Though this much-visited attraction has celebrated the Yuletide season for a number of years, a new tradition began in 2017 called Holidays at Filoli. For six festive weeks, the mansion shines as brightly as the stars over San Francisco Bay, welcoming sojourners to engage in the destination’s annual revelry. During this special time, guests are free to enjoy a nighttime stroll through a generous portion of the garden, with fairy lights illuminating the way. They also can reserve a coveted spot at one of the afternoon teas, complete with a sumptuous menu—just one more way to experience Filoli’s impressive éclat during the Christmas season.
Text Karen Callaway
Photography Marcy Black Simpson