Seaside Museum’s elves have been hard at work preparing Butterfield Cottage for the winter holidays and the enjoyment of their guests at Gingerbread Tea. Trees, wreaths, and pine garlands decorate every room of Seaside’s very own authentic Victorian cottage.

Lovers, families and friends having been enjoying Gingerbread Tea at the Butterfield Cottage every holiday season for more than 30 years. Sharing a cozy relaxing afternoon while enjoying holiday music and snack has become the holiday tradition for many residents as well as visitors returning from far and wide.

Homemade gingerbread cake, baked by Seaside Museum’s “grandmothers” is served with fresh whipped cream along with a choice of hot tea, cocoa, or hot spiced cider. Children can have a homemade old-fashioned gingerbread men cookie. Candy canes are available for all.

Shirley Yates will be singing and playing keyboard on Saturday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 7. The North Coast Ukelele Strummers will play and sing on Saturday, Dec. 14, while the Seaside Strummers will entertain on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Admission is $5 per person. Tickets for the annual holiday raffle are also available at each tea

or at the Museum for $1 each or six for $5. A colorful underwater-theme quilted collage wall

hanging, local gift certificates and a large decorated poinsettia from Mimi’s Florist are among

the prizes. Winning tickets will be pulled at 4 p.m. on December 21.

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