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Holiday Tea

Holiday Afternoon Tea
A Tradition Steeped in History at The Drake Hotel

Sip your favorite tea while experiencing a Real Chicago tradition at The Drake Hotel. The Holiday Afternoon Tea reservations are available in both Palm Court and on selected dates in Club International.  A live harpist and holiday carolers will be stationed to perform on select dates through Christmas. 

A seating in Palm Court for holiday tea provides views of the Fountain adorned with holiday flora, located adjacent to the lobby.  Adjacent to Palm Court, Club International's décor evokes Real Chicago holiday tradition with a backdrop of rich color and copper hues, to ignite the spirit of the season overlooking the hustle & bustle of Michigan Avenue. 

Holiday Tea service in both Palm Court and in Club International will offer tiered selections including Roasted Turkey with fig whipped brie and smoked pumpernickel and bourbon smoked salmon with cream cheese and apple agro dolce.  Decadent treats of cranberry orange scones and chocolate egg nog bread pudding.  Delicious sweets include beautifully adorned entremets cakes, apple parfait and assorted macarons in holiday flavors.  Select from traditional and holiday blend French teas to steep and sip while embracing the spirit of the season. 


Dates & Hours

November 3 to January 8 Holiday Afternoon Tea is served this period from 12:00pm to 4:30pm (last seating), with the exception of November 25 to December 26 (11:00am – 5:00pm).

Carolers performing on -- new dates added

November 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27
December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11
12 Days of Christmas from December 13-25

Adults $74  (non-caroler dates*)  |  Adults $78 (caroler dates*)  |  Children (ages 3-12) $35 (all dates)
All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuities.

View Menu |  Reserve Online at   |  Phone Reservations accepted by calling + 1 312-932-4661


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Christmas in Coq d'Or

Cozy up in Coq d'Or on Christmas Day and delight in holiday cheer over a special menu prepared by Chef Mark Lagges including 24oz Whole Lobster with Drawn Butter and Charred Lemon or enjoy a Carved Beef Wellington, Prosciutto, Mushroom Duxelle and Duck Pate. 

View Special


December 25th
$44 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Reservations will not be taken.  Service will be on a first come, first served basis. Any questions or special needs, may be directed to Neringa Bruzga, Director of Restaurants  |  (312) 932-4346

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Holiday Parties

Jingle & Mingle as you celebrate the holiday season with a tailored events package offering spectacular savings and holiday incentives.

We invite you to tailor your holiday event by selecting three added incentives when booking your holiday event by December 30, 2022 to actualize by March 31, 2023.


  • Gold Coast Lakeview Suite to serve as a silent auction item
  • Up-lighting package
  • Bar package upgrade
  • Signature Cocktail for event
  • Double Hilton Honors Planner Points
  • Passed Holiday Sweet Treats
  • Embellished Hot Cocoa Station
  • Sparkling Wine Toast


  • Coat Check
  • Complimentary ice sculpture with $30K minimum spend
  • Complimentary tasting - (4) guests
  • Complimentary Board Room to host monthly team meeting for a calendar year*
  • Afternoon Tea Gift Certificate for (6) Guests with a food and beverage $7K minimum spend
  • VIP Access for (4) Guests to the Drake New Year's Eve Celebration with a food and beverage $20K minimum spend


Plus You will be added to the Nice List

All Holiday site visit consultations will be entered into a drawing for an opportunity to be awarded a $500 Amazon Gift Certificate. Inquire with a catering manager about hosting your next holiday event at The Drake Hotel.


Our culinary team has been working closely with the North Pole to curate festive holiday selections to celebrate the season.  From  Winter Fairyland reception stations to Rocking around the Christmas Carving, to interactive Gingerbread House-making, Santa will be sure to place you on the Nice List this year for planning a festive gathering.


To Reserve, Contact our Holiday Catering & Event Specialists:

Phone: +1 312 932 4337 | Email:

Impressive seasonal backdrops, exemplary service, and culinary expertise will come together to surpass your greatest expectation.


Terms & Conditions: A food and beverage minimum is required.  Not valid for pre-existing events. Cannot be combined with any other offer and is subject to event space availability. Offer must be booked by December 30, 2022 to actualize by March 31, 2023.  


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Merry Martinis

Join us in Coq d’Or for a Joyeux Noel executive martini celebration. We’ll be pouring on the holiday cheer with a new charming seasonal inspiration daily during the twelve days leading up to Christmas Day, starting December 13 through  December 25.

Click here for our Centurion Three Martini Supper Package

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Letters to Santa

Children visiting Chicago and staying at The Drake Hotel have a new way to get in touch with Santa Claus to secure their nice list status and to put in any last minute urgent requests from Santa and Elves ahead of his big trip around the globe on December 25th. Children only need to drop their letters into the Christmas- themed red mailbox located in front of the gingerbread village, located in the lobby. The hotel has a direct line to Santa Claus, and he said he’ll be sure to send a response to each child. Letters should include a return address along with the child’s name and age. Letters to Santa begin on November 19th and will run through December 19th to give Santa enough time to reply.

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Gingerbread Village

November 18th at 4pm – Alongside After School Matters teen, we’ll be unveiling our sweet gingerbread creation. It’s been an exciting process to watch the teens under the director of our Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef, over the last month to construct an 8ft replica of one the most recognizable buildings within the Chicago Skyline…but we’re keeping that hush, hush for now.

Impressive stats association with The Drake Hotel’s gingerbread installation this year:

  • Gingerbread: 600lb
  • Dedicated Hours: 2,000 hours
  • Royal Icing: 200 lbs
  • Fondant: 30 lb
  • Chocolate:  30lb

Curious to see what happens behind the scenes? Watch the video here.

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Dibs on Ice Skating

Plan ahead and secure your stay which includes a family portrait with Saint Nicholas.
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Dibs on Sleigh Parking

The practice of “Calling Dibs” is a long-revered Chicago mainstay of reserving a shoveled-out parking space after a snowfall, with obscure items from lamps to lawn chairs.