Holiday Tea Experiences in Chicagoland

Pinkies up and enjoy some festive treats at these afternoon teas.

If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday event that’s all about savoring the sensory delights of the festive season with your children, a holiday tea may be just the answer.

Care for a spot of tea? There’s nothing quite like having holiday tea to enjoy the magic of the season and it’s extra special when you get to spend it with family. Many places even cater to the youngest crowds with their own special kids’ menu.

Here are a few holiday tea experiences perfect for Chicago families.

Palm Court at Drake Hotel Chicago

Through Jan. 9, 2022

Get into the holiday spirit by listening carolers and a harpist perform holiday classics while sipping French teas. The holiday tea service will provide festive options like roasted turkey with pumpkin-sage cream cheese with cranberry relish on pumpernickel, and a holiday yule log with chestnut cream.

The Langham Chicago

Nov. 17, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022

Tea is taken seriously at The Langham, offering selections exclusive to the Chicago hotel. You’ll love the holiday touch on its menu especially with delectable desserts like Chocolate Ornament (chocolate mousse and Rice Krispy crunch) and Santa Belly Macaron.

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea

Nov. 20-Dec. 24, 2021

If Peter Rabbit is your ideal hero in juvenile literature, then The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party should be right up your Anglophile alley. Kids ages 2-6 can enjoy an interactive puppet show with some of their favorite Potter characters (we’re talking Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Simpkin the Cat), as well as an elegant tea party and photos with the cast.  

Suzette’s Crêperie

Nov. 26-Dec. 31, 2021

Think tea is just for the English? Au contraire, mon frère. Suzette’s is an incredibly cute creperie located a short walk from the Wheaton Metra stop, and it upholds the French pastry tradition quite nicely. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, with some wingback chairs that make little ones feel extra special. Grab some Christmas cookies from the adjoining patisserie.

The Peninsula Chicago

Nov. 26, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022

Having tea becomes extra special when you’re sipping tea while listening to live music with a view of The Peninsula’s beautifully-decorated tree. Enjoy a traditional English tea menu with finger sandwiches, scones and petite seasonal pastries.

Lucille Restaurant at Drury Lane

Nov. 27-Dec. 18, 2021

On Saturdays, enjoy holiday music being played by a harpist while you sip seasonal teas and nosh on amazing desserts. Parents, you can also treat yourself to unlimited champagne.


Nov. 27, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022

The French bakery offers a three-course holiday menu, but you definitely cannot leave without trying the highly acclaimed macarons. With a variety of flavors, so you’re bound to find a favorite. Other must-tries include a petit croissant with black forest ham, Gruyere cheese and shallot aioli. Leave room for the last course, house-made hot chocolate and holiday tea cookie. Yum!

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