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Deck the halls: Filoli estate celebrates holidays

 

Filoli, the historic estate in Woodside, holds its nine-day Holiday Traditions fundraising celebration from Nov. 26 through Dec. 4. This year's theme is "Visions of Sugarplums Dancing," with decorations and merchandise inspired by classic tales of past holidays.

Holiday Traditions is centered on the first floor of the 36,000-square-foot mansion, with each room transformed to showcase the merchandise on sale for the Holiday Boutique.

The Filoli house courtyard will be turned into a 19th century winter park with gas lamps, park benches, and ice skaters, said Filoli spokeswoman Christina Syrett.

Highlights of the nine-day event include a dinner party with live music on Saturday, Nov. 27, and a Filoli Children's Party on Saturday, Dec. 4. Buffets lunches and bistro dinners are held at select times throughout the event.

Proceeds support the preservation of Filoli, a 654-acre property that is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Go to filoli.org or call 364-8300, ext. 508, for more information or to purchase tickets. Space is limited. Tickets are non-fundable and non-exchangeable.

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