Thank you to the Shadi committee and all of the Volunteers.


Dates: Saturday, December 15, 2018 through Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Time: The display lights go on at 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., daily.


7501 Moeser Lane in El Cerrito (near Seaview)

El Cerrito, CA


Local Map - Shadi Holiday Display

Drone Footage

See some amazing drone footage from 2016 -Link to Drone Footage


The Shadi Holiday Display is a beloved tradition in El Cerrito, and it would not be possible without community volunteers. Dates for these volunteer postitions will be added soon: we need help with ground prep, display set up and take down . For more info or to volunteer, call 510-524-9468.

We also invite you to serve as a volunteer “shepherd” or docent for the display—to greet visitors, answer questions, and share information. Shepherd shifts run from 5 – 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 – 10 p.m. nightly. For more info or to volunteer, email Donna Houser:



The Shadi Holiday Display has been a cherished Christmas tradition for children and families in El Cerrito and surrounding communities for the past 68 years— and we invite you to help us continue the tradition.
With your support, we can preserve the display and continue the tradition. Your contribution of any amount will help our volunteers repair the figurines, pay the electricity bill, and maintain the Shadi display for years to come. Thank you!



Gretchen S. - Thank you to the Sundar Shadi family for the beautiful handcrafted Xmas displays my family would drive to see every year. It was a lovely tradition for so many & we are grateful! We should all open our minds & hearts & allow the wonderful contributions of all people to enrich our lives.

Sue C. - He never asked for anything. He was a humble man who worked hard, loved this country, and found a special way to give back to everyone. I first saw the display in 1958, and have remained grateful to this day for his generosity.

Paul S. - I just remember it being a very special time when my mom would take us up into the Arlington to see Mr. Shadi's house at Christmas time. I had never seen anything like his hillside before...Amazing!

Ronna B. - Thank you for your loving work on this. I used to stop by every year to help him when I could. He would quietly find just the right spot for each animal and arranged everything with loving care. This gentle man taught me how to give without expecting anything in return. I am so grateful that his gift of grace continues. Such a good man. He taught the world what humanity truly means.

Earlonda W.I. - Thank You All So Very Much, I Have Loved The Gorgeous Display All My Life!! I Lived On Liberty St. When I Was Little.. But Even Before Then My Parents & I Went Every Year & There After.. I Adore It!!

Ray W. - I remember Mr. Shadi every year putting up his Christmas display. People would come from all over to see it. It was magical!

Katrina R. - When we lived in San Pablo, taking the beautiful drive on the Arlington and visiting this was one of our family holiday traditions. It was amazing.

Dwayne B. - Such magical times in my youth with the family driving by the display on Arlington.. such good times and Memories of this .. Thanks Mr. Shadi!

Gretchen S. - When I was a child in the 50's & 60's & lived in Richmond, every Christmas we would drive up the hill & patiently drive past your amazing holiday display. We knew it had all been lovingly handcrafted, better every year. It was a major highlight of our holiday festivities. Thank you! Thank you so much for the many years of your devotion & hard work bringing us the highlight of our holiday season. My family was always thrilled to see such a wondrous display.

Eileen P.C. - Thank you for the HUGE effort put out each year to bring this beautiful display to life!

Teri P. - For many years my parents would make the drive up Moser to the Arlington to view Mr. Shadi's display, then at his home. Now, I bring my parents and daughter up every year. Truly grateful for his lovely gift.

Norma D. - It would not be Christmas without this wonderful display

Sheila P. - What a great job you've done keeping this beloved Christmas tradition alive! Many thanks to each and everyone involved.

Lori B. - I remember going to see that house when we visited Aunt Mary. So cool the owners still decorate for Christmas.

Goldie M. - No one like him in the world! ❤ ️In my soul forever! Build it and they will come! The Field with Bethlehem, a place where Christmas dreams come true! Mr. Sundar Shadi, playing lead Angel out in his field, watching over his flock! My greatest memory is, standing there every year, waiting in the cold for Mr. Shadi to make his appearance, the display was magical, but Mr. Shadi to me was like greeting Santa Claus himself! When I was 4, he was larger than life! Then as I had Children, I brought them every year, they too admired the man who made the magic at Christmas! Now this year, my Grandchild gets to experience this magical event, but not without our memories passed to her of the magical man who was larger than life that now has left his magical legacy for the world to Love! Always in my heart Mr. Shadi, the brightest Star in Heaven!

Ima R. - Thank you volunteers. Love and light to all. Happy holidays. Thanks for keeping the Shadi spirit alive.

