Header Sundar Shadi Holiday Display

On Moeser Lane, east of San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito

Visit this iconic holiday display, from December 13 to December 27, 2014.

5 PM to 10 PM


Join the vibrant community group that sets up this joyful display every year.

Follow the links above to find out more about sponsoring and volunteering.

Thanks to all of the volunteers and visitors who made the 2013 season a warm and wonderful success.

Links of interest

  1. See the movie, Sundar Shadi's Gifts, online at: Sundar Shadi's Gifts

    (The movie, Sundar Shadi's Gifts, was a product of the city of El Cerrito and Channel 28 in Richmond. Christian Wimmer did the editing).

  2. See a funny time lapse of the Shadi set up: Link to time lapse
    Thanks to Steve Crawford for the time lapse: steve@robinandsteve.org
  3. Link to some photos of the volunteers setting up the display for the annual event. These photos are from December 2013: Link to Flickr photo album

Sundar Shadi Holiday Display

Shadi Holiday Display 2013

From 1949 until his retirement in 1996,
Sundar Shadi brightened everyone's Christmas with the elaborate Nativity displays he set up on his sprawling hillside yard on the Arlington.

For many people, Shadi WAS Christmas. He was a real life Santa Claus who gave his neighbors something more precious than toys - he gave us the true spirit of the holidays.

The work he went through every year was his gift to us.

An Annual Tradition

Thanks to the Shadi family's generous donation of Mr. Shadi's unique and well-loved figures to Soroptimist International of El Cerrito and the El Cerrito Community Foundation, we can see this holiday display once again.

It will be shown this year (2014) for 13 evenings, leading up to and including Christmas. (Saturday, December 13 thru Friday, December 26). The display is located approximately one mile east of San Pablo Ave, on Moeser Lane in El Cerrito. See the map on the "location" page

Your Tradition

If hanging lights and dragging a tree into your house isn't something you look forward to, or even do, start a new tradition ! The volunteers at the Shadi display are an energetic and enthusiastic group. It is a wonderful way to generate a feeling of good will while spreading the holiday cheer.

More photos from the 2013 set-up coming soon to the volunteers page.

Set up day December 14, 2013