Holiday Outing: Christmas at the Tilden Carousel - 510 Families
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Holiday Outing: Christmas at the Tilden Carousel

The Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round 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 and visiting hours with Scooby Doo. How cute is that? The Christmas Carousel is a perfect outing for the grandparents even if they don’t like to ride along. Just keep waving!

Tilden Christmas Carousel
The Christmas set-up around the carousel. Trinkets in all directions, most of them for sale.

Rides for the merry go round are $3.50/person or $20 for a 7-pack for everyone over age two, and visits with Santa, Olaf, and Scooby are FREE. Bring cash and your camera.

Tilden Carousel Holiday Hours

The merry-go-round is open November 29 through December 23. Monday – Friday: 4pm – 8:30pm; Saturday – Sunday: noon – 8:30pm. Evening hours mean lots of light up inflatables in the lawn area, too. View website >

When to see Santa at Tilden Park’s Christmas Carousel

Santa Claus arrives on November 30 for photos at the Tilden Park Merry Go Round. He will be there every day except Tuesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm. Again, that’s Santa at the Carousel, bring your own camera, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Wednesday. When my children were really small, I used to plan our visits to leave right before he arrived to avoid a line. Silly me.

Olaf at the Merry-Go-Round

Frozen’s funniest snowman, Olaf, will be at the carousel Tuesday & Thursday from 6pm to 8pm. Find other Frozen-themed fun around town >


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Scooby Doo at the Merry-Go-Round

Jeepers! Scooby Doo turns 50 this year and he has time to visit the carousel ​Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Zoiks. Scooby and the gang will also be ringing in the New Year at a specially priced New Year’s Eve Party.

Tilden Merry Go Round Christmas
Mail a letter to Santa Claus from the Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round

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!

For more info, visit their site>

Tilden Christmas Merry go round


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[Photo Credits: Anna Azimi]

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