Holiday High Tea is a favorite activity across generations. The elegant repast of finger sandwiches and sweets is a fourth meal for the day–an extra feast in between lunch and dinner. What’s not to love about that? Add in the elegance of a holiday setting and let the festivities begin. Just be sure to reserve well in advance as many of the teas sell out.
The National World War II Museum hosts its third annual Teddy Bear Tea at the BB Stage Door Canteen. It is an ideal multi-generational meet up, with music from the Victory Belles, treats and a photo station with Santa. The little ones leave with a teddy bear to cuddle.
Cruise along the Mississippi River with Papa Noel, Mrs. Noel, Gatson the Gator and friends. Tea will be accompanied by storytelling, face paintings, magic tricks and more. To really make you feel like it's Christmas on the Bayou, you can hold a live alligator!
Dine in elegance at Longue Vue House and Gardens with an assortment of tea, sandwiches and festive treats. The afternoon tea also has holiday crafts and an opportunity for a photo op with Santa.
On Bourbon Street, the Royal Sonesta Hotel hosts Teddy Bear Teas in its grand ballroom, with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and other favorite holiday characters along for the fun. Sing classic Christmas tunes with Rudolph, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Toy Soldiers.
The Windsor Court salutes the tradition of high tea year-round at Le Salon, but come Christmas time, with the hotel fully bedazzled, the experience is especially merry. Caviar and smoked salmon, Christmas cookies, gingerbread men, bubbles and sherry are all on the menu.
The Tea Party for Dolls at the historic Beauregard-Keyes House in the French Quarter is one of a kind. Enjoy caroling, a Christmas story and visits from Santa. Open to all ages, this special tea includes some of Mrs. Keyes' favorite dolls or guests can bring one of their own.