This post was written in 2014, so some information included below may no longer be accurate. Please be sure to check the Flamig Farm website for the latest information on this event. For the 2016 holiday season, Breakfast with Santa will be offered on December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, and 17 & 18.
This past Sunday, the sun was finally shining and the weather was nice — it ended up being the perfect day for our first family outing of the holiday season.
My kids had been anticipating this date for a few weeks and were so excited that the day had finally arrived. They were going to be enjoying Breakfast with Santa at one of their favorite farm destinations, Flamig Farm in West Simsbury, CT
For the past few years our visits with Santa have consisted of waiting in line for a while and then spending a few minutes with the big guy when our turn finally arrived. While that can be a perfectly wonderful way to visit with Santa Claus, this year I thought it might be fun for the kids to spend a little more time with him. The waiting in line situation was creating a bit of anxiety for my crew and when the time came for the big question of what they wanted for Christmas, they wouldn’t say a word. So I thought a nice, leisurely breakfast with Santa might be a good change of scenery.
The Breakfast with Santa at Flamig Farm lasts for three weekends each year and the cost is $25 per person. Kids ages 2 and under are free, but they have to sit on someone’s lap during the meal.
Seatings are at 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 11:30 am each Saturday and Sunday morning and the event includes breakfast a visit with Santa (and friends), and more. See below for the description from their site:
- a hearty breakfast with pancakes, homefries, sausage and our farm fresh eggs
- a memorable visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Frosty and the Grinch
- a relaxing time on a Christmas Trolley ride out to reindeer land
- feel free to visit the animals in the petting zoo
Before I go any further, I do want to give readers a heads up that the two remaining weekends for this event are filling up fast. If you want to go, head over here now and get your tickets.
Parking for the breakfast was in the farm’s gravel lot right out front. It was a little bit muddy the day we visited so I made sure to bring everyone’s rain boots along and was glad I did.
As with every trip these days, the first stop for us was the restrooms (someone always has to go). It wasn’t our seating time yet, so we used the restrooms in the farm store (which also had a baby changing station!) The room where the breakfast is held also has its own restroom facility.
We arrived for breakfast right at our seating time, but in hindsight, we should have come to the farm earlier and enjoyed the animals before we ate. Right outside the breakfast building, they had hot cocoa and coffee available for the visitors. So you could grab a hot cup of coffee, fill a cup with some food for the animals, and visit the petting zoo before your breakfast time. We ended up doing this afterwards, but I wanted to let you know that before is an option as well (although it might not be an option for the 8:30 am seating. Maybe go afterwards for that one 🙂
Breakfast was held in the farm’s party room which was located right behind the farm store.
The Grinch was actually there to greet us when we arrived. He was up to his old tricks, so we tried to keep our distance 🙂
We headed inside and the first person we saw was Mrs. Claus. The kids were excited for Breakfast with Santa to begin!
The room was filled with a few families and was very warm and cozy. I immediately felt all Christmasy (that is a word, right?)
Each visiting group had an assigned table or table section and I quickly found ours — “Pike, table of 4” (Sweetheart didn’t count because she is 2 and doesn’t require a seat).
The kids were hungry and so were we so we decided to divide and conquer on the task of getting food. My husband and Bruiser headed up to the buffet and I started to get drinks for the table. The breakfast menu included: sausage, potatoes, pancakes, cantaloupe and, of course, farm fresh eggs. Everything was delicious. Seriously delicious!
Sparkles enjoyed her meal so much that she couldn’t take a break from eating to even snap a picture with me.
While we ate, Santa and Mrs. Claus came around to each of the tables to say hello. Bruiser and Sweetheart weren’t quite ready to share with him what they wanted for Christmas, but Sparkles was definitely prepared. What did that daughter of mine say she wanted for Christmas? “Santa, I want everything”. No specifics, just “everything”. Great. Santa has his work cut out for him!
Several of Santa’s friends also stopped by for a visit.
The Grinch was being his normal, naughty self and tried to sneak in and steal a few holiday decorations. Luckily Santa stopped him.
Frosty also stopped by to let us know that he would be taking us on a trolley ride after our meal.
At one point during breakfast, Santa made his way to his seating area and invited the children up for a visit. My kids were actually excited to go see Santa and were ready to let him know what they wanted for Christmas.
Sparkles was still set on asking for “everything” for Christmas
Sweetheart mad sure Santa knew she wanted a princess
And Bruiser shared that he wanted a helicopter with a camera. It was something he saw in the Toys R Us catalog of course. My husband keeps saying that Bruiser wants a drone for Christmas. Awesome!
Soon it was time for the trolley ride and everyone started making their way outside.
Everyone made their way onboard and grabbed a holiday song book and set of jingle bells for the trolley sing-a-long led by Frosty.
The trolley ride lasted about 15 minutes and took the group on a tour of “reindeer land”.
Now, “reindeer land” wasn’t too exciting but singing holiday carols while on a tractor-pulled trolley was enough fun for my little ones.
Then after the trolley ride, we picked up some grain for the animals and visited the petting zoo. We’ve been to Flamig Farm before, but a lot of improvements have been made to the petting zoo since I last wrote about this destination, so I got a chance to snap a few updated photos.
And as we fed the last bit of grain to the animals, I noticed that my kids were starting to look rather tired. It was time for us to head home after a busy morning. We really had a nice time on the farm. A yummy breakfast, time with Santa, and time enjoying the great outdoors. After our visit, I could definitely see why the seatings filled up rather quickly. I think Breakfast with Santa at Flamig Farm might become a family tradition for us for many years to come! I’m already craving their potatoes and eggs!
Phone: (860) 658-5070
For even more information, access their Facebook page.
- Three weekends in December
- For 2014: December 6/7, 13/14, and 20/21
- Sitting times of 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 11:30 am
- $25 per person
- Children ages 2 and under are FREE (but need to sit on an adult’s lap)
- Stroller Friendly: YES. A jogging stroller would be best for exploring the farm grounds. A baby carrier would also work well.
- Coffee Mug Friendly: YES. And they will have plenty of coffee available for you to get there.
- Restroom: YES. A restroom with a baby changing station is located in the farm store. A restroom is also located in the breakfast room.
- Baby Changing Station: YES. In the restroom located in the farm store I know there is a changing station. I did not get a chance to check the restroom in the dining area.
- Parking: YES. Parking is free and located in front of the building.
- Food for Sale: YES.
- Outside Food Allowed: Not necessary. You already paid for breakfast!
- Cash Required: NO.
- Dress Code: NO. I would suggest wearing boots if the weather has been wet or snowy. Also bring jackets, hats and gloves for the trolley ride and the farm visit.
- Evening/Weekend Hours: YES. It only takes place on the weekends.
- Discounts: I don’t know of any.
Other Tips & Suggestions:
- Event includes:
- Breakfast buffet which includes, sausage, pancakes, potatoes, fruit and farm-fresh eggs.
- A visit with Santa and friends
- A trolley ride to reindeer land
- A visit to the petting zoo
- Hot coffee, hot cocoa, and food for the farm animals are available throughout the morning for visitors whose seating time has yet to arrive. Be sure to grab a cup of coffee for you and food for the animals and visit the farm’s petting zoo before or after your meal time.
- If the weather has been rainy or snow, bring boots for your visit. You will be glad you did!
- A limited number of high chairs are available for the breakfast.
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