We’ve got your complete guide to holiday afternoon tea and dining with Santa in New Orleans!
Breakfast with Papa Noel, Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St. Enjoy a breakfast jubilee to get in the holiday spirit. For children, there’s cookie decorating, festive crafts and plenty of holiday cheer while Papa Noel visits with one and all. $52/person. 504.262.5048. (Dec. 20, 9:30 am)
Breakfast with Santa, Zea Rotisserie & Bar, 4450 Veterans Memorial Blvd. A 2-course meal (including pancakes to decorate with candy and sprinkles, or eggs, bacon and grits) for kids, a 3-course menu for adults, with Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s available for purchase. Papa Noel will also be available for photo opps. $30/adult, $15/child, 504.780.9090. (Dec. 10, 9:30-11:30 am)
Breakfast with Santa, Semolina, Clearview Mall, Metairie. Kids can write letters to Santa while waiting to visit with him. Kids’ menu includes pancakes they can decorate, as well as eggs, bacon and grits; a three-course menu is offered for adults, with Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s available for purchase. 504.454.7930. (Dec. 10, 9:30-11:30 am)
Breakfast with Santa, Mizado Latin Kitchen, 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd. Enjoy delicious food and drink, have the kids write letters to Santa, take picture with Papa Noel, and get in the holiday spirit. $20/adult (excluding any Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s), $10/child. 504.885.5555. (Dec. 10, 9:30-11:30 am)
Brunch with Santa, Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St. Specialty stations & traditional brunch fare. With Santa and his elves, holiday arts and crafts, special characters, and the photo opps; plus free-flowing mimosa and poinsettia cocktails for the adults. $65/adult, $30/child (includes taxes & gratuity), under age 4 free. 504.571.4672. (Dec. 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18; 10 am & 1:30 pm)
Family Tea with Santa, Longue Vue House & Gardens. Toast the holidays with a complimentary glass of bubbly cheer, served with hot chocolate, cookies, sandwiches, and tea, plus a visit—photo is extra—with Santa. Reservations required, 504.293.4722. $40-$45/adult, $25-$30/child. (Dec. 10, 1-3 pm)
Jazz Brunch with Santa, The Court of Two Sisters, 613 Royal St. A brunch buffet, visit with Santa and a gift for each child. Adults $45; Children (5-12 yrs.) $30, (0-4 yrs.) $12.50. (Dec. 3, 10, 17, and 22; 10 am and 12:30 pm)
Mrs. Claus’s Holiday Tea Party, La Petite Tea Room, 5928 W. Metairie. A tea party for children, plus storytime and a craft. $15. Reservations required. 504.733.1001. (Dec. 16 & 23, 4:30 pm)
The Papa Noel Christmas Tea Party, Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St. Held in the Davenport Lounge, this ever-popular holiday event includes cookie decorating, a creative gingerbread masterpiece, and storytelling by Papa Noel. $55/person. 504.262.5048. (Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-24; 11 am and 2:30 pm)
Papa Noel Cruise, Riverwalk/Canal Street dock. Join Papa Noël, Mrs. Noël, a live alligator, and more for a Cajun holiday tea and treats, storytelling, face painting, magic tricks, children’s activities and merriment while cruising the Mississippi. $59/adults, $39/children, $10/ages 2 & under. (Dec. 17 & 18, 10 am & 2 pm)
Royal Teddy Bear Tea, The Royal Sonesta’s Grand Ballroom, 300 Bourbon St. It’s a magical Royal kingdom featuring story time with Mrs. Claus, a sing-a-long with Rudolph, the Sugarplum Fairy, Marching Toy Soldiers and members of the New Orleans Saintsations. VIP Admission: Adults $69, Children (2-11 yrs.) $49; General Admission: Adults $59, Children (2-11 yrs.) $39. (Dec. 11, 17 and 18, 11 am & 2:30 pm; Dec. 10, 21-23, 11 am only)
Santa’s Workshop and Holiday Tea Party, La Petite Tea Room, 5928 W. Metairie. Gingerbread cookie-decorating and a tea party for children, with storytime and an age-appropriate craft. $15. Reservations required. 504.733.1001. (Dec. 12, 14, 19, 21, 4-6 pm)
Tea Party for the Dolls, Beauregard-Keyes House, 1113 Chartres St. Kids can bring their favorite doll to enjoy a Victorian Christmas. Activities include a sing-along, storytime, displays of the house’s antique doll collection, and a visit from Santa. $10/person. 504.523.7257, bkhouse.org. (Dec. 3, 1:30-3 pm)
Teddy Bear Tea, The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St. Delicious holiday food, specialty teas, and tasty pastries, as well as sparkling wine and mimosas for the grown-ups. Children get a Roosevelt Teddy Bear after their visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. General seating $68/ages 11 & up, $48/ages 3-10, 2 & under free. 504.335.3129. (Nov. 27; weekends through Dec. 18, and then daily until Dec. 24; call or visit web for seating times.)
The Studio School of Dance Nutcracker Tea Party, The Forum, 3131 Veterans Blvd. Enjoy an enchanting afternoon that includes an elegant tea and buffet luncheon, hands-on activities for youth, a mini performance of The Nutcracker Suite and the rare opportunity to pose for photographs with members of The Nutcracker cast. This family-friendly event is a delight for ballet lovers of all ages.