Limited Spots Still Available for the Kris Kringle Holiday Tea at Colonel Palmer House

Tue November 16, 2021

The very popular holiday tea at Colonel Palmer House is back for 2021! Be sure to reserve your spot today-this event sells out! Many of the early settlers in the Crystal Lake area were of German ancestry including Henrietta and Gustavus Palmer. This year's theme is Kris Kringle-A German Holiday Tea. The house will be decked out for the holidays and costumed staff will be serving tea. Start a new holiday tradition and experience our tea with the entire family.

Suitable for all ages.


Sat, 12/11, Noon-1:30 pm (7 spots avail) or 3-4:30 pm (12 spots avail)

Sun, 12/12, Noon-1:30 pm (sold out), 3-4:30 pm (12 spots avail)

$29 resident/$38 non-resident

Location: 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake

Register online

More info and link to online registration on page 10 of the digital guide at Advance registration is required. Register online at or in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Admin. Office, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake. Contact 815-477-5873 after you have registered for special seating or dietary requests.

The Colonel Palmer House was built c.1858 by settlers Gustavus and Henrietta Palmer. Located on its original site, the home was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Currently the home is maintained by the Crystal Lake Park District and is home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society.