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Christmas in the Park: Dog Day at the Park | San Jose

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted

Plaza de Cesar Chavez | 194 South Market St., San Jose, CA


Christmas in the Park | San Jose

For over 30 years, Plaza de Cesar Chavez has been transformed into Christmas in the Park, a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 55-foot Community Giving Tree.

One of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, includes a melting snowman, caroling mice and elf woodcrafters. Guests enter a winter wonderland of lights, songs and local entertainment while strolling through an enchanted forest of decorated trees. Children can have their photograph taken with Santa, watch nightly entertainment and enjoy holiday themed refreshments.

View 2019 Calendar of Events

> New for 2019 –  Nightly Tree Lighting
Christmas in the Park celebrates each night at 6:00pm with a special guest who will light the Community Giving Tree. Enjoy a special musical light show on their 55-foot live Christmas tree as they celebrate 40 years of Christmas in the Park and kickoff the night’s festivities on their Excite Community Stage.

It’s free to visit Christmas in the Park with your friends and families, but it is expensive to produce Christmas in the Park every year and they ask you to visit the food court or to make a donation to the program.

Christmas in the Park kicks off on Friday, November 29, 2019 through January 5, 2020

Christmas in the Park officially opens for the 2019 season on November 29th, starting with the first Community Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony. From then on, the event is open every day, including Christmas, from 9 am to midnight through January 5, 2020.

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Christmas in the Park | San Jose

Bring your four legged (dog) friend to Christmas in the Park for a free visit with Santa on December 7, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm.


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Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
Categories: Christmas, Holidays, Kids & Families, Pets, South Bay
Address: 194 South Market St., San Jose, CA

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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