Festive Holiday Teas for the Family in Marin and San Francisco

December 1, 2015

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 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 and San Francisco.


A Holiday Magic Toy Box Tea at Falkirk

Saturday and Sunday, December 12 & 13 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.

6th Annual Teddy Bear Tea à la Française

Saturday, December 12, 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.

San Francisco

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, 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. 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 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 23, 26; noon–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, Santa's sleigh in the lobby, Raul the Master Baloonatic, and face painting by Fire Pixie, plus a tea-time buffet. $65 per person; $61 with toy donation to Toys for Tots. Advance reservations required: (415) 616-6941. Location: 999 California Street. For more info, visit their website.

Gingerbread Holiday Tea at the Fairmont Hotel

Daily through December 30, 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: $89 per person ($99 weekends), $59 for children under 12 ($69 weekends). Includes a glass of sparkling wine or sparking cider. Seating: 1:30–3:30 pm. No tea on Christmas Eve or Chistmas Day. Reservations: (415) 772-5204. For more info, visit their website.

Santa Claus Tea at Garden Court in the Palace Hotel

December 7, 14, 21, 28, 2–5 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. Call (415) 546-5089 for reservations. For more info, visit their website.

Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz-Carlton

December 5, 6, 12, 13, 17, 19–24, seatings at 10 am & 1 pm
600 Stockton at California Street, San Francisco
Children and their favorite stuffed animals gather in the Terrace Room 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 per adult; $115 per child, 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

December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19–23, 26–30, seatings at 11 am, noon, 1 pm & 2 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. Cost: $85 adults, $45 children. For more info and reservations, visit their website.