Festive Holiday Teas for the Family in Marin and San Francisco

November 20, 2016

Holiday Tea Falkirk

Holiday 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 space is often limited, so reserve your spot as soon as possible if you plan to go. Here are a few of our favorites in Marin, San Francisco, and the Wine Country.


A Holiday Magic Toy Box Tea at Falkirk

Saturday and Sunday, December 10 & 11 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 (800) 838-3006 or online here. The cost is $28 for adults and $24 for children or $50 for an adult-and-child combination ticket. For more info, visit www.falkirkculturalcenter.org.

7th Annual Teddy Bear Tea à la Française

Saturday, December 10, 10:30 am–noon
Red Hill Church of San Anselmo
Come for tea and hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, holiday cookies, and fun with Le Petit Jardin! You and your little ones will enjoy tea service, traditional live holiday music, a fireside telling of the story of the first Christmas in English and French, and a professional photo seating! Each child should dress in dapper style and bring his or her own teddy bear pal from home to share tea time with! $10 per seat; space limited. Book your reservation online. Location: 921 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

San Francisco

Santa Claus Tea at Garden Court in the Palace Hotel

Mondays, December 5, 12, 19, 2–4:30 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. $95 adults, $65 children 5–12. Call (415) 546-5089 for reservations. For more info, visit their website.

Gingerbread Holiday Tea at the Fairmont Hotel

Daily November 25 through January 1, 1:30 & 3:30 pm
600 Stockton Street, San Francisco
At the Fairmont's Gingerbread Holiday Day, children will receive a Nutcracker ornament and a gingerbread cookie to decorate. A Christmas fairy and balloon elf will be on hand to entertain young guests. Cost: $99 adults, $65 children under 12; $119 adults and $89 children on weekends and December 19–30. Includes a glass of sparkling wine or sparking cider. Seatings at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. No tea on Christmas Eve or Chistmas Day. Reservations: (415) 772-5204. For more info, visit their website.

Top of the Mark Children’s Magical Holiday Tea

Friday & Saturday, November 26, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
Thursday & Friday, December 22 & 23
Monday, December 26, noon & 12:30 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, Santa's sleigh in the lobby, Raul the Master Baloonatic, and face painting by Fire Pixie, Bri the Magical Holiday Character, plus a tea-time buffet. Santa will visit on Saturdays, too! $70 per person; $66 with toy donation to the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Drive. Advance reservations required: (415) 616-6941. Location: 999 California Street. For more info, visit their website.

Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz-Carlton

November 26 & 27, 1 pm
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, & 18, 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: $120 adults, $115 children, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Call (415) 773-6199 or (415) 773-6168 for reservations. For more info, visit their website.

Tea Under the Tree at the Sir Francis Drake

Saturdays, November 26–December 30, 11 am–3 pm
450 Powell Street, San Francisco
Crown & Crumpet partners with the Sir Francis Drake Hotel this holiday season to serve a very proper English afternoon tea under the Sir Francis Drake's 20-foot tree display on the lobby mezzanine. Tea includes a selection of tea sandwiches, warm savories, scones, crumpets, tasty sweets and treats, and a choice of various teas. Complimentary glass of sparkling wine or apple cider included. Children 12 and under get craft to make and take. Last seating at 3 pm. Cost: $85 adults, $45 children. For more info and reservations, visit their website.

St. Francis Holiday Tea

Saturdays & Sundays, November 26–December 18, 2–4 pm
335 Powell Street, San Francisco
Begin this elegant tea outing with a choice of fine artisan teas from Mighty Leaf or Red Blossom Tea Company, followed by a selection of English tea sandwiches, freshly baked black currant scones and seasonal berries with Devonshire-blend cream, preserves and assorted petit fours. Guests may also choose the Royal Tea that includes the complete tea service with a glass of Gloria Ferrer Brut sparkling wine. Cost: $55 and up adults, $35 children 12 and under. Reservations required: (415) 774-0264. More information

Holiday Prince and Princess Tea

Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am, 1:30 pm & 4 pm; Tuesday–Friday, 11 am–5 pm
Secret Garden Tea House,
721 Lincoln Way (at 9th Avenue), 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: $25.95 children, $36.95 adults. Reservations and pre-ordering required: call (415) 702-0398. For more info, visit their website.

Wine Country

Teddy Bear Tea at Silverado Resort & Spa

Sunday, December 11, 1:30–3:30 pm
1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa Valley
Enjoy tea, scones, petit fours, and sparkling wine as well as a holiday puppet show, guest teddy bear balloon animal twister. Each child takes home a teddy bear stuffed toy. Cost: $49 adults (includes glass of sparkling wine), $39 children. Reservations: (707) 257-5495. More infomation

Holiday Tea at Hotel Healdsburg

Saturdays & Sunday, November 26–December 18
Thursday, December 22 & Friday, December 23, 2–4 pm
317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Celebrate the season with festive holiday decor, dazzling winter florals, and live piano music at Hotel Healdsburg's Dry Creek Kitchen. Indulge in housemade pastries, petit sandwiches, and other holiday fare; kids get a choice of tea, cider, or hot chocolate. Cost: $34–$43 adults, $14 children. Call (707) 431-2800 for reservations. More information

Holiday Mad Hatter Tea Party

Tuesday, December 20, 4–6 pm
Tudor Rose English Tea Room, 733 4th Street, Santa Rosa
Take a trip down the rabbit hole this holiday season with Alice for a Mad Hatter-themed tea party! Tea party fare includes a light tea of scones with jam and cream, mini quiches and cupcakes, and raspberry vanilla tea, as well as entertainment from Amazing Fairytale Parties. Costumes encouraged! Admission: $39 per person. Make reservations online.