Mary L. - Thank you for your hard work. It brings up so many wonderful memories for me. I loved it as a kid and after I moved to Canada still managed to visit it and share it with my daughter on our visits to my parents in El Cerrito. Thank you for keeping it alive.

Rianna B. - My mom and I saw this EVERY year on the Arlington growing up. It was one of our many traditions.

Debbie H.S. - Took my kids every year! It's was a tradition. So glad it continues!

Gail Marie L. - So amazing that this is still going on. Growing up in Richmond my family would go to see it every year. One of my fondest childhood memories.

Deborah C. - Went there as a child, and took my son as a little boy. Thankful for those who continue the tradition (hard work) raining or not! My mom and Dad took us.

Alexis P.R. - One of the holiday decorations I have always looked forward to as a kid when it was on the Arlington and now over they years something I take my grandkids to see .

Dave P. - Can't tell you how many times I've run right by that spot. Miss it beyond words.

Rosanne S. - I lived in El Cerrito for almost 30 years and his display was a big part of everyone's Christmas. I'm so glad it was saved and is still being shown.

Leslie S. - These are looking SO great! I have visited the display (we called it the "Arlington") since I was born. It was our family Christmas tradition to go up there and view the wonderful exhibit and listen to the music and feel the frosty air, as we took in all the beauty of the lights and the statues and the story of Christmas. I was so thankful to be able to take my own little children there last Christmas, and share this magic with them. Thank you so much for preserving the legacy of this wonderful man, Mr. Shadi, for all of us to continue to enjoy so very much. I cannot wait to visit again with my little ones.

Ann R. - I still call it the Arlington! My grandparents used to live at the bottom of the drive in Richmond so Christmas night always ended with a visit, not to mention the additional visit we had made earlier in the month. My youngest daughter will see it for the first time this year. (2016) We haven't been up there for about 10 years with our older daughter. So looking forward to it. Thank you for keeping it alive.

Kit O. - I was blessed to be able to see this growing up. I saw it last year. My brother and I went after living away for so many years. Great memories!

Cheryl H.C. - Good to have such childhood memories! We waited every year to see his whole hillside transformed into a Christmas spectacular. I remember every year there would be new additions! The highlight of the Christmas season back in the early '50s. Those were the good old days.

Rick V. - Growing up in El Cerrito this was the best part of the Christmas season. What a great treat and a great family to have given so much joy during the season. Thank you for the memories.

Jim W. - For many years there would be a long line of cars stopped on the Arlington to watch this display.

Michael R. - Was always fun to go every year as a kid.

Shelley C. - I remember, every year.

Ronna B. - Thanks to all the lovely folks that made this happen!

Deidre W. - I'm choking up. This was such a big part of my childhood.

Nola C.H. - Ah such great memories of seeing this every year!

Wanda S.R. - thank you so much. Mr.Shadi was an amazing man.

Gayle A. - We went to see it every year. My dad was an El Cerrito cop and knew him. He started out with just a few figures and every year he would add more! Finally the hillside was covered!

Doreen S. -was there since i was a little girl. kind of him to leave it to the city when he passed.

Ria M. - Wow, still doing it! Saw this 35 years ago.

Diana L. So nice to see the display lives on. So many memories of driving on the foggy Arlington only to see this beautiful display and lights emerge out of the fog!

Theresa S. I have so many memories there. I went there every year when I was a kid.

Glorya N. Visiting Mr. Shadi's hillside was a long family tradition for us. I remember seeing tour buses lined up, in addition to many people just parking blocks away. Such a beautiful gift he gave us all for so many years.

Barbara B. I love people like you who are carrying on a wonderful tradition. When my family and lived in El Cerrito, we never missed a drive by of Mr. Shadi’s Christmas Display.

Cherie N. This was my childhood.

Leslie S. Thank you so very much for posting this. I used to visit "The Arlington" with my parents every year since I was born. It is such a beautiful memory. I was able to take my children after the volunteers made it possible for the tradition to continue. That meant so very much to me. I am in another state right now and I appreciate this video so very much. Thank you for allowing us to experience the beauty of the display even from afar. Merry Christmas.

Shadi Logo Text Only Mission Statement: Maintain and display the folk art Christmas scene created by Sundar Shadi. © 2017 - Shadi Holiday Display.
Committee members: Jane Bartke, Rich Bartke, Michelle Fadelli, Donna Houser, Greg Lyman, Mae Ritz, Richard Ritz, Joann Steck-Bayat, Marty Takimoto