When looking for things to do with the kids this holiday season, consider the numerous Christmas events in San Jose. Located in California’s Silicon Valley, much of San Jose’s holiday scene centers around Plaza de César Chávez, which means you can simply park your car and have many interesting attractions within walking distance. Updated for 2018!
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The plaza is transformed into a forest of holiday delights. There are acres of Christmas trees decorated by local schools, community groups, and businesses. Over 60 animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree add joy for visitors of all ages. Get a photo with Santa before heading off to enjoy carnival rides or share an amazing cup of Snowman hot chocolate! Christmas in the Park has been a San Jose holiday tradition for more than 30 years.
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For some, this event is a stop on the way to the San Jose Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Others may be headed to the Fairmont Hotel, an elegant hub in the center of all of the city’s holiday magic where they’ll partake in seasonal tea or simply enjoy the sweet sights of gingerbread structures and electric holiday train displays. A lucky group may be settling into one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms for a stay amidst the childlike wonder.
But there are other attractions to take in around Plaza de César Chávez during the holidays, here’s a brief guide to Christmas events in San Jose:
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There is festive fun to be had outside of the downtown area as well. Here are some other Christmas events in San Jose events you won’t want to miss:
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