giving-tree_good_smOne of my favorite traditions is Christmas in the Park in downtown San Jose. Now celebrating its 30th year, I really enjoy the atmosphere at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park , and get a hoot out of the fact that we can have ice (and a sprinkling of would-be snow) right smack-dab here in Northern California.

That’s the spirit!

If you haven’t had a chance to take in the sights, this weekend would be a fun time for the whole family. On Sunday, the holiday parade kicks off at 8:30am so be sure not to miss that. Also note that Christmas in the Park is a designated Second Harvest Food Bank Collection Location.

All events are free, and open to the public. So why not head downtown, maybe take in a show before or after, and enjoy all the festivities!

Shipping-DepartmentChristmas in the Park Exhibit
November 27, 2009 – December 27,2009
Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park
*Christmas in the Park is a designated Second Harvest Food Bank Collection Location
9 a.m. to midnight. Daily!

28th Annual San Jose Holiday Parade
Sunday, December 6, Step off at 8:30 a.m.
Begins at Santa Clara and Market Streets in downtown San José

Santa’s Photo Shop (Santa arrives Dec. 6)
December 6 – 24, Mon-Thurs: 3:30-6, 6:30 -9; Fri: until 9:30 p.m. Sat & Sun: 12-3, 3:30-6, 6:30-9 p.m.

Ornament-MineChristmas in the Park Nightly Entertainment
November 27 – December 24, 6-9 p.m. weekdays and 1-9 p.m. weekends.
Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park

USMC’s Toys for Tots “Stuff the Bus” Toy Drive
Saturday, December 12, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park

Christmas in the Park Raffle Drawing
Sunday, December 27, 7 p.m.
Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park
Tickets available for purchase in the Information Booth

All events are FREE to the public. For more information, call 408.794.6206 or visit

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