This popular event offers a special traditional tea, costumed elves and Teddy himself. Storytelling is done by  Dickens dressed former Mayor Jerry Hayes, Christmas carols are sung and a special visitor from the North Pole round out the festive activities.

Proceeds from the six seatings benefit Benicia Main Street

which the Hayes have been involved with since its inception in 1987.

“It’s a family affair,” says Maryellen, recalling her own grandkids’ participation over the years as attendees and then later promoted to elves and special helpers. Children  are encouraged to dress up and bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal.

This year’s Teddy Bear Teas takes place December 7 & 8 at the Camellia Tea Room and reservations are required. Maryellen notes that because of the event’s popularity the 2 days of three seatings always sell out in advance.

Through the year, Camellia Tea Room also sponsors the Bewitching Teas, and the Spring Teas in coordination with Soroptomists of Benicia benefitting local

agencies serving victims of domestic violence. The Camellia Tea Room

is open throughout the holidays for traditional afternoon teas, homemade desserts and amazing lunches.

For more information visit or call 707.746.5293