Filoli Historic House and Garden Presents Holidays at Filoli 2019: Special Events, Treasured Traditions and Unique Shopping Experiences
Pastoral Estate with Festive Lights and Décor Provides Respite for San Francisco Bay Area Residents and Visitors During Hectic Holiday Season
WOODSIDE, Calif., September 30, 2019 — Filoli Historic House and Garden, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the last country estates reminiscent of the Gilded Age, today presents its comprehensive schedule of special programs and events for the Holidays at Filoli 2019 season. From November 23 to December 30, visitors can enjoy family-friendly events with Santa sightings, live music and performances, unique shopping and dining opportunities, a festively decorated house with new themes in every room and dazzling displays of lights throughout the garden. Known for its pastoral setting and unparalleled charm, Filoli provides a welcoming place to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season and build cherished memories with family and friends.
“Filoli is truly a magical place, especially during the holidays, and we are excited this year to offer even more opportunities to visit,” said Kara Newport, Chief Executive Officer at Filoli. “We are extending the season and staying open on more nights so visitors can enjoy the expanded lighting display. We will also be open on Mondays this year—perfect for out-of-town guests looking for things to do in the Bay Area on a
Monday! For many of our members and visitors, Holidays at Filoli has become an annual family tradition, offering something new and special for everyone, every year.”
New displays in the house this year will include:
• In the dining room, a sparkling dinner setting of Baccarat crystal, provided by Kerns Jewelers
• In the butler’s pantry, a gingerbread house made to look like the Filoli garden house
• In the kitchen, a newly discovered cookbook from Alma Johnson, a Swedish cook for original Filoli owners William and Agnes Bourn.
The cookbook is a true cook’s cookbook—with loose pages, slight stains and no real instructions beyond the lists of ingredients and occasional notes. Visitors will be able to page through a working copy of the historic cookbook and read dozens of recipes, including one for Christmas Plum Pudding from 1928.
Holidays at Filoli 2019 Schedule
Filoli will be open for the holiday season from November 23 (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) through December 30, daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Evening admission will also be available Thursday through Sunday nights from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Filoli will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Filoli’s Quail’s Nest Café will remain open during all hours, as will its Clock Tower Shop, which will offer—among other seasonal and Filoli-inspired items—an expanded line of wool products from the Muckross House in Ireland, as well as a new collection of Filoli branded items to celebrate the successful, first-ever production of hard cider made from estate-grown apples.
Holidays at Filoli General Admission Pricing Information Daytime (10:00am – 4:00pm)
• Adult: $25 Non-member; $12 Member
• Children (5-17): $12 Non-member; $6 Member
• Children under 5: Free
Evening (4:00pm – 8:00pm)
• Adult: $35 Non-member; $20 Member
• Children (5-17): $18 Non-member; $10 Member
• Children under 5: Free
Holidays at Filoli Special Events
Unless otherwise noted, admission to the events below are included with Holidays at Filoli general admission.
Opening Night Soirée
Friday, November 22
This sold-out event kicks off the holiday season with a three-course dinner in the home’s 2,240-square-foot ballroom. The evening will feature beautiful décor, entertainment and hand-selected wines. Guests will be among the first take a stroll through the festively lit garden and enjoy a glass of mulled wine at the cozy terrace bar. Opening Night Soirée is sponsored by Hood & Strong LLP; wine is provided by Gratus Vineyards. The price, which includes evening general admission to Filoli, is $350 for an individual ticket; however, please note that this event is sold out.
Holiday Artisan Market
November 23, 24, 29, 30 and December 1 (11:00am – 7:00pm) Looking for the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list? Located in the Visitor Center, the Artisan Market will offer handmade goods and locally sourced products from a variety of local vendors. Filoli members and volunteers receive a special gift with purchase.
Tuesday, November 26 (1:30pm)
Tuesdays, December 3, 10, 17 (11:00am and 1:30pm)
Sundays, December 8, 15 (11:00am and 1:30pm)
Tea service is offered seasonally at Filoli, and this holiday season features a traditional tiered tray at each table with delicious finger sandwiches, freshly made scones and scrumptious holiday treats served alongside Filoli Clock Tower Shop jam and clotted cream. Price includes daytime general admission to Filoli:
• General Seating: $75 Non-member; $65 Member
• Private Table for Two: $175
• Private Table for Four: $350
Thursdays, December 5, 12, 19 (4:00pm – 8:00pm)
On three special Thursday evenings, Filoli is partnering with See’s Candies to let visitors enjoy the spectacular holiday lights at night while indulging in special tastings of wine and chocolate pairings. New to Holidays at Filoli this year, Decadence Nights will also offer live music, DIY crafting and holiday drink specials.
Saturdays, December 7, 14, 21 (10:30am – 3:30pm)
Back by popular demand, Santa Saturdays are filled with fun for the whole family. Activities include visiting the festively attired ponies in front of the house and DIY crafting in the visitor center, as well as dancing and singing along to holiday tunes in the ballroom. Children can read stories with Mrs. Claus every half-hour in the reception room and spend time with Santa himself in the garden house.
Wednesday, December 18 (5:00pm – 8:00pm)
This adult-focused celebration honors the allure of this magical night on the shortest day of the year. Guests can take part in fire ceremonies and marvel at the stilt-walker
tree while enjoying sparkling wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Wine, beer and coffee will be available for purchase. Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble will also return this year to delight guests with a hauntingly beautiful repertoire of traditional songs from the Balkans, Caucasus and Slavic lands. Price includes evening general admission to Filoli: $70 Non-member; $60 Member.
Holiday Adult Classes
In addition to the special holiday events, Filoli also offers holiday-themed adult classes as part of its year-round education program. This season, classes are offered in nuno felting, needle felting and stained-glass construction, as well as garland and wreath construction. Students can delight friends and family with handmade holiday gifts or décor. For information and pricing, visit: www.filoli.org/classes.
Holiday Portrait Sessions
The gardens at Filoli offer a unique and festive background for family portraits, perfect for holiday cards. A limited number of 90-minute portrait sessions are available per day on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests participating in a portrait session must purchase admission for that day and pay an additional portrait session fee of $75. For more information, visit: www.filoli.org/photography-policy.
For complete information on this year’s Holidays at Filoli program and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.filoli.org/events/holidays.
A curated selection of images of Holidays at Filoli are available for download and use at: www.filoli.org/media/holiday-images/.
Be sure to share your Filoli experiences on social media using the hashtag #HolidaysAtFiloli.
Located south of San Francisco in Woodside, California, Filoli boasts 654 acres of beauty nestled along the slopes of California’s coastal range. Originally built as a private residence in 1917, Filoli was open to the public in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The property is considered one of the finest remaining country estates of the 20th century, featuring a 54,000+ square-foot Georgian revival-style mansion, 16 acres of exquisite English Renaissance gardens, a 6.8-acre Gentleman’s Orchard and a nature preserve with over seven miles of hiking trails. Filoli is dedicated to connecting our rich history with a vibrant future through beauty, nature and shared stories, so that one day all people will honor nature, value unique experiences and appreciate beauty in everyday life. For more information about Filoli, visit www.filoli.org.
Filoli Historic House & Garden
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA 94062