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.

Holiday Afternoon Tea at the Drake Hotel Chicago

Nov. 3, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023

Enjoy a holiday afternoon tea with a live harpist and holiday carolers will be stationed to perform on select dates through Christmas. Carolers will be performing on Nov. 19-20, 26-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and on the 12 Days of Christmas from Dec. 13-25.

Vanille Holiday Tea at Vanille Chicago

Nov. 4, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023

The French bakery offers a three-course holiday menu with signature scones, pastries and finger sandwiches. Sip on Benjamin’s Tea or BYOB ($10 corkage fee). Reservations are for 4-10 people in their private dining room.

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party at Chicago Children’s Theatre

Nov. 19-Dec. 24, 2022

Enjoy an interactive trunk and puppet show, which includes original music on violin, mandolin, toy piano and banjo. Hot cocoa and cookies follow the show. Best for ages 2-6.

Christmas Tea at Suzette’s Crêperie

Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 2022

Start a new holiday tradition and take your family to this Christmas Tea with three courses. The menu features pumpkin cider bisque, mini quiche, lemon curd, warm apricot scones and more. Reservation required. Must call to make a reservation.

Holiday Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula Chicago

Nov. 25, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023

This tea event features a traditional English tea menu including a variety of finger sandwiches, scones and petite seasonal pastries. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. For each adult ticket sold, $10 will be donated to a local literacy charity, The Chicago Public Library Foundation.

Teddy Bear Tea – Morning Setting at Rialto Square Theatre

Nov. 25, 2022

Enjoy a breakfast boxed meal and family fun complete with a special appearance by St. Nick himself and a keepsake teddy bear. Children will also enjoy cookie decorating on the Rialto stage.

Teddy Bear Tea – Afternoon Setting at Rialto Square Theatre

Nov. 25, 2022

Enjoy a lunch boxed meal and family fun complete with a special appearance by St. Nick himself and a keepsake teddy bear. Children will also enjoy cookie decorating on the Rialto stage.

Holiday Afternoon Tea at Lucille Restaurant at Drury Lane

Nov. 26-Dec. 17, 2022 (Saturdays)

On Saturdays, enjoy holiday music being played by a pianist while you sip seasonal teas and nosh on amazing desserts. Parents, you can also treat yourself to unlimited champagne. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.

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