Traditions and parties multiply faster than rabbits during the holiday season. If you have little ones it can be hard to find just the right mix of fun, snack time and a little bit of quiet bonding. Holiday tea parties in the District are the perfect treat to keep you going and feeling sweet all season long. Indulge in some crumpets with your little poppet this month to help stay toasty warm.

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Ballet & Biscuits
What better way to embrace the winter season than with a special performance of The Nutcracker. The Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton offers a special performance by the South Riding Dance Company to delight you and your child. Let the magic of this production sweep you away as you sit back, sip some tea or hot chocolate and enjoy fine pastries from the hotel’s Pastry Team. The real treat is the modern twist that tops off this classic holiday favorite—each child takes home a Nutcracker doll of their own.

Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Blvd. (McLean, Va)
When: Dec. 20, 10 am and 1 pm
Cost: $79
Online: ritzcarlton.com

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A Touch Different
Tea at the Mansion on O Street is not your average affair. You’ll have to book a spot to get in on the fun now and after the yuletide festivities are over. Decorated for December, kids can spend their time looking for hidden passageways and secret doors (over 70 of them!) in the 100 rooms of the mansion. When they finally settle down, mums and dads alike can take part in some tasty treats with cocoa for the kids and s’mores, fruit and sweet breads with crème fraiche for everyone.

The Mansion on O Street
2020 O St., NW (Dupont Circle)
202-496-2000
Cost: $30; $20/kids under 12
Online: omansion.com

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A Bicycle Built for Two
Stop in at the Pink Bicycle Tea Room in Occoquan for some Mommy & Me: Tea and Trinkets this holiday season. Moms and kids alike can nibble and nosh on PB&J or cucumber tea sandwiches. Fresh fruit and juices are available for the wee ones while mom can try a fresh baked scone with clotted cream. Craft events combined with tea service are also available during the month. It’s an afternoon all ages can sip and enjoy.

The Pink Bicycle Tea Room
303 Commerce St. (Occoquan, Va)
703-491-5216
Prices available upon request. Reservations needed.
Online: pinkbicycletearoom.com

Do you do tea parties with your little lady or gent? Tell us about it in the Comments section below. 

—Victoria Mason

Photos: Pink Bicycle Tea Room via Facebook and The Mansion on O Street via Facebook