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Community - October 31, 2012

Filoli gets ready for the holidays

It's not too early to make reservations for Filoli's annual "Holiday Traditions," which will be held Nov. 23 through Saturday, Dec. 1, at the historic Woodside mansion. This year's theme is "Discover the Magic."

Many of the events, such as the children's luncheon with Santa and Ms. Claus and the lunch buffets, are early sellouts.

The kickoff to the nine-day event is an evening of premier access shopping on Friday, Nov. 23. Guests are the first to see the decorations and shop in a relaxed atmosphere. The evening includes music, hors d'oeuvres and wine. The cost is $75 for members and $85 for non-members.

An evening of dinner and dancing is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24, with dancing to a new orchestra, the Joe Sharino Band, in the ballroom. After two dinner buffet seatings, 6:30 and 8 p.m., guests return to the Main House for dessert and more time in the ballroom. Tickets are $135 for members, $150 for non-members.

During the balance of the week, visitors may shop in the Main House , enjoy the lunch buffets or visit Filoli's cafe for coffee, snacks, soups and sandwiches. There will be evening shopping Tuesday and Thursday, and the cafe will be open for light fare.

Holiday Traditions concludes with the children's lunches on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Visitor and Education Center.

Go to for more information and to find what events are still available. Tickets are now on sale by calling 364-8300, ext. 508, Monday through Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.