About 45 minutes from Berkeley is a lush garden waiting to wander in Woodside. Wintertime at Filoli is a popular time of the year for families with kids of all ages, the Gardens come to life with lights and the historic house is decorated from toe-to-tip each year. Open daily Nov. 21 to Jan. 3 from 10 am to 8 pm, and all the wandering about is outdoors.
Push your stroller through the beautiful winter garden or bring your little ones to see the thousands of sparkly lights and colorful decorations. Cozy up to a fire pit — if you can get your people to sit down — under twinkling lights and sip on hot cider or mulled wine.
Santa Claus at Filoli
Filoli’s popular Santa Saturdays are returning with a pandemic-appropriate twist. Santa will be located outdoors on a raised stage in the Woodland Garden Court surrounded by his North Pole decor. You and yours are invited to take a socially distanced selfie with Santa himself (from your own step-up). Visits and selfies with Santa are included with paid admission to the gardens.
The Quails Nest Café is your nearest hot cocoa including a seasonal peppermint hot chocolate. Look for holiday cookies and mulled wine, too. The Clock Tower gift shop is loaded up with old fashioned gifts like wind-up toys and rocking horses.
Plan your visit to Filoli
Open daily Nov. 21 to Jan. 3 from 10 am to 8 pm.
Santa Saturdays are December 5, 12, 19 from 10 am to 4 pm. All tickets must be purchased in advance and are expected to sell out, especially on Santa Saturdays. When you’re selecting a ticketed time, have a look for special theme nights.
Daytime admission 10 am to 4 pm (may include Santa)
Children (5-17): $15
Under 5: free
Evening admission 4 pm to 10 pm (will include the twinkle lights)
Children (5-17): $20
Under 5: free
86 Cañada Road, Woodside
[All photos provided by Filoli and used with permission]