SAN JOSE – A decades-old holiday tradition in downtown has managed to get even more festive this year.
Christmas in the Park runs from Thanksgiving weekend through early January. Its location in Plaza de Cesar Chavez in the center of downtown, near such landmarks as The Tech Museum of Innovation, the San Jose Museum of Art and the San Jose Cathedral, adds to the event’s appeal.
PG&E is one of the corporate sponsors of the free event. Christmas in the Park started with a single Nativity display in the 1950s. It now attracts 450,000 spectators each year.
The event includes entertainment, a train, a reindeer barn and, of course, Santa. The centerpiece is a delightful village with a candy shop, a log cabin and many more shops with moving characters.
The opening night festivities included music from Voices in Harmony, a performance by Robert Strong, the Comedy Magician, and an appearance by American Idol finalist DeAndre.
Then, PG&E’s Karla Lomax, a government relations manager based in San Jose, plugged in the 60-foot Community Giving Christmas tree. She was joined by San Jose City Council members Sam Liccardo, Ash Kalra, Rose Herrera and Pierluigi Oliverio.
Some upcoming events at Christmas in the Park include:
- Wednesday, Dec. 11. Movie Night. “A Christmas Story” will be shown at 6 p.m. on the Community Stage.
- Saturday, Dec. 14: Multiple events including a the Radio Disney Road Show, Book Drive, Toys for Tots Super Saturday, Arts & Crafts Saturday and Dog Day at the Park.
- Wednesday, Dec. 18. Movie Night. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be shown at 6 p.m. on the Community Stage.
- Saturday, Dec. 21: Arts & Crafts Saturday.
- Saturday, Dec. 28: Arts & Crafts Saturday
- Wednesday, Jan. 1: Closing Day.
The nearby Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice, located in the Circle of Palms between the Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel, stays open until Jan. 5.