Breakfast With Santa at Alton Towers Hotel

One of our favourite Christmas traditions is visiting Alton Towers each year for Santa’s Sleepover. This is a tradition that we have enjoyed for about 11 years now and over those years we have seen the special event change and evolve with new activities added each year. This year we enjoyed a breakfast with Santa for the first time.

Santa Breakfast at Alton Towers

Usually we visit Santa on our first day over at CBeebies land in the theme park and whilst this is still an option we were staying in an Arctic Explorer room so had the chance to have breakfast with Santa instead.

Breakfast was booked for us at 9:15am on the day of our departure. There were two sittings, one at 7:30am and one at 9:15am. I can’t say how busy the 7:30 sitting was but the later one was extremely busy in fact it was full and we did see a very disappointed family who had obviously booked but there was no room for them.

If you have enjoyed breakfast at the Alton Towers hotel before in the secret garden well the Breakfast with Santa is just next door in the Emperors Suite. We were advised to arrive at 10 minutes early and even by this time the waiting area was full.

When the doors opened there was a stampede to get through the door and find a table however there was no need as we had all been allocated a table already.

Santa Breakfast at Alton Towers
We were given a table for four and I will say it was a squeeze. Not only was the table of four small but we were packed in between other tables and it just felt a little overcrowded. Having said that little J didn’t seem to mind and was quite happy tucking in to the pastries that were on the table already.

meeting Mrs Claus
Once everyone was seated we were welcomed by Sir Algenon who is the explorer mentioned throughout Alton Towers. He told us of a time when he met Mrs Claus and then suddenly she arrived. She had prepared a lovely breakfast for us all but before it was time to eat we had to help decorate the tree. Some of the tables had tinsel on and some had presents. We had a present and little J took the present down to the front and placed it under the tree while Mrs Claus and the elves sang a very upbeat and happy song.

Then a special visitor arrived down the chimney - Father Christmas. He was sat throughout the breakfast by the tree so you could visit him, have a photo taken and receive a gift. Mrs Claus and the elves were happy to have their photos taken too.

Once the buffet opened everyone was on their feet to get some food. It was about 9:50am by this time so I can imagine there were quite a few hungry tummies by this time.

The selection of breakfast was just as you would expect. Cereals, fruit and pastries then hot food such as sausage, egg and beans.

There was plenty of food and it stayed available throughout right until it was time to go.

When it was little J's turn to see Santa he went very shy as usual but Santa was great and chatted to him before posing for a photo and then giving little J a gift. He received a cute elephant hand puppet.

Once everyone had finished their food and had their photo with Santa it was time for him to return to the North Pole to prepare for the big day. He sang a lovely duet of ‘Its the most wonderful time of the year’ with Mrs Claus as they made their way through the tables and towards the exit.

meeting elf
Little J really enjoyed the breakfast and was entertained throughout.

What We Loved

A nice addition to the Santa’s Sleepover experience.

It was something we hadn’t experienced before so was good to try something new.

The room and tables were decorated perfectly for the festive season.

Great selection of food and drinks available throughout.

Chance to meet Santa and receive a nice gift.

What Could Improve

The number of people in the room. The room was overcrowded.

There was no professional photograph with Santa as promised. We had to take our own.

The gifts were not wrapped and were not as good as previous years of seeing Santa at the resort.


Overall it was a nice experience for little J and I think we would definitely book again if it is an option next year.



  1. This looks brilliant, it's years since I've visited Alton Towers. Definitely somewhere I'd like to take the children. I agree wrapped presents would be nicer though x

  2. What a lovely and different idea :) Great to have a santa experience at breakfast time , and this sounds so good

  3. This sounds like a great idea for the little ones to meet Santa in a different environment. Shame though that they squeeze so many people in one small room.

  4. Oh my goodness I had no idea that Alton Towers offered such a thing how awesome is it to be able to go and get breakfast with Santa, it looks like it is made to be a fun experience as well.

  5. I didn't realise they did breakfast with Santa. We are planning to visit Alton Towers this year, cannot wait for their new ride

  6. This sounds like a really good experience but it does seem like they over filled it and maybe should have had three separate breakfast sittings not two x

  7. This looks so cute! Although it is a shame that you didn't get the professional picture as promised. x

  8. Oh wow that's so cool, I love that you can have breakfast with Santa! I am glad J had a great time.

  9. I am glad little J enjoyed the experience, it's a shame the table was very small though and a bit of a squeeze.

  10. Ahh what a fantastic Christmas tradition :) It's a shame it was so crowded but I can see why it is so popular!

  11. How lovely is this, a breakfast with santa would be fab. Looks like you had a lovely time x

  12. It looks like you all had a lovely time and what a great way to get in the festive spirit!

  13. I’m glad J enjoyed it but it’s a shame that it was so crowded, you would think that they would know how many can comfortably fit in and presents should always be wrapped x

  14. Oh, wow! I had no idea that Alton Towers did this! What a great event for little ones. Oscar would have loved this :)

    Louise x

  15. Looks MAGICAL wouldnt mind going myself

  16. This is something that I've looked into doing but the overcrowding that you describe would spoil it for me, and as its not cheap I don't think I will bother.


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