Need a break from the hoards of screaming children standing in line to get their photo taken with Santa Claus? How about a respite from the shopping mall madness? Enjoy a moment of peace (even if for a few hours) over a cup of tea. We promise it’s just what you need to turn up the holiday cheer and tone down the holiday havoc. Here are four family-friendly holiday teas in the Seattle area – all different tea-experiences so that you can pick one to fit your family’s style.

The Georgian Holiday Tea at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University Street, Seattle
Dates: December 1 – December 30, 2012, excluding holidays
Reservations: 206-621-7889
Probably the best known holiday tea in Seattle – and for good reason – The Georgian at the classic Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle offers a beautiful, traditional holiday tea service for families. The menu is just as you would imagine – tiny tea sandwiches, scones and little bites of other treats and they even have a special kids’ tea menu, available upon request. We can’t say this is the best place to take your loud, impatient toddler for a special holiday event, but children who are able to sit still a little longer will love it.

Queen Mary Tea Room
2912 NE 55th Street, Seattle
Dates: Now open seven days a week, through December 31
Reservations: Accepted online or by phone at 206-527-2770
A beloved tea room in Seattle, the Queen Mary Tea Room doesn’t have a specific holiday tea, but their beautiful tea room is decorated to the nines for the holidays and they have a yummy selection of seasonal-flavored teas to pick from. You’ll definitely want to make reservations at the Queen Mary and pull out your most pretty and handsome tea-attire for your visit. Be sure to read the “What to Expect” section on their website before you arrive.

Tuscan Tea Room Bistro
4521 California Ave. SW, West Seattle
Dates: Through January 6, 2012
Reservations: Online or by phone – 206-906-9914
Christmas Tea at the Tuscan Tea Room Bistro is sure to become a holiday tradition for your family – they go all out for this afternoon tea sitting during the holidays including amazing decorations and a yummy menu. We especially love the Tuscan Tea Room because it is a little less stuffy for little ones. For their Christmas Tea, they have a special menu and tea price for children under the age of ten. And adult tea drinkers will be very impressed with their extensive menu of teas and treats. Christmas Tea is Served Saturday & Sunday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

Village Eatery and Tea Company
Country Village Bothell, 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell
Please call for dates and reservations: 425-483-2005
Families on the north side of Seattle will love to enjoy holiday tea at The Village Eatery and Tea Company, located in the super kid-friendly Country Village Bothell. At the time of press, they were still narrowing down dates and times for their holiday tea schedule – please contact the Village Eatery for more details and reservations.

We want to hear what is your favorite place in Seattle to take the kiddos out for holiday tea?

— Katie Kavulla

photo credit: Grey Meyer via Tuscan Tea Room Bistro facebook page