From parks to resorts and elaborate private home displays, San Jose certainly enters into the festive spirit with millions of lights in drive-through displays, walking events and the one that will certainly grab your attention is the Chinese Lantern display with exhibits up to 300 feet long! It’s not just about the lights – most places have plenty of activities for kids too.
About: Whereas some displays are best seen in the dark this one has so many pretty decorations it’s fun to stroll through in the daytime and to make a nighttime visit. The 2017 display broke the Guinness World Record for most illuminated Christmas trees in one location – 600 trees. While some are better decorated than others – various businesses and schools each decorate a tree, the overall impression is pretty good. There is a hot cocoa stand and stands with funnel cakes, cotton candy, and other savory and sweet treats as well as rides like the Ferris wheel, a small roller coaster and an ice skating rink. There are Christmas movie nights and various others activities on certain dates – check the online schedule.
When: until December 25.
About: The trees in this area will be lit up with Santa making nightly appearances between December 9 and 23 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. There will be choral groups, and the houses and central median will be all lit up beside the Christmas trees decked out in all their seasonal sparkle and glow. There is a Santa mailbox where kids can drop their letters, and Santa himself is on a sleigh in the center median – willing to listen to kid’s requests and pose for photos. Some owners sell hot chocolate and generally, there is an air of neighborly friendliness to the event. See which tree the kids like most of the many trees on Christmas Tree Lane. Park nearby and stroll the lane – you miss so much when you drive – and the poor driver can’t relax, so bundle up warmly and enjoy the atmosphere. Weekday nights are less busy and early in December, it is also less crowded. Some nights there are bands or carolers.
When: December 1 through to early January.
Contact: via Facebook