Festive Holiday Teas for the Family in Marin and San Francisco

December 1, 2014

Holiday Magic Toybox Tea at FalkirkHoliday teas are a fun seasonal treat for children and their parents, whether they're at a local library or a fancy hotel in the city. There are several in Marin this season. Holiday teas are popular and usually fill up quickly, so reserve your spot as soon as possible if you plan to go. Here are a few of our favorites in Marin and San Francisco.


A Holiday Magic Toy Box Tea at Falkirk
Saturday and Sunday, December 13 & 14, seatings at noon & 3 pm

1408 Mission Avenue at "E" Street, San Rafael
The tea is an old-fashioned tour de force in the elegant Queen Anne Victorian Falkirk Mansion. Homemade tea sandwiches and sweets are served, along with tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages. Features include life-sized toys, a raffle, and plenty of photo opportunities. Make sure you bring your teddy bear or other favorite toy! The Magic Toy Box Tea is hosted by the Cultural Affairs Service League. This extremely popular event is by reservation only and always sells our early! Reserve your spot by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online here.. The cost is $25 for adults and $22 for children, or $45 for an adult-and-child combination ticket. For more info, visit www.falkirkculturalcenter.org.

Bookmarks Annual Teddy Bear Tea at the Belvedere Tiburon Library
Saturday & Sunday December 13 & 14; seatings at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, & 11:30 am

1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon
Piping-hot cocoa, savory eats, and festive treats greet you as you step into the Belvedere-Tiburon Library's holiday themed Teddy Bear Tea for children of all ages. Delight your children with this wonderful age-old tradition. Afterwards, enjoy a holiday sing along with a special guest. Holiday stories will be read by the Children's Librarian, Alicia Bell. On your way out, get your photo taken with a large, friendly white bear and don’t forget to pick up your keepsake souvenir to take home and treasure! Tickets are $25 per seat. For more info, visit www.teddybearteainfo.com or call (415) 233-2009.

Fifth Annual Teddy Bear Tea à la Française
Saturday, December 13, 11 am–12:30 pm
Red Hill Church of San Anselmo
Come for tea and hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, holiday cookies, and fun! You and your little ones will enjoy tea service, traditional live holiday music, a fireside telling of The story of Christmas in English and French, and a professional photo seating! Each child should bring his or her own teddy bear (or nounours) to share tea time with and dress in dapper holiday style! Free (donations are accepted but not expected). RSVP required at amber@lpjkids.com. Location: 921 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo.

San Francisco

Holiday Prince and Princess Tea
Saturdays and Sundays through December 21; seatings at 11 am and 1:30 pm
Secret Garden Tea House, San Francisco
The Secret Garden Tea House across from Golden Gate Park offers a holiday Prince and Princess Tea for children 12 and under, featuring a choice of tea, hot chocolate, egg nog, or lemonade, fancy festive tea sandwiches, and holiday sweets and cookies. Each child takes home a Christmas gift bag full of holiday surprises. Cost: $22.95–$34.95 per person. Reservations required: call (415) 702-0398. Location: 721 Lincoln Way (at 9th Avenue). For more info, visit their website.

Top of the Mark Children’s Magical Holiday Tea
Friday & Saturday, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; seatings at noon, 12-2:30 pm
999 California Street at Mason, San Francisco
Magical Holiday Tea is open to kids and adults of all ages. Guests will enjoy a cookie decorating station with Chef Nenad Stefanovic, a fire engine display in the courtyard, and visits from Santa Claus (see website for schedule). Adults are offered an array of both sweet and savory tea sandwiches as well as special items from the kitchen. Young tea-goers will receive a selection of popular kids’ treats including pigs in a blanket, macaroni and cheese, and chicken nuggets. Guests may also enjoy the dessert buffet filled with a Christmas yule log, fresh fruit tartlets, homemade marshmallows, and more. $60 per person; $56 with toy donation to Toys for Tots. Advance reservations required: (415) 616-6941. For more info, visit their website.

Gingerbread Holiday Tea at the Fairmont Hotel
Daily November 29–30 and December 6–31
600 Stockton Street, San Francisco
At the Fairmont's Gingerbread Holiday Day, children will receive a Nutcracker Trinket and a gingerbread cookie to decorate. A Christmas fairy and balloon elf will be on hand to entertain young guests. Cost: $79 per person ($85 weekends), $45 for children under 12. Includes a glass of sparkling wine or sparking cider for guests under 21 years of age. Seating: Monday–Saturday 1:30–3:30 pm, Sundays 1:30–5:30 pm. No tea on Christmas Day. Reservations: (415) 772-5204. For more info, visit their website.

Santa Claus Tea at Garden Court in the Palace Hotel
December 1, 8, 15, & 22 at 2 & 3:30 pm

2 New Montgomery Street (at Market), San Francisco
Celebrate the holidays with the timeless tradition of holiday afternoon tea in the renowned Garden Court at San Francisco's Sheraton Palace Hotel. The Garden Court offers a superb dining experience in what is heralded as one of the world's most beautiful public spaces. Cost: $75 adults and $60 children 5–12. Call (415) 546-5089 for reservations. For more info, visit their website.

Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz-Carlton
November 29–30, December 5–7, 13–14, 19–23, seatings at 10 am & 1 pm

600 Stockton at California Street, San Francisco
Children and their favorite stuffed animals gather in the Terrace Room of the Ritz-Carlton to enjoy holiday treats and this popular family show featuring an entertaining elf and his animated sidekick and a giant Teddy Bear. Each child will receive a teddy bear gift and photo with the giant Teddy Bear to take home. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. Cost: $110 per guest, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Call (415) 773-6199 or (415) 773-6168 for reservations. For more info, visit their website.