It’s always a delight to stay or dine at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Boston. But it’s even more of a pleasure in December. That’s because every afternoon during the month (through December 23, from 3:15 to 5 p.m.), Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Bristol Restaurant & Bar lights up with excited, dressed-to-the-nines children and their families attending the hotel’s annual Teddy Bear Tea.
Now in its 19th season, the charming event, which is sold out unless you reserve the overnight package mentioned below, includes a visit from Truffles the Bear, the hotel’s giant cuddly mascot, afternoon tea and a reading of a popular holiday children’s book by a Boston celebrity. Over the years, famous readers have included Red Sox star David Ortiz, model Gisele Bündchen and 2015 Miss Massachusetts Polikseni Manxhari.
And while the celebrity sightings are great, there are a number of other reasons why we’re just as excited as the little ones for this annual Boston tradition.
The menu for the children’s tea includes turkey salad sandwiches and a “Teddy Bear” sandwich made from bread, “fluff” and jelly. Other snacks include brownies, cookies and popcorn.
The adult menu includes lobster rolls, goat cheese tarts, smoked salmon, eggnog macaroons, bread pudding and scones.
In addition, special holiday beverages and teas are served, as well as plenty of hot chocolate. The tea is served in the gorgeous Bristol Restaurant, which overlooks the Public Garden.
Guests are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to donate, which Four Seasons Boston, in turn, donates to local hospital, shelter or other children’s organizations. Each year, the Four Seasons collects more than 5,000 bears, with an astounding 100,000-plus total stuffed animals distributed to date.
For an extra-special overnight experience, make lifelong memories with the Teddy Bear Tea Package, which includes accommodations, tickets for two adults and one child to the Teddy Bear Tea, a special welcome amenity and valet parking.
A bonus: The luxury hotel’s location is perfectly situated to ensure your plans include a nighttime twirl on the ice at Frog Pond in the Boston Common, when all the holiday lights make the park twinkle.