. There’s even an ice cream sundae bar that the kids get excited about until they see Santa that is!
Kids will get a chance to meet Santa, take pictures, do crafts, and even watch holiday movies.
Breakfast with Santa at the B&O Railroad Museum
- Address: 901 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21223 | Website
Every year, the spacious and stunning Roundhouse within the B&O Railroad Museum gets converted into the North Pole. There’s a 35-foot-tall Christmas tree and layouts of model trains you’re welcome to explore.
Santa’s Winter Village is where the fun is really at and kids can do holiday-themed crafts, have cookies, write letters to Santa, take photos, and even ride the Reindeer Railway train.
The museum also hosts lots of other annual holiday-related events such as the tree lighting ceremony, Santa’s arrival by train, toddler time with Santa, teatime with Mrs. Claus, and a holiday bazaar.
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Santa Brunch at Lib’s Grill
- Address: 5009 Honeygo Center Dr # 101, Perry Hall, MD 21128 | Website
Lib’s Grill hosts multiple events throughout the year and their Santa Brunch is a favorite with families. You’ll feast on a delicious meal from an expert menu put together by their chef. You’ll also be singing along to Christmas music, partaking in seasonal activities, and of course, meeting Santa Claus and telling him what you want for the holidays.
Note that their locations in both Maple Lawn and Perry Hall host a Santa Brunch.
Brunch with Santa at Rusty Scupper
- Address: 402 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230 | Website
The Rusty Scupper is a harborside restaurant that is a Baltimore staple; they’re famed for their delicious seafood, live-jazz brunch, their views, and also their annual events.
This is the perfect brunch with Santa for seafood lovers because the buffet-style menu is unlike anything else on our list. And what better way to celebrate the holiday season in Baltimore than with seafood and Santa?
Breakfast with the Grinch at Charles Village Pub (Towson)
- Address: 19 W Pennsylvania Ave, Towson, MD 21204 | Website
While Santa may make an appearance at this breakfast event at Charles Village Pub, it’s the Grinch that’s the main character.
Family-friendly and a community favorite, this holiday breakfast event comprises a delicious buffet spread, themed crafts and activities, and a meet and greet with favorite holiday characters such as Santa, Buddy the Elf, and everyone’s favorite, the Grinch!
The breakfast is usually a part of Towson’s Winterfest so be prepared to spend the day making lots of other fun holiday memories around town.