KPIX 5: COVID Christmas: Bay Area Families Safely Visit Santa Amid Pandemic

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Filoli changed its Santa set-up from indoors to outdoors and built a platform in its 16-acre garden.

Events and programs director Brittany Jones says fire pits and decorations add comfort and joy.

“This is a nice piece of hope for people in these kind of weird times right now,” Jones said.

Terena Scott calls the outdoor visit perfect for her daughter who’s in a wheelchair.

“We’re weren’t going to bring her anywhere because she’s so fragile but we have to take part in the holiday and this felt like a good safe way to do it,” Scott said.

And it’s less scary for Polina Ying’s younger daughter Tessa.

“For little kids, I feel like it’s better, ’cause they’re not forced to sit on Santa’s lap,” Ying chuckled.

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