It’s an event Puyallup families have gotten to know and love over the years. The annual Breakfast with Santa at the Pioneer Park Pavilion returns, and this year, event organizers say the breakfast has been revamped to be even more kid-friendly.
According to Puyallup recreation coordinator Annamarie Burke, games, crafts, face painting and even a station to write letters to Santa will all be on the docket at the Dec. 12 event at the Pioneer Park Pavilion.
Additionally, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance at the warm breakfast buffet, which runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $15 for 13 years and older and $8 for children age 3 to 12. Children age 2 and younger are free.
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“My favorite part is seeing the kids’ faces when they first see Santa,” Burke said. “It’s one of those things that the whole family can go to and have fun.”
Parents are also happy that the event is more laid back, to accommodate little ones who have a hard time sitting still.
“It’s free range for an hour and a half,” Burke said. “You can get your picture taken first and then it breakfast, or eat first.”
The first Breakfast with Santa was introduced in 2004, and ever since local families have made it a part of their holiday tradition.
“There’s a few families that have been coming since the beginning,” Burke said. “The kids were really little in the beginning and now they’re coming back as teenagers.”
While the event is targeted toward children, Burke says the event draws in a broad range of ages, from infants up to grandparents.
“There’s large groups with 10-plus people,” she said. “Grandparents, aunts, uncles — the whole family gets involved. It’s really a fun event.”
To purchase tickets, visit www.cityofpuyallup.org/events/parks-recreation-events/breakfast-santa/.
Breakfast with Santa
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Pioneer Park Pavillion
Tickets must be purchased in advance