8 Special Holiday Tea and Treat Events for Boston Kids

Santa visits for an old-fashioned tea that includes crafts and games in Waltham, Photo courtesy of Gore Place
Santa visits for an old-fashioned tea that includes crafts and games in Waltham, Photo courtesy of Gore Place
11/17/19 - By Kelley Heyworth

Many kids get excited to dress up and head out to a special place during the holidays—especially when delicious treats are involved. These restaurants and hotels are rolling out the red carpet (and some pretty fantastic pastries) for kids and their parents this month with festive holiday and Christmas teas. From the Four Season's celebrity-studded Teddy Bear Tea downtown to a Victorian-inspired Santa Tea in Waltham, these events are sure to get kids in the seasonal spirit (and provide some photo ops, too!)

See our post about Santa breakfasts around Boston for more special holiday meals ideas, and our roundup of kid-friendly restaurants near Boston for a relaxed meal during Christmastime or anytime.


1. Mandarin Oriental Santa's Workshop Afternoon Tea—Boston
November 30 to December 10, 2019
While kids enjoy crafts and a festive singalong you can sip champagne and snack on tasty treats by the cozy fire in the swanky Lobby Lounge. Santa will even make an appearance on Saturdays, so be camera ready! Bring a toy to donate and your little elves can also enjoy a chocolate fountain bar.

Guests are encouraged to bring new teddies to donate to charity as part of Teddy Bear Tea. Photo courtesy of The Four Seasons

2. Four Seasons Teddy Bear Tea—Boston
December 1 to December 23, 2019
The annual Teddy Bear Tea returns to Four Seasons Hotel Boston. This event includes a festive afternoon tea at the iconic Bristol Restaurant and Bar, accompanied by a reading of a holiday story, often by a Boston celebrity. Truffles the Bear makes daily appearances, and kids are encouraged to bring a stuffed bear to donate to charity. 

3. Frost Tea at Rowe's Wharf Sea Grille—Boston
Children are invited to decorate their own gingerbread cookies and sip cocoa while mom and dad can sample from exotic teas, including a special handcrafted seasonal blend just for the holidays, or indulge in a glass of champagne.

4. Children's Candy Cane Tea at Boston Public Library—Boston
December 2, 2019
The only way you can score tickets to this event is by entering the online raffle. While this tea party is totally free, tickets are limited to 200 people. Children will enjoy tea and tasty holiday treats as well as fun activities, crafts, and of course story time—it's at the library after all! 

Meet Nutcracker stars at the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea. Photo courtesy of The Ritz Carlton

5. Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy Tea at Ritz-Carlton—Boston
December 7, 14, and 21, 2019
This elegant tea features cocoa and treats for kids and specialty cocktails for grown-ups. Kids can hobnob with characters from The Nutcracker, sing along to Christmas music, and do crafts. Guests are encouraged to bring small, unwrapped gifts for a collection run by the charity Catching Joy. Editor's note: As of November 17, capacity was full for the 2019 season; call 617-574-7176 for more information.

Mrs. Claus is the deserving star of this beloved character tea in Wenham. Photo courtesy of The Wenham Tea House

6. Tea with Mrs. Claus—Wenham
December 10, 11, 17. 18, 2019
This charming tea house hosts regular character teas, but the one with Mrs. Claus is particularly special. Children are offered tea or hot chocolate along with a special character cookie and other treats while they listen to a holiday story. 

7. Santa Tea at Gore Place—Waltham
December 14 and 15, 2019
Enjoy scones, sandwiches, and sweets in a festively decorated 1793 carriage house. Children do a holiday craft, listen to stories and sing songs, and leave with a small gift from Santa.

8. Tea with Mrs. Claus at Smolak Farms—North Andover 
December 7 and 14, 2019
Join Mrs. Claus for tea and snacks in the historic barn. Children will do a holiday craft and then gather around for story time read by Mrs. Claus herself. Don't be surprised if Mr. Claus pops in for a quick visit too!