If you don’t have young kids, the Tilden Park Merry Go Round Christmas Fantasy in the Woods will probably make you want to go out and find some just so you have an excuse to visit.
Running every evening through December 23, the event sees the much-loved antique carrousel transformed into a whimsical holiday spectacular.
When Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin visited recently, not only did she meet Santa, but also a live camel and a Shetland pony. She said the whole effect was “magical indeed”.
The Merry Go Round, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, is surrounded by Christmas trees whose ornaments are for sale, with themes ranging from the traditional to the eccentric, such as “Vampire” and “Mardis Gras”. There are holiday sweets and warm drinks on offer, carolers, as well as visits from Santa and his live reindeer.
The Tilden Park Merry Go Round Christmas Fantasy in the Woods runs through December 23, from 5:30-8:30 pm. Santa visits every night 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, except Wednesdays. Entrance to the event and visits with Santa are free. It costs $2 for one ride, or $10 for 7 rides.
And who needs a child? Adults are welcome to ride the Merry Go Round too.
For information, call (510) 524-6773.
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