Each year Gardner Village invites Santa down from the North Pole for a few hours each Saturday before Christmas. That way a few lucky girls and boys (plus their parents) can come celebrate and enjoy a great breakfast with Santa!
Know Before You Go
Directions, Location & Hours
Location: 1100 West 7800 South, West Jordan, Utah
Directions: Gardner Village is easy to find using Google Maps
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Hours may vary during special events and holidays.
Pricing varies each year. You do need to purchase tickets on the Gardner Village Website. They do not require a ticket for kids who will stay in their car seat during the event.
There’s plenty of parking surrounding Gardner Village, but I would recommend parking near Archibald’s Restaurant on the West side of the Village. The breakfast is held in a tent that is set up just outside the restaurant.
There are 4 bathrooms in Gardner Village. The closest one to where the breakfast is held is inside Archibald’s Restaurant. There is another one by the Main Management Building, one by The Chocolate Covered Wagon and another by Naborhood Bakery. You can download a map of the village here.
This is a LOUD event. So if you have grandparents or kids that might struggle with the noise – this might not be the event for you.
Meeting Santa at breakfast is a great alternative to going to visit him at your local mall. It’s much more personal. There were 6 tables and each table got called up to visit and talk with Santa separately. There’s no standing in line and they did a great job of not making you feel rushed and allowing the kids to take their time and really talk with Santa.
Not only do you get to meet Santa at breakfast, you also get to meet a few of Santa’s special Elf helpers. The Elves did a great job of entertaining the kids with fun games, crafts, and Christmas activities while they waited their turn. They even gave Peanut “Christmas glitter” (a.k.a. sprinkles) to put on all her food.
In addition to the elves, there was a surprise visitor who also popped in to visit with the kids while they waited to meet Santa (can you guess who it was?)
The breakfast put on by Archibald’s was also great! They put out a variety of food buffet style including fruits, pancakes, bacon, sausage, apple juice, hot chocolate and more. They had more than enough food and did a great job of making sure everyone was taken care of.
Before you enter, one of Santa’s elves gives your children each a letter and some crayons to write to Santa. They even have a special mailbox right outside the tent for your kids to mail them on their way out.
After you’re done with your breakfast, you can complete the Elf Scavenger Hunt around the village. This is free, and you don’t have to purchase tickets to Breakfast with Santa to participate in this, but it’s a fun activity to add to the end of the outing. Gardner Village puts up a variety of elf displays throughout their gardens, and it’s your job to find them all!
They also have the petting zoo across from Archibald’s open, and they offer pony rides!
Things to Bring
Hand Sanitizer: While this isn’t a particularly messy or “germy” experience, the bathrooms are quite far away. If you’re a clean freak, I would highly recommend bringing some hand sanitizer with you so you don’t have to haul your whole family into the bathroom’s inside the restaurant before eating – as it’s not particularly easy to get to the bathroom from the tent.
Camera: While this is somewhere you can definitely get away with using the camera on your phone, I opted to bring my nice camera to get some more artistic shots of Peanut meeting Santa. It’s easy enough considering your sitting at a large table the majority of the time.
Clothing: Make sure to bring a jacket and dress appropriately for the weather that day (especially if you plan to wander around the Village for the Elf Scavenger Hunt after). While the tent is heated, we were sitting on the outside of the table near the walls of the tent and it was a little colder there. Nothing drastic, but it was nice to have a jacket with us.
Car Seats: They don’t require a ticket for kids that can stay in their car seat for the event – but they do not have a sling. Bubba just stayed on the floor in between us and was fine. They do have high chairs for younger kids.
Stroller: The tent isn’t overly large, so there is nowhere to store your stroller while you eat. We left ours in the car, then went back and grabbed it before completing the Scavenger Hunt.
Consider Purchasing the Entire Table
There are 10 seats per table and we had 5 tickets so we shared our table with another party (which isn’t a big deal) But if I were to go again, I would purchase the entire table and invite Peanuts cousins or her other grandparents to join. It’s a fun experience for everyone and having the whole table to yourself just adds to it!
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