How to make a Christmas North Pole breakfast

Do you know what a North Pole breakfast is? Well, nor did I until this year. A North Pole breakfast is a festive table of…

Do you know what a North Pole breakfast is?

Well, nor did I until this year.

A North Pole breakfast is a festive table of treats for the Christmas season. It is the kind of treat that your children dream of, and a lovely way to welcome in the best time of the year.

It’s the perfect way to indulge and create some special Christmas traditions for the little ones.

So what is a North Pole breakfast?

The idea of a North Pole breakfast seems to have popped up out of nowhere. It is however, one of the most talked about new traditions for Christmas 2020.

In reality, people have probably been organising North Pole breakfasts for years on Pinterest. It’s only really this year, because everything else is cancelled that families in the UK seem to have jumped onboard.

With all of the cancelled events and grottos being closed because of the pandemic, families have decided to make their own magic at home for Christmas 2020.

In theory, a North Pole breakfast can be organised by your cheeky Christmas elf when he/she/it arrives back into your homes. You know, the one who is supposed to sit on the shelf?


The idea is that the kids wake up to find a whole feast of yummy treats, prepared by the elf. I’m talking about hot chocolate, gingerbread, pancakes, cookies, and more marshmallows than you could shake a stick at.

It’s the best way to kick off the start of the festive season, or as a Christmas Eve surprise.

After all, all rules about healthy eating are out of the window at this time of year anyway, right?!

So for weeks, I have been looking on Pinterest and taking inspiration from Instagram to collate some of the best and most practical North Pole breakfast ideas that I could find.

What to eat at your North Pole breakfast

Now, don’t be under any illusions that this is going to be a healthy breakfast.

A North Pole breakfast really is a sugar-fest. You can however, make healthier food choices for nutrition or dietary needs.

  • Fruit trees – get creative with fruit to create these festive and healthy trees.
  • Strawberry Santas – really simple to make, with only 3 ingredients, but cute as a button!
  • Banana Santas – make sleepy Santas with a few tasty ingredients.
  • Gingerbread biscuits – I love this easy gingerbread recipe.
  • Fruit candy canes – arrange bananas and strawberries to make a candy cane shape.
  • Banana snowmen – easy to make and a really healthy option.
  • Pancakes – make easy banana pancakes and present them in the shape of a snowman.
  • Ham and cheese Christmas cracker snacks – cut cheese into festive shapes using a biscuit cutter and lay onto crackers.
  • Chocolate crispy reindeer cakes – make a simple chocolate crispy cake, and use pretzels, marshmallows and smarties to decorate.
  • Reindeer marshmallow pops – dip a marshmallow in melted chocolate, and stick eyes, Smarties and pretzels on to create cheeky reindeer pops.
North Pole breakfast ideas
  • Toast or sandwiches cut into festive shapes – using those Christmas cookie cutters.
  • Cucumber and carrot trees – make these stunning trees using cucumber ribbons and carrots.

What to drink at your North Pole breakfast

  • Hot chocolate is always a winner, and if you like it, add squirty cream and marshmallows for some extra indulgence.
  • Milkshakes look extra tempting in little milk bottles, or as I did, in latte glasses with wiggly eyes and sequins stuck on.
  • A babyccino for a low sugar option (frothed milk).
North Pole breakfast hot chocolate

How to decorate the table for your North Pole breakfast

  • A Christmas-themed table cloth or runner, novelty napkins, place mats, plates and stirrers
  • Christmas mugs, or if you don’t have any, add faces to glasses or bottles with basic craft supplies
  • Christmas crackers if you have any spares
  • LED candles or lanterns – I used some decorations with lights included
  • Battery operated fairy lights
  • A DIY table sign in a frame
  • Christmas hats or headbands
  • Streamers and confetti
  • Balloons

You can basically add whatever you like, as long as it’s Chrismassy!

For more ideas, follow my North Pole breakfast Pinterest board.