Staff Report

Old Mission Santa Inés invites everyone to take time out from the busy holiday rush to celebrate the joy of the season with “The Heart of Christmas,” an English Tea, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in the parish hall.

The Mission Tea will begin with a welcoming glass of Lucas & Lewellen sparkling wine or cider. Attendees will then be ushered into the “tearoom” to find seating at festively decorated tables.

Several traditional teas will be available in loose form so each guest can create their own cup of hot brew to accompany homemade tea sandwiches, buttery scones and sweet treats. Each guest will take home their own china tea cup as a special gift.

In addition to the English tradition of afternoon tea and treats, the “Heart of Christmas” tea will feature a bountiful Christmas boutique for those one-of-a-kind, last-minute gifts for holiday giving. While enjoying tea and treats and checking out a special silent auction table, guests will be entertained by members of the Santa Ynez Valley Chorale singing traditional Christmas songs and holiday favorites.

Tickets for the holiday “Heart of Christmas” Tea are $45 for adults, $40 for children over 5 years old, and are available at the Mission Gift Shop.

 Tickets are pre-sale only.

Proceeds from the new holiday event will benefit special projects at the historical mission.

For tickets and more information, call the mission gift shop at 805-688-4815.