Filoli — the impeccably landscaped Woodside estate now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation — is famous for its spring and summer gardens. But the estate's short, stylish winter season makes it an excellent place to do holiday shopping in elegant surroundings. Holiday Traditions at Filoli runs November 27 through December 4 and has the mansion decked out in garlands and 18-foot Christmas trees. The easiest way to take in the show is to join one of Filoli's At Home Shopping Days (Nov 28–Dec 3), during which you can browse (and buy) while enjoying live music in the main house. Seated luncheons are also offered during the shopping days. Finally, four children's parties, to be attended by Santa and his missus, will be held December 4. These may inspire one nagging question: After visiting Filoli, why would Santa and Mrs. Claus want to go back to the North Pole? — Marcia Williamson
Reservations are required for At Home Shopping Days ($25), At Home Shopping Evenings (Nov 30–Dec 1; $25), luncheons ($65, includes shopping fee), and kids' parties ($65, $25 ages 12 and under). 86 Cañada Rd., Woodside; www.filoli.org or 650/364-8300 ext. 508.