San Francisco Museum and Historical Society began throwing its annual Holiday Tea inside the Old Mint Building in 2009 as a fundraiser. The organization does a lovely job decking out a high-ceiling room formerly used for gold counting with winter wonderland flair to set a classic backdrop for the traditional English ritual (tea, finger sandwiches, and other tiny notions). This year's event takes place on December 7.
The tea service is very well done and even includes sparkling wine, but the real draw of checking this out is to see more than just the fancy dress of the patrons. You'll also see more scenes from inside the building nicknamed "the Granite Lady," built in 1874. Tours around some of the building's lower level vaults (held at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.) provide a fascinating trip back in time as well as a peek at the SFMHS' future plans with the property.
Doors open at 11 a.m. and there are two seating at noon and 3:30 p.m.; tickets are $75 ($35 for children 14 and under). Make reservations by the December 3 deadline by calling Keegan Bryant at 537-1105 x 100.