As Christmas in Miami draws near, we start searching for the best places to see Santa Claus in Miami. Visiting Santa is a time-honored family tradition, so where can you go this year? The first place that comes to mind is the mall, where you wait in long lines for hours to see the big guy dressed in red. We have alternatives sure to cut your wait time down while getting food in those bellies. Take the kids to breakfast with Santa Claus! They will get a real kick out of sitting down next Santa himself as together they share a stack of pancakes!

Our first stop takes us to a special place in the hearts of both adults and children alike, Dave & Buster's! That’s right, on December 9th from 10:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. you can choose between 3 different play and eat packages festively named the “Elf Package, Rudolph Package, and Mistletoe Package”. Don’t miss this chance to give the kids a jolly time at Dave and Busters in Dolphin Mall.

If our first suggestion is a bit too wild and crazy for your taste, don’t fret, Breakfast at La Riviera at Pullman Miami Airport Hotel offers a delicious buffet that is both adult and child approved. Of course, it wouldn’t be extra special if Santa didn’t make his appearance.  Everyone knows Santa can't resist milk, cookies and crispy bacon. Saint Nick will visit with your wee one, creating a lasting memory and give you fantastic photo ops!

Now, if one of the things you enjoy about taking your kids to see Santa at the mall in Miami is the fact that you can shop a little too, yet you dread those lines, our next suggestion for one of the best places to see Santa Claus in Miami will make you extra jolly. Show up early at FREE Breakfast with Santa at IKEA Miami December 17th from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. and be one of the first 250 family card holders. Your kiddies get a free breakfast with Santa and, Ikea will deduct the cost of your breakfast with Santa from any home furnishing purchase over $100! That’s is what we call double motivation, the kids get to eat and take pictures with Santa and you get discounts! We don’t see a downside to this one.

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Taking the kids to see Santa is all part of the holiday tradition but who says it needs to be stressful. This year, steer clear of the lines at the mall and get yourself to one of the parties mentioned in breakfast with Santa the best places to see Santa Claus in Miami. You can have a fun and relaxing morning with your family, and they will always remember the Christmas they ate breakfast with Santa!  Register on 305 area and connect to articles like this one, everything you need to know about New Year's Eve in Miami and much more. Cover Photo used by permission A. Sykes, other credits Moody AFB