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Celebrate the Holidays with Tea with the Angels at the Dallas Arboretum!

If you're looking for a unique way to celebrate Christmas this year, you should consider having Tea with the Angels at the Degolyer Estate inside the Dallas Arboretum.

I had the chance to visit this week - and the DeGolyer Estate is decorated gorgeously with over 500 different angels on loan from the Dallas Pi Beta Phi Alumnae group. In addition to enjoying the holiday decor throughout the historic home, it was fun to try to spot all of the angels in their various places throughout.

You can tour the home now through the end of December from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Right now you can get a two discounted tickets for just $14 that will give you entrance to the Arboretum and specifically into the DeGolyer Estate.

Through the 22nd of December, you will be able to meet Santa and at least one of the reindeer on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. During this same time frame Frosty and Rudolph will also be around to greet the children and take pictures.

However, the one thing I wish I could participate in the most is the seated teas at the restaurant attached to the DeGolyer Estate. After touring the beautifully decorated home, you can make a reservation to have a formal tea at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. each day. The cost includes entrance to the Arboretum so you can enjoy all that the garden has to offer before or after the tea. You can even make reservations by email at

Holiday Tea Menu

First Course

Tomato Basil Broth with Cheese Wafer

Second Course

Tea Sandwiches

Herbed Cream Cheese on Belgian Endive
Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
Terragon Flavored Egg Salad
Creamed Cucumber
Open Faced Chicken Salad

Third Course


Pecan Tarts
Almond Short Bread
Chocolate Espresso
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Orange Currant Scones with Strawberry Jam & Clotted Cream

Tea Options

Apple Spice
Peach Cinnamon Hibiscus


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