To-do list for holiday fun

Filoli at night
Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Holiday lights illuminate the gardens and walk-ways at Filoli.

Although the pandemic has canceled many travel plans and events for the holidays, a variety of local activities are still on the calendar, some virtual and others in person but socially distanced. A rundown of holiday events follows.

Holidays at Filoli

Nov. 21 to Jan. 3

Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside

With a variety of gardens, a fire pit and offerings of hot cider or mulled wine, visitors can walk around and explore the winter decorations or enjoy the sunset as the gardens glow with sparkling lights. Cost is up to $28 during the day; up to $38 after 4 p.m.

Drive-Thru Christmas in the Park

What: Enjoy a drive-thru experience seeing displays of decorated Christmas trees and lights. With 32 buildings, the 14-acre site combines landmarks from Santa Clara Valley’s past with a visit from Santa Claus.

When: Nov. 27 through Jan. 3

Where: History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose

Cost: $10 per car (4-5 p.m.); $20 (5-10 p.m.)


Gamble Gardens Festival of Trees

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5

Gamble Gardens, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto

Donated and decorated trees are on display outdoors at Gamble Gardens. All attendees are required to practice social distancing and wear a mask. Free.

Santa Run Silicon Valley Virtual Race

Anytime Dec. 20; packet pickups Dec. 18 and 19

Dress up in costume or the provided shirt to run in the holiday-themed virtual race. For the Santa Run, all participants will receive a long-sleeve race shirt, a medal, a Santa race buff and a digital bib. For the Reindeer Dash, all kids will receive a shirt, a medal and a digital bib. Cost is $20 (kids) to $40 (adults).

Hidden Villa Nature Walk

When: Slots available between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; visit website for specific dates

Where: 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills

Cost: $10 per vehicle; fee to visit


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