Christmas in California


Holidays at Filoli, Woodside, CA

November 21, 2020-January 3, 2021

Closed on Nov.26, Dec.24&25, Dec.31, 2020 - Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day and New Year's Eve

Filoli Historic House & Garden Brings Fun For All Ages This Holiday Season with an extended celebration, Holidays at Filoli running before Thanksgiving to after the New Year. Holidays and Santa return in 2020 with expanded Light Displays, and New Shopping and Sensory Experiences.

Open daily, must reserve time slot:

$28 daytime (kids cost less), 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$38 night (kids cost less), 4-8 p.m.

Santa Saturdays December 5, 12 & 19, 2020 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Santa will be outdoors on the Woodland Garden Court and available for socially distanced selfies with children and families.

86 Cañada Road
Woodside, California 94062
(30 mi. south of San Francisco)

Historic Estate introduces fun events for the whole family for a truly winter wonderland experience. Santa Saturdays, Extended Light Displays, and Special Performances offer something for everyone.

 Theme Nights on Mondays November 23 to December 28, 2020, 4-8 p.m.
Visitors whose attire matches the theme will take home a special gift.
November 23, 2020 Night Lights
November 30, 2020 Festive Face Masks
December 7, 2020 Holiday Hats
December 14, 2020 Holiday Pajama Party
December 21, 2020 Winter Solstice
December 28, 2020 Vintage Christmas Filoli will also reward visitors on National Ugly Sweater Day, Friday, December 18.

Unique Shopping in the Clock Tower Shop which is stocked with beautiful gifts and delicious treats. Products include

  • Ornaments, Foodstuffs, Flora and Fauna Decor
  • Christmas Snow scent & Michel Design Works Amber
  • Cookie ornaments, tea towels, baking dishes, cookbooks
  • Nostalgic blown glass ornaments and classic gifts
  • Wind-up toys, stuffed animals, and rocking horses
  • Mucros scarves, capes, and hats
  • Ready-to-plant tulip and daffodil bulbs from Holland
  • Festive Food, Treats, and Libations In the Quail’s Nest Café
  • Peppermint hot chocolate and seasonal coffee drinks, holiday cookies and confections, and hearty soups, pastries, salads, and sandwiches, plus beer and wine daily and more from Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop
  • New, outdoor holiday bar with fire pits on the Woodland Garden Court, where visitors can enjoy wine, beer, and mixed cocktails, mulled wine, spiced cider, and hot chocolate
  • Specialty coffee bar in the Garden .

Face coverings must be worn in accordance with local requirements at all times.

Past info 2019:

WOODSIDE, Calif. -- Holidays are in full swing at Filoli with exciting events that offer fun for the whole family. The Historic Estate has been proudly celebrating holiday traditions for over a century, and Luminous: A Celebration of Color and Light is the theme for this season of cheer.

Filoli welcomes the community to experience a new vision for the Bay Area's finest Country Estate. The House celebrates color and light with a fresh new take on Holiday decor in every room. The Gardens feature special Holiday touches during the day and are elegantly lit in the evening.  Expanded Garden Lights  include more of the Garden and Pool.  Filoli offers something for all, ensuring everyone in the family can enjoy the winter cheer their own way:

  • Garden Lights on Friday and Saturday Nights. All of the Gardens are open during the day with fresh wreaths and decorated trees. In the evening, Filoli offers a light experience like no other: breathtaking lights from the sunken garden to the pool and beyond.
  • Special Performances and Carolers. Filoli offers a selection of holiday-themed entertainment in the House, with special performances in the Ballroom and the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers roaming the House and Gardens on Friday and Saturday nights for a truly Winter Wonderland experience.
  • Santa Saturdays. We continue the popular Santa Saturdays featuring readings from Mrs. Claus, a family sing- a-long in the Ballroom, miniature ponies, holiday crafts and of course, a visit from Santa. Santa Saturdays are December 8, 15 and 22 and are free with admission.
  • Holiday Teas November 20, 27, 2018 and December 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 2018
    Holiday Teas take place every Tuesday at 1pm and Sundays December 9, 16 and 23. Holiday Teas are one of the most authentic ways to experience Filoli. Bring your family and friends and enjoy scrumptious finger sandwiches, freshly made scones, and holiday treats served on a traditional tiered tray, alongside Filoli Fruit Butter and traditional clotted cream. Following the Tea, visit the Drawing Room in the historic House to see how traditional afternoon tea was enjoyed here during the family eras.
  • Holiday Celebrations. Host a holiday event or rent one of Filoli's many event spaces with the special events packages available during this season. Plan a grandiose dinner in the early 20th century Ballroom, an interactive lunch in the Lecture Hall, an intimate affair in the Garden House or an extravagant bash with dinner and dancing in the tented Woodland Garden Court. Filoli accommodates parties of nearly any size, seven days a week.
  • SOLD OUT: Winter Solstice Celebration. Filoli will hold a mid-winter celebration on December 21. The adult-focused celebration will feature activities in the garden to honor the allure of the night, including a ceremonial lighting ritual and meditation. Guests will be invited to begin the evening with a glass of sparkling wine and light hors- d'oeuvres.

Enjoy the House as the Bourn and the Roth families did during the Holidays amidst the lavish decor, festive food and seasonal entertainment. All of the holiday displays at Filoli, including the garden lights, are included in the cost of a general admission ticket. Special event pricing applies and includes a more than 50% discount for members. A special one hour Holiday House Tour is available for $10. Group packages are also available.

Proceeds from Holidays at Filoli support Filoli's mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Garden, and vast nature preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. See:,  contact Marijose Alvarado, Marketing Manager: malvarado(at)

For information on venue rentals, please contact Julie Lovell, Events Manager: jlovell(at)

Woodside, Calif.--Filoli Gardens is a 654-acre estate nestled in the foothills of the Coastal Range on the San Francisco Peninsula. Each year the historic House and Visitor and Education Center are transformed into a magical showcase of holiday décor and merchandise, gifts and exceptional personal and household items.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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