The Tilden Park Carousel transforms every year to a winter wonderland. Full of Christmas cheer – find decorated trees, tiny nutcrackers on display, holiday tunes, and of course a Santa to whisper your wishes to. New this year, sit with Olaf the Snowman from Frozen. How cute is that? The Christmas Carousel is a perfect outing for the grandparents even if they don't like to ride along.
Rides for the merry go round are $3/person or $15 for a 7-pack, and visits with Santa/Olaf are FREE. Bring cash and your camera.
Tilden Carousel Holiday Hours
The merry-go-round is open November 24 through December 22nd. Monday – Friday: 4pm – 8:30pm; Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 8:30pm. Evening hours mean lots of light up inflatables in the lawn area, too.
When to see Santa at Tilden Park's Christmas Carousel
Santa arrives on November 30 for photos at the Tilden Park Merry Go Round. He will be there Fridays through Sundays from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Don't forget to stop in the snack bar for a seasonal treat. We opted for gingerbread cookies, but there's also hot cocoa, churros, ice cream, cotton candy, hot dogs, pretzels – need I say more?
The Tilden Carousel is located at the intersection of Central Park Drive and Lake Anza road. Prepare for crowds, and lines, this place gets busy!
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[Photo Credits: Anna Azimi]