Start a new family tradition this holiday season and get those pinkies up! Put some treats in your belly and hot tea in your cup! From luxury hotel tea rooms, to quaint and quiet services, there are numerous holiday-themed high tea gems perfect for all ages sprinkled across the Bay Area. Spend the perfect afternoon with your mini-me enjoying sweet and savory bites and a pot of your favorite tea.


Photo credit: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz
The Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz has become an annual tradition for many Bay Area families. The classic event, which tends to tip towards the fancier end of holiday teas, stars Stretchy the Elf, his side-kick elf, and the super cuddly Ritz-Carlton teddy bear. Kiddos can indulge in hot chocolate, teddy bear cookies and assorted sandwiches, while the grown ups can snack and enjoy some tea or champagne. There will be holiday stories, sing-a-longs and photo-ops with the Ritz’s teddy bear. Each child will take home a photo with the giant Ritz-Carlton teddy bear, and can even bring home a teddy of their own. $115-120 per guest. Reservations required.

Bonus: A portion of the proceeds benefits Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area.

When: Nov 26-27; Dec 3–4, Dec 10–11, Dec 17–18, Dec 19–23.

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
600 Stockton St.
San Francisco, Ca

holiday high tea the mark

Photo credit: Top of the Mark

Magical Tea at Top of the Mark
It’s that time of the year again! The Top of the Mark hosts a family-friendly tea time that is more than your average afternoon tea. While you sip, your kids will enjoy face painting, balloon artist creations, as well as the chance to make their own edible creations at the cookie decorating station. Grown-ups will love an array of tea sandwiches, scones and special eats from the hotel’s Executive Chef. For the kids, the chef will serve up kid-friendly bites like pigs in a blanket, mac and cheese and chicken nuggets. An elaborate dessert station includes an array of sweet delights including Christmas Yule logs and homemade marshmallows. Be sure to stop by and say hi to Santa in the lobby downstairs on all Saturdays and select Fridays close to Christmas.

When: Every Friday and Saturday from Nov 26–Dec 17; Dec 22–23, Dec 26.

Bonus: Guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy to the San Francisco Fire Department toy drive will receive a $4 discount on the price of the tea service.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
One Nob Hill
San Francisco, Ca
415-616-6941 (Reservations required)

St. Francis Holiday Tea
Your little guests will be dazzled upon walking into the lobby by the “St. Francis Enchanted Castle” a one-of-a-kind rotating 12-feet-tall winter wonderland featuring a towering all-white spun sugar castle. Tea service includes 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. Adults can opt for the Royal Tea, which includes the complete tea service with a glass of Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine. Reservations are required and we recommend booking early. We also recommend a trip up the glass elevator for an extra (and free) thrill. $55-68/adults; $35/12 and under.

When: Nov 26–Dec 18 (Saturdays and Sundays; 2 p.m.–4 p.m.)

335 Powell St.
San Francisco, Ca

Fairmont San Francisco Gingerbread Tea

Photo credit: Fairmont

Gingerbread Tea at the Fairmont
A stroll through the Fairmont’s massive gingerbread house (Standing 22 feet high created with thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and 1,500 pounds of royal icing) will definitely make your little elves’ mouths water. So head to Laurel Court for the hotel’s annual Gingerbread Holiday Tea, where famed kitchen will turn out plenty of delicious treats alongside your tea. $99-119 for adults, $69-89 for children.

When: Nov. 25, 2016–Jan. 1, 2017
(Christmas Eve & Day excepted)

950 Mason St.
San Francisco, Ca


Photo credit: Erin Feher

Tea Under the Tree at The Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Guests big and small will be invited to sit by the fireplace under the festive 27-foot Christmas Tree and dig into a sweet feast of tea sandwiches, savories, and sweet treats. Adults can sip on tea and champagne, while the kiddies can choose from caffeine-free tea, hot cocoa or sparkling cider. There will even be a make-and-take craft for the children to take home. $85/adults, $45/children.

Good to know: This year’s tea will be put on by SF’s ultimate tea party hosts, Crown & Crumpet. For questions and reservations, please contact Crown & Crumpet directly (reservations can only be made by phone).

When: Saturdays and Sundays Nov 26–27, Dec 3-4, Dec 10–11; Every day Dec 17–23, Dec 26–30.

450 Powell St.
San Francisco, Ca

Teddy Bear Tea at Heather Farm

photo credit: The Gardens at Heather Farm

Teddy Bear Tea at The Gardens at Heather Farm
Sip tea on the farm at the 21st annual Teddy Bear Tea at The Gardens at Heather Farm. Enjoy the surroundings of this woodsy, winter wonderland with holiday music in the background. Guests can enjoy a variety of sweet and savory teatime treats, a visit to ‘Bearland’ for story time, snap a souvenir photo, and snag some goodies at the holiday gift boutique. $20/children; $25/adults; free for Teddy Bears! Perfect for children ages 3 to 9. Reservations required.

