Festive Holiday Teas for the Family in Marin and San Francisco

December 2, 2013

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 14 & 15, 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! Make reservations by calling (415) 485-3333. 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 14 & 15; 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 Belveder-Tiburon Library's holiday themed Teddy Bear Tea. Delight your children with this wonderful age-old tradition. Afterwards enjoy a holiday sing-along with a special elf visiting all the way from the North Pole. Holiday stories will be ready by your favorite librarian. On your way out get your photo take with our 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.

Un Thé au Petit Jardin
Saturday, December 14, 10:30 am–noon
Red Hill Church of San Anselmo
Come for tea and hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, holiday cookies, and fun at Le Petit Jardin's annual Teddy Bear Tea à la française! You and your little ones ages 8 and under will enjoy tea service, traditional French holiday music, fireside story time, a professional photo seating. Dress up in dapper holiday style and don't forget to bring your favorite bear! Free admission, but space is very limited so reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP visit www.lpjkids.com to pay or call (415) 459-3978.

San Francisco:

Holiday Prince and Princess Tea
Through December 23 (except December 20); seatings at 11 am, 1:30 pm, and 4 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, festive tea sandwiches, and holiday sweets and cookies. Each child takes home a Christmas gift bag full of holiday surprises. Cost: $22.95–$32.95 per person. Reservations required: call (415) 702-0398. Closed Mondays, except December 16 and 23. Location: 721 Lincoln Way (at 9th Avenue). For more info, visit their website.

Holiday Tea at Top of the Mark
December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; noon–2:30 pm with seatings at noon, 12:30 and 1 pm
999 California Street at Mason, San Francisco
Buffet service featuring Perry the Magician and Fire Pixie face painter as well as a cookie decorating station with the chef. Children bring home a complimentary gift. Bring a toy to donate to the US Marines Toys for Tots Drive and receive a $2 discount. Cost: $50 per person; $48 per person with donation for Toys for Tots. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity. You'll also find Santa in the lobby on December 7, 14, and 21 from 12:30pm–4:30pm. Advance reservations required by calling (415) 616-6941. For more info, visit their website.

Nutcracker Tea at the Fairmont Hotel
Saturdays and Sundays through December 15, daily from December 16–29
600 Stockton Street, San Francisco
The Fairmont presents a Gingerbread Holiday Tea available on Saturdays and Sundays from November 30–December 15, 2013, from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Their Gingerbread Tea will be served everyday during winter school break from December 16 through December 29, 2013. Children will receive a Nutcracker Trinket and a gingerbread cookie to decorate. Cost: $74 per person, $37 for children under 5 (Tax & Gratuity not included). Includes a glass of Sparkling Wine or a Christmas ‘Mocktail’ for guests under 21 years of age. Seating: 1:30 - 3:30 pm - Reservations: 415-772-5204.

Santa Claus Tea at Garden Court in the Sheraton Palace Hotel
Saturdays, December 7, 14, 21, & 28 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: $55 adults and $45 children. Call (415) 546-5089 for reservations. For more info, visit their website.

Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz-Carlton
December 6–8, 14–15, 20–24, seatings at 10 am & 1 pm

600 Stockton at California Street, San Francisco
Children and their favorite stuffed animals gather in the Terrace Room transformed into a winter wonderland for this popular family tradition featuring Stretchy the Elf—the tallest elf in the world, his sidekick Holly Berry, and the giant cuddly Ritz-Carlton Teddy Bear. A special tea experience of hot chocolate with marshmallows, kids' tea sandwiches, cookies, and pastries will be served while the kids are entertained with holiday stories, lively sing-alongs, and a photo opportunity with the Ritz-Carlton Teddy Bear to take home. Each child will also receive a small teddy bear gift. 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.