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Holiday Tea in New Orleans

Celebrate the holidays in New Orleans with luxurious and kid friendly tea times at these local hotels.

The Royal Sonesta Hotel lobby during the holidays (Photo: Paul Broussard)

While New Orleans is certainly best known for its more boisterous festivities, it also has mastered the art of hosting refined afternoon teas, especially during the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a tea catered to children or you’re more interested in a holiday cocktail tasting, New Orleans is the perfect place to find a tea suited to you. Here is your guide to upcoming holiday teas in New Orleans.

The Roosevelt Hotel (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Teddy Bear Tea at The Roosevelt Hotel

Dates: December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Cost: General Reserved Seating is $75 for adults and $55 for children ages 3-10; Limited VIP Reserved Seating is $102 for adults and $82 for children ages 3-10; children 2 and under no charge
About: Celebrate the Roosevelt Hotel’s 126th anniversary with Teddy Bear Tea. At the tea, Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome the whole family while fancy tea and tea sandwiches, scones, desserts, and sparkling wine and mimosas are served. Kids get hot cocoa, peanut butter & jelly and ham & cheese sandwiches, holiday cookies, and other goodies. Kids 12 and under also get a Roosevelt Teddy Bear, and several holiday characters will appear. Pictures with Santa will be available for purchase.
Reservations: Reservations are available online here

Holiday Tea at the Windsor Court Hotel

Dates: November 29 – December 30
Cost: $69.03
About: Highlights of this decadent tea include featured holiday teas and cocktails, special cranberry-orange and gingerbread scones, holiday sweets, over 20 of the finest loose-leaf teas, and souvenir holiday menus.
Reservations: Reservations are available online here

The Royal Sonesta Hotel lobby during the holidays (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The Royal Teddy Bear Tea at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

Dates: December 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Cost: General admission is $59 for adults and $34 for children; VIP admission is $75 for adults and $49 for children (includes photo with Santa and commemorative teacup and champagne for adults)
About: Highlights include a visit from many favorite holiday characters. Guests get a select assortment of freshly prepared tea sandwiches, homemade currant buttermilk scones, and breakfast breads served with lemon cream and preserves. Christmas cookies, chocolate truffles and chocolate-dipped strawberries are just some of the treats to look forward to. Each child is invited to share the magic of the season by donating a small, unwrapped gift for the Children’s Hospital Toy Drop.
Reservations: Reservations are available online here

Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel aboard the Creole Queen

Cajun Tea aboard the Creole Queen (Photo courtesy of the Creole Queen)

Dates: December 14 and 15
Cost: $62 for adults, $42 for children ages 3-12, $10 for children ages 0-2
About: Guests aboard the paddlewheeler will join Papa Noel, the Cajun Gingerbread Boy, Gaston the Gator and other jolly Cajun characters. This classic tea with tempting treats also hosts storytelling, children’s activities and merriment while cruising the mighty Mississippi. Children can hold a real live alligator and take home a special present.
Reservations: Reservations are available online here

Tea Party for Dolls

Dates: December 14
Cost: $10 per person
About: Open to all ages, enjoy this special tea for dolls at the Beauregard-Keyes House in the French Quarter. Holiday treats, caroling, and visits with Santa are all a part of this experience. Bring a favorite doll along to join in the fun.
Reservations: Purchase tickets here

Teddy Bear Tea at the National WWII Museum

Dates: December 7, 14, 24
Cost: $65.99 for adults and children ages 2 and up
About: It’s the museum’s fourth annual Teddy Bear Tea, complete with delicious food, sweet treats, and live music from the Victory Belles. Meet Santa Claus and receive a teddy bear as a gift for your visit.
Reservations: Reservations are available online here

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