When: Dec 3–4, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

1540 Marchbanks Dr.
Walnut Creek, Ca

Pinkies Up for High Tea“Un Thé au Petit Jardin”! Teddy Bear Tea
You and your little ones will have a merry ol’ time dressing up and joining the friends over at La Petit Jardin for their 7th Annual Teddy Bear Tea à la française! With traditional holiday music in the background, children will enjoy tea service, fireside story time (in both French and English), and even a chance to take a holiday photo. Tea service will include tea and hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, and holiday cookies. Don’t forget to bring your child’s favorite Teddy Bear for this fun filled morning. Cost: $12/guest

When: Dec 10, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Red Hill Church of San Anselmo
921 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, Ca

the ritz

Photo: Shadelands

Victorian Tea at Shadelands Ranch Museum
Be a part of this East Bay holiday tradition and visit the 33rd Annual Holiday Faire at the Shadelands Ranch Museum. Admission to the faire is free and it’s the perfect place to get your holiday shopping done. Stay for a three-course tea luncheon surrounded by holiday Victorian finery. Tea is $35/person and reservations are required.

When: Nov 26–Dec 11, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

2660 Ygnacio Valley Rd.
Walnut Creek, Ca

Christmas Fairy Tea Party at Lisa’s Tea Treasures Los Altos
Feel like you’ve escaped to the old world at Lisa’s Tea Treasures in Los Altos, with their dainty tea ware, embellished silverware, and servers that are dressed the part. At this years holiday tea, children ages 5- 10 years old will be entertained by a Christmas Fairy, while enjoying tea and snacks, decorating gingerbread men and making ornaments. Advanced reservation is required. $30.95/child.

When: Dec 15; 4:30–6:00 p.m.

Where: 167 Main St.
Los Altos, Ca


Photo: Lovejoy’s Tea Room

Winter Wonderland at Lovejoy’s
If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten path holiday tea experience then take the fam out to Lovejoy’s in Noe Valley. This cozy room offers a quaint tea experience with tons of quirky decorations and decor that will delight the little ones. And, during the holidays the folks at Lovejoy’s transform their tea room into a winter wonderland and offer extended hours so be sure to check their website or call ahead because reservations are recommended. There is an extensive menu, including a dedicated “Wee Tea” (for kids under two) that features cream cheese and jelly sandwiches, a scone, fresh fruit, a petit four, and tea or hot chocolate, all for $16.95.

1351 Church St.
San Francisco, Ca

Holiday Victorian Teas by San Francisco Heritage
This holiday season take a trip back in time to the formal dining room and parlors of the Haas-Lilienthal House for a proper holiday tea. Inside this San Francisco historic mansion, guests will enjoy scones, savory finger sandwiches, an array of desserts with a pot of tea. Advanced reservations are required. $24–$48/guest.

When: Dec 9–11

Where: The Haas-Lilienthal House
2007 Franklin St.
San Francisco, Ca
415–441–3000 ext. 22


photo credit: Silverado Resort & Spa

Worth the Drive

Teddy Bear Tea at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa
Head on up to Silverado in Napa for holiday tea on December 11. The fifth annual Teddy Bear Tea features tea sandwiches, scones and petit fours. The kiddos will enjoy a holiday-themed puppet show, a balloon animal twister and each child will receive a teddy bear to take home. Adults can enjoy a glass of bubbly. Advanced reservations are required. Call 707-257-5495. Cost: $39/child; $49/adult.

When: Dec 11, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

1600 Atlas Peak Rd.
Napa, Ca

hotel healdsburg holiday tea

photo credit: Hotel Healdsburg

Wine Country Holiday Tea at Hotel Healdsburg
There is something magical (and delicious) about Healdsburg during the holidays. Continue the indulgence with some festive fare over at Hotel Healdsburg. The critically-acclaimed property is hosting their fifth annual holiday tea service for children and adults alike. Live piano music plays in the background while guests enjoy a variety of delectables listed on the menu from Executive Chef Scott Romano. Housemade baked goods and traditional petit sandwiches with a twist are served. Menu items include fall spiced salmon served on brioche, lamb prosciutto on pumpernickel and charred truffle eggplant on roasted garlic bread to name a few. Tea service includes tea from Tea Domaine, chef Charlie Palmer’s owner blend and Healdsburg’s own Dragonfly tea company. A specialty cocktail menu is also offered. Children have their own food and beverages, like hot chocolate with marshmallows or apple cider. The little ones can really get into the spirit with hands fans, tiaras, white gloves and fake mustache that will be provided.

$14–43/guest. Reservations can be made by calling Dry Creek Kitchen at 707.431.2800.

When: Nov. 26–Dec. 18, Sat. & Sun. 2–4 p.m; Dec 22 & 23.

25 Matheson St.
Healdsburg. Ca

Will you be attending a holiday high tea this year? Share with us where you will be going in the comments below!  

–Jennifer Yco