Marin Independent Journal: Bay Area gardens bring on the holiday lights

Photo by Jeff Bartee


Another garden and house that goes big during the winter is Filoli, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in Woodside.

Filoli is a 54,000-square-foot Georgian revival-style mansion built in 1917. It’s set on 654 acres with about 16 acres of cultivated gardens, an orchard, a one-acre trail and hundreds of acres uncultivated.

Filoli claims to be “the premier Bay Area light attraction” with its record-breaking 20-plus miles of lights twinkling throughout the garden.

There’s much more to the Filoli holiday schedule, though. The holiday-dressed house featuring 14 trees and thousands of ornaments and groomed gardens are open for touring, and there are optional Santa visits, a private fire pit experience, gift shopping at the Clock Tower Shop, grab-and-go meals at the Quail Cafe and a holiday bar on the Woodland Court.

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