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Christmas in the Park in the heart of downtown San Jose is a spectacular annual holiday tradition celebrating over 30 years of holiday magic. Bringing people together from all over the Bay Area and beyond, it is sure to deliver a dose of enchanted holiday fun to the entire family. Join the festivities in the two-acre park that has been transformed into a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Guests enter a winter wonderland of lights, songs and local entertainment while strolling through an enchanted forest of trees decorated by San José schools, community groups and businesses. Children can have their photograph taken with Santa, watch nightly entertainment and enjoy holiday themed refreshments now through January 1, 9am to midnight. The event is free and parking is affordable and easy.
How does ice skating under the stars and palm trees at San Jose’s Downtown Ice sound?
As part of the Christmas in the park celebration, this is the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink and only open for the holiday season. World famous skating icon Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation and Hawaiian Airlines have come together with the San Jose Downtown Association to produce a gorgeous holiday ice rink and festive environment for the whole family. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt for Aloha Fridays – Nov. 30; Dec. 7 & 14 and Jan. 4 & 11 and admission is only $10 to everyone dressed in island attire. MOJO Burger is on site at Downtown Ice all season with tasty menu items like the Krispy Kreme donut burger, cheese burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, fries, churros and gourmet hot cocoa.
Big Band Christmas Surprise!
Sing and sway the Santa way!
Celebrate the holidays with fabulous arrangements of classic and new holiday tunes done up Big Band style. Each performance features superb surprise guest singers and a local celebrity to share a personal holiday moment. For every production, Tabard donates a portion of its concession proceeds to a local nonprofit. Patrons also are encouraged to bring with them donations of non-perishable food, blankets, and coats. Currently performing now through December 16, with both matinees and evening shows at the Theater on San Pedro Square in San Jose.
A Christmas Carol “…exquisite staging … a step beyond the normal holiday theatre fare…” –Stark Insider
Rick Lombardo’s musical adaptation of this classic holiday story is a feast for the senses, full of popular Victorian carols, lavish period costumes, and actors playing over a dozen traditional instruments. The San Jose Mercury News has called it “an irresistible dose of holiday cheer guaranteed to put some holly in your heart.” Running now through Sunday, December 23 at the Performing Arts San Jose Repertory Theatre in San Jose.
What makes the season merrier than a delightful Christmas concert? “A Chanticleer Christmas“evening does! A hallmark of the Christmas season for more than 30 years, this magnificent and elegant holiday concert is a cherished Bay Area tradition. Join friends and family for an holiday celebration featuring an unrivaled blend of male voices singing uplifting selections of joyous music for the season in the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis. The Grammy Award-winning ensemble, praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity”, is a must-see Silicon Valley event for the season. Afternoon and evening performances Saturday December 22.
The season is sparkling at Santana Row!
This sophisticated urban shopping, dining and entertainment destination is a must-see in Santa Clara County. Imagine a true urban village, a town-within-a-town where you stroll among lofts and villas, 70 retail shops and boutiques, 20 full service restaurants, nine spas and salons, and a CineArts movie theatre. Pedestrian friendly streets, events catering to entire families, the buzz of the Sunday Farmers’ Market and shopping nirvana combines seamlessly for an unforgettable experience.
Santana Row’s Holiday Highlights include:
“Shop, Enjoy & Give” Wine Walk - Help those in need while you complete your holiday shopping. Purchase a $10 ticket* and receive complimentary food and wine tastings in Santana Row shops and restaurants, a signature Santana Row wine glass and exclusive holiday shopping discounts. Bring a donation of canned food when you purchase your ticket and receive $2 off the ticket. All proceeds benefit Silicon Valley’s Second Harvest Food Bank.
W’s Salon Toys For Tots Client Appreciation Day – Celebrate the season with a stop in at W’s Salon in Santana Row. Discounted Haircuts pair with Toys for Tots this holiday. Join in the merriment while giving back to the community December 17, 2012, 11AM – 6 PM. Enjoy Champagne and hors d’oeuvres, photos with U.S Marines and 15% off all retail. There will also be a drop off bin available for new or unopened toys.
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