5 Great Holiday Activities in San Jose, CA

Ice skating downtown at Downtown Ice in San Jose, CA

Ice skating downtown at Downtown Ice in San Jose, CA. Photo by Felicia Gold

Looking for something for you and your family to do this holiday season?  San Jose has what you’re looking for.  From downtown ice skating to carriage rides to a house of mystery all decked out with the holiday spirit.  CarryOnBagsAndMore.com lists its top 5 popular, but not widely advertised attractions to do in San Jose CA with your family.

  1. Rockefeller Center can eat its heart out because we’ve got The Palms.  Hawaiian Airlines/Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice, Circle of Palms, between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose.  The South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink is now open. Open through Jan. 12. Tickets through Dec. 19: $13 children 10 and under, $15, 11 and older; Dec. 20-Jan. 5: $15, children 10 and under, $17, 11 and older; Jan. 6-12: $13, children 10 and under, $15, 11 and older. Visit http://www.sjdowntown.com/downtownice for operating hours.
  2. Christmas in the Park, at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. This holiday fantasy in downtown has come back for its 34th year.  It showcases more than 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Christmas in the Park continues through Jan. 1. Visit http://www.christmasinthepark.com for details.

    Christmas in the park

    Christmas in the Park in San Jose, CA. Photo by Felicia Gold

  3. Children’s Holiday Festival Dec 14th 11 – 4pm.  Come down to History Park for this annual event.  Take photos with Santa and ride in his trolley.  Enjoy live music, entertainment, holiday crafts for kids, and story time with the Snow Queen.  Visit http://historysanjose.org/wp/events/childrens-holiday-festival/ for directions and times.
  4. Star Wars at the Tech museum. And for my fellow Geeks out there, relive the magic of all 6 films with authentic costumes and props of Darth Vader, Yoda, R2-D2, and many more.  Engage in hands-on design labs, engineer Droids™, and manipulate robots.  Explore space travel, robotics, magnetic levitation and the Millennium Falcon™ Experience.  Now open until Sunday Feb 23, 2014.  http://www.thetech.org/plan-your-visit/special-exhibitions/STAR-WARS
  5. Winchester Mystery House Presents the Spirit of Christmas.  Featuring beautifully decorated rooms with spectacular, one-of-a-kind Celebration Trees.  Take a picture under the giant mistletoe, and the influence of Sara Winchester is not far off with 13 additional mistletoes hidden throughout the mansion for guests to find.  Walk through the gardens aglow with thousands of twinkling lights and enjoy classic carols and holiday cheer as music fills the air and lifts the spirits (pun intended). http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/christmas/
    Winchester Mystery House

    Photo from Wikipedia

Bonus:  Twin Lakes Church in Santa Cruz, Ca, our close cousin to the southwest, is hosting Light Has Come, a free Christmas Concert that always amazes.  Come hear beautiful Christmas music, both traditional and contemporary, featuring amazing soloists, a 60-person choir, a full orchestra, dancers and more! Experience the wonder of the season and revel in the beautiful sight of thousands of candles lighting the December night!  The show dates are Saturday December 21st through Tuesday December 24th.  See link for show times.

Don’t miss out on these opportunities.  You will create family memories that will last for many more holidays and beyond.


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