Hotel at Auburn hosts Teddy Bear Tea


In 2009, Hans van der Reijden, managing director of hotel operations and educational initiatives at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, implemented the Teddy Bear Tea after the opening of the hotel's Piccolo Lounge earlier that same year.
Now in its fifth year, the Teddy Bear Tea has hosted various families from the Auburn area to help usher in the holiday season, according to Allison Duke, marketing and social media manager at the Hotel at Auburn University.
While many holiday events feature classic holiday characters such as Santa Claus and his elves, the inspiration to use teddy bears came from the hotel's desire to connect with a younger audience.
According to Duke, every kid has a favorite teddy bear, and they are encouraged to bring their own. Stuffed bears are also given as gifts for the children to leave with.
Santa's elf still makes an appearance as part of the Hotel's partnership with the Auburn University theater department.
Each year, students are chosen and gather the children around the fire to read Christmas stories, while a live teddy bear helps bring the stories to life while everyone enjoys hot tea and cocoa.
The children's ages range from infants to 8 years old. Both parents and children are provided with light refreshments. Reservations are required, and there is a $25 charge to attend.
According to Duke, it's a great time for holiday photos and perfect for a quiet family outing.
The event will be held December 19-21 and will take place from 3-5 p.m.
Anyone seeking more information should contact the Hotel at Auburn at 334-844-5140, or visit

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