In 2011 we had Breakfast with Santa at the Rooftop Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center. Not knowing what to expect we were disappointed. The Santa wasn’t authentic and the food was average for the price. On top of that we were managing white tablecloths and china with a 1, 2 and 4 year old.

Always looking for new holiday experiences I was happy to stumble upon the Choral Arts Family performance at the Kennedy Center this year. The show features all the popular holiday songs, encouraging people to sing a long, with special visits by some of your favorite holiday characters. With our Saturday planned for the Kennedy Center I decided to give Breakfast with Santa another try.

This time the Santa was sincere and real, writing down the names and wishes of each child. Brunch was lavish and delicious with oysters and shrimp, champagne and Shirley temples. And the performance was fun, interactive and the perfect length.


An integral part of any visit to the Kennedy Center is the terrace and the view.

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