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Tilden Park Christmas Fantasy

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Sure, there are plenty of malls in the bay area where you can take your kid to meet Santa. But none of those consumerist meccas compare to the Tilden Park carousel. Nestled high up in the Berkeley hills, you drive along dark roads until you see the explosion of color. There’s a huge tree all lit up, a whole field of lit up North Pole scenes, the antique carousel all done up with lights and trees and stuffed animals and other decor, and of course the man himself, old Saint Nick. Carousel rides are just $2. There’s also hot apple cider and popcorn available. And unlike the mall, Santa does not have a cover charge and any pictures you get with him you take yourself. Open through Christmas at 5:30 every night. Sometimes there are even carolers. Check out our little video from last week to see.

  • Roxy
    11:33 pm on December 15th, 2008 1

    Awww, that Stella sure is a cutiepie…thanks for posting the cool video, a low budget Polar Express! I started to get a little dizzy on the carousel, but I’m better now.

    The Tilden Park Christmas Fantasy seems like a perfect way to avoid the mall and enjoy the Santa experience. I am trying to think back to whether my girls have ever, ever gone to see Santa, at the mall or elsewhere. I think we’ve seen him from a distance as he rode into Far Hills on a fire engine (no reindeer), but London and Maddie have never really liked Santa up close and personal. It is fun to see some of the photos with Santa that proud parents/grandparents have posted around the blogosphere.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Jason
    11:41 pm on December 15th, 2008 2

    Thanks, Roxy. Stella seems to only tolerate Santa because he gives her candy canes. This is really the first year we’re making a big deal about Christmas with her. Last year she liked getting presents, but this year she can talk about it and that takes it to a whole new level. Next year I suspect she’ll be wanting to write to Santa.

  • Roxy
    11:54 pm on December 15th, 2008 3

    Yes, Stella will be writing to Santa…London and Maddie usaully start writing in July…thankfully, they don’t really expect all or any of what’s on the list, it is just like having a jolly old pen pal at the North Pole. And what with my track record of older men, Santa’s the only one over the age of ten with whom I’m likely to allow them to correspond. Ho! Ho! Ho!

  • Roxy
    11:57 pm on December 15th, 2008 4

    Stella is also lucky to have a dad who’s good with the video camera. While I have enough still photos to make a mini-series by flipping them, I’m not diligent about getting out the video and getting a 2-minute memory byte.


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