Where to eat with Santa and decorate gingerbread houses and cookies in metro Atlanta

Get into the holiday spirit by eating with Santa and learning to decorate gingerbread houses and holiday cookies at one of these metro Atlanta restaurants.

Holiday cookie and gingerbread house decorating

Cooks & Soldiers. Head to Cooks & Soldiers in West Midtown for a holiday cookie baking and decorating class from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 22. All participants will receive the printed recipes needed to prepare and decorate cookies at home, and an abbreviated pintxos menu and bar menu will be available to order from. RSVP by emailing kara@cooksandsoldiers.com.

691 14th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-996-2623, cooksandsoldiers.com/

Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. Head to Crowne Plaza from 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 16 for a free holiday cookie decorating workshop.

4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 770-395-7700, ihg.com/crowneplaza

Davio’s. Head to Davio’s at noon on Dec. 8 for a children’s gingerbread house workshop. Executive chef Michael Peñaranda will lead a demonstration and workshop. Tickets are $55 per child, with guests receiving a gingerbread house to decorate plus lunch. Adult admission is free. Participants are asked to bring one unwrapped toy for North Atlanta Toys for Tots.

3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-844-4810, DaviosAtl.com

Fellows. Join the Fellows team for holiday cookie decorating, music and snacks from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

1088 Green St., Roswell. fellowscafe.com/

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. Through Dec. 31, get a gingerbread house kit for $5.95 that can be used while you wait for your food and drinks to arrive. Each kit comes with pre-cut edible gingerbread walls and roof pieces,icing and  gummy and chocolate candies for decorating. All proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity International.

5224 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners. 470-735-4501, lazydogrestaurants.com/

The St. Regis. Join forces with former White House master pastry chef Bill Yosses for two holiday baking classes. At 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, attend The Art of Curating a Pie, an interactive baking demonstration where participants will learn how to assemble a blueberry pie from scratch and enjoy cocktails, festive hors d'oeuvres and a coffee bar with spirits for $150 per person. At 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, attend The Art of Curating a Gingerbread House, a family-friendly class where children can decorate a gingerbread house while parents participate in afternoon tea featuring teas, and a menu of petite sandwiches, scones, pastries and petit fours, cocktails and a coffee bar with spirits. Entry is $125 per adult and $95 per child. 

88 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-563-7900, exploretock.com/stregisatl/

Ted’s Montana Grill. The East Cobb location of Ted’s is hosting a holiday cookie decorating party at 10 a.m. Dec. 14. 

640 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 770-578-8337, tedsmontanagrill.com/

The Village Corner German Restaurant and Bakery. Bring your creative side to The Village Corner for gingerbread house workshops at 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18. 

6655 James B. Rivers Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-498-0329, germanrestaurant.com/

Vino Venue. Get in the holiday spirit at one of Vino Venue’s all-ages gingerbread house parties. They’ll provide you with a blank canvas gingerbread house and royal icing while you select from more than 20 different kinds of candy for decorating, followed by hands-on instruction. Specials on mimosas, lunch and childrens’ meals will be available during and after the class. Classes will be offered Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 23.

4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-668-0435, vinovenue.com/shop/gingerbread.html

Dining with Santa 

Buckhead Diner. Feast on breakfast while taking pictures with Santa and his North Pole friends Dec. 7 or 8 from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Package options include breakfast for $60 per person or $80 per person with a bottomless mimosa option. 

3073 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta. 404-262-3336, eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-tickets-74837957345

Farm Burger Midtown. Head to Farm Burger in Midtown for a meet and greet and free photos with Santa from 12:30-2:30 p.m., All-day specials from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. include $1 fries, $3 hot chocolate and hot apple cider and a $5 holiday burger.  From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 10% of proceeds will be donated to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.Free parking for up to two hours is provided with validation.

22 14th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-343-2888, farmburger.com/

Hampton + Hudson. Celebrate the holiday season with Santa Dec. 15 from noon-4 p.m. with a special holiday brunch menu, hot chocolate bar and visit from Santa. Stick around for a holiday market with items from local vendors from noon-5 p.m. and a Doggie Mingle starting a 3 p.m. 

299 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-948-2123, hamptonandhudson.com/

Muss & Turner’s. The Smyrna restaurant is offering complimentary Santa visits and personal photos with brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Brunch buffet is $34.93 for adults, $16.93 kids 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

1675 Cumberland Pkwy, Smyrna. 770-434-1114, mussandturners.com/santa/

Livingston Restaurant + Bar. Head to the Livingston from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15 for visits with Santa, $5 professional photographs (printed onsite) and a brunch buffet featuring dishes including breakfast pastries, salads, scrambled eggs with tarragon, mini Belgian waffles and crawfish étouffée. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children 4-12 and complimentary for children three and under. 

659 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-898-8300. livingstonatlanta.com

Pancake Social. Join Santa for brunch at 8:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. Dec. 18 at Pancake Social. Tickets are $35 and include an appearance by Santa and the Pancake Social Breakfast Plate with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, a buttermilk pancake and a drink. 

675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 678-609-8696, eventbrite.com/e/pancakes-with-santa-tickets-82595975787

The Shed at Glenwood. Put on your holiday pajamas and head to the shed for breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 22.  Try brunch dishes including French Toast and Peaches, Southern Chicken Omelette, The Shed BLT and holiday specials, along with classic mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys, plus a visit with Santa.

475 Bill Kennedy Way SE, Atlanta. 404-835-4363, theshedatglenwood.com/events.html

Southern Art. Gather the kids for Southern Art’s annual children’s holiday party Dec. 8 featuring face painting, cookie decorating, photo ops with Santa, brunch, rides on a children’s train and performances from a local choir. Seatings are from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1-3 p.m. Tickets are $59 for adults, $39 for children and complimentary under age three.

3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-946-9070, ninth-annual-childrens-holiday-brunch-party-registration-71362640579

Swan Coach House. Lunch will feature a seasonal buffet with hot cocoa and a visit from Santa Dec. 8 and 15 with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations are required. 
3130 Slaton Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-261-0636, swancoachhouse.com/

Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead. Have a special holiday afternoon tea with Santa Dec. 7 and 14, featuring seasonal teas including Gingerbread House and Organic Sugar Plum Fairy Tale, as well as mulled spiced wine shooters, pumpkin spice scones with clotted cream and jams, eggnog bread pudding, sweet potato cheesecake, and other sweets. Seatings are at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $72 for adults, $30 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under are free.

3376 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-995-7500, eventbrite.com/e/holiday-tea-and-photo-with-santa-at-the-waldorf-astoria-127-tickets-79966113799

The Whitley. Pinkies up for holiday tea with Santa at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 at The Whitley. Tickets are $55 for adults and $40 for children ages 6-12 and include tea, finger sandwiches and pastries, cookie and gingerbread house and cookie decorating and appearances by Santa. Children under 5 eat free. 

3434 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-237-2700, thewhitleyhotel.com/

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