Ticket Alert: Holidays at Filoli Gardens in Woodside - 510 Families
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Ticket Alert: Holidays at Filoli Gardens in Woodside

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. 20 to Jan. 2 from 10 am to 8 pm.

Wander around indoors or outdoors!

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The interior buildings are as lavishly decorated as the gardens | Photo: Gino de Grandis for Filoli
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Wander among the gardens in the dark winter evenings | Photo: Jeff Bartee for Filoli

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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

Santa setup in the Woodland Garden at Filolli
See Santa Claus in the Woodland Garden for selfies | Photo: Jeff Bartee for Filoli
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Santa is ready for high fives & Christmas wishes in his golden throne. He’s fully vaxxed and will wear a mask for your family’s comfort. | Photo: Tiffany Zabala for Filoli

Filoli’s popular Santa Saturdays are returning to the Woodland Garden stage. 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) or walk up closer for high fives and secret Christmas wishes — you pick. Visits and selfies with Santa Weekends are included with paid admission to the gardens on Saturdays and Sundays between December 4 and 19, 2021.


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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. 20 to Jan. 2 from 10 am to 8 pm with tickets sold in half-day blocks.

Santa Weekends are December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 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)
Adults: $28
Children (5-17): $15
Under 5: free

Evening admission 4 pm to 10 pm (will include the twinkle lights)
Adults: $38
Children (5-17): $20
Under 5: free


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86 Cañada Road, Woodside
(650) 364-8300
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Daytime admission from 10 am-4 pm shows off peak fall colors illuminated by the winter sun and glittering holiday lights. | Photo: Filoli

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[All photos provided by Filoli and used with permission]

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