Santa’s Lodge in Santa Claus, Indiana has Kid #1 pretty much convinced that that is where Santa lives. As a matter of fact, he refers to this Spencer County town as “Santa Claus, Little Indiana.” In his mind, they are the same thing.
I can see how he thinks that. After all, we had dinner with Santa, we had story time with Santa followed by cookies and milk, and would you believe we even had breakfast with the guy? Breakfast with Santa was at St. Nick’s Restaurant located inside of Santa’s Lodge.
St. Nick’s Restaurant in Santa Claus, Indiana
Mrs. Claus has to be lonely. We saw Santa so many times over the course of our stay at Santa’s Lodge in this small Indiana town, Kid #1 couldn’t believe it. Why wouldn’t we eat in his presence, too? Breakfast with Santa took place at St. Nick’s Restaurant located off the lobby and downstairs at Santa’s Lodge. We got a table by the window with a view of the spacious deck and the lake. It must be nice to sit out there in warmer weather.
I would, again, recommend changing up the times you normally eat so you can beat the crowd. Everyone wants to see Santa so there could be a bit of a wait. We arrived at St. Nick’s restaurant slightly before 10 AM, yet we had to wait for another table to finish up so we could have the baby seat. Based on what we saw, I would say that 10 AM might just be the perfect time to visit.
The place had pretty much cleared out, the buffet was still fresh, and we practically had Santa (and the buffet) all to ourselves. Who can complain about that? Santa was wonderful. He really looked the part. In case you noticed in the bottom image, the way Santa is holding his hand, it’s because it is in tribute to Jim Yellig, the original Santa.
The Breakfast with Santa buffet is definitely on the kid friendly side of things: french toast sticks, pancakes, hash browns, and a few other choices are on the warm side of things. Yogurt, fruit, and cereal make up the rest. Nothing is very seasoned so it is a very safe menu. Even young picky eaters will likely find things on the buffet that meet with their approval.
Both of our little kids enjoyed it. We happened to sit near a Christmas tree (which isn’t hard to do here) and the baby really liked having another Christmas tree to ogle. All those sparkling lights and ornaments fascinate him.
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St. Nick’s Restaurant
91 W Christmas Blvd.
Santa Claus, IN 47579
Special thanks to Spencer County Visitors Bureau for hosting our stay. My opinions remain mine and mine alone (as always).
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