For the 2017 season

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Shadi Holiday Display returns to El Cerrito hillside Dec. 10 - 26, 2017

Community favorite evokes happy memories reaching back 65 years

EL CERRITO, Calif. – One of the Bay Area’s most cherished holiday traditions returns to the El Cerrito Hills for two weeks beginning Dec. 10. The Shadi Holiday Display, created by long-time El Cerrito resident Sundar Shadi, features shepherds, camels, dogs, donkeys and sheep, villagers and the town of Bethlehem crafted by Shadi from common household items and recycled and salvaged materials.

Visitors are invited to ‘Share the Tradition’ this year and bring someone to see the display for the first time. Generations grew up visiting the display next to the Shadi’s home on the Arlington in El Cerrito. Today, his display is lovingly recreated not far from the original location where Shadi shared his folk art figures every year from 1949 to 1997. The display has been installed at its current location, on Moeser Lane at Sea View in El Cerrito, since community volunteers took over care of the display in 2002. Volunteers, including members of Boy Scout Troop 104, have been repairing and replacing buildings from the town and other display figures throughout the year.

The display is lit nightly between 5 and 10 p.m., with volunteers on hand to assist visitors. Several live performances will be offered this year.

Check back in the fall of 2017 for details

Directions and information on parking at To volunteer, donate or for more information contact Joann Steck-Bayat, 510-524-9468 or

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