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San Jose’s 2021 “Christmas in the Park” Kickoff + Tree Lighting (Nov. 26 – Jan 2)

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Friday, November 26, 2021 - 5:30 pm to 12:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted

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


San Jose’s 2021 “Christmas in the Park” (Nov. 26 – Jan 2)

Since the early 1950’s when the display was originally set-up on the front lawn of the Lima Family Mortuary through it’s placement on the front lawn of City Hall during the 1970’s and where it has been since 1980, in downtown San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, the Christmas in the Park display is a tradition for our community.

In 2021 we are excited to bring the tradition back to downtown San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park.

With over 500 decorated trees, more than 40 animated displays, live entertainment and so much more, this holiday celebration is a 40+ year tradition and is free to attend.

We also have a few new surprises as well including new light displays, a brand new 65′ tall walk through Christmas tree and Blinky’s Tavern – an all new inflatable beer and wine garden! The theme for this year’s event is “A Very Beary Christmas.”

2021 Dates

Christmas in the Park officially opens for the 2021 season on November 26 starting with the Community Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30pm. From then on, the event is open every day through January 2, 2022, from noon to midnight, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Schedule of Entertainment: Nov 27th- December 4th

Saturday, 11/27/21
2:00-2:50 – Mindy’s Music
3:00-4:50 – New Hope Band
5:00-5:50- Primetime Martial Arts
6:00-8:00 – Saturday Night Movie: “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”
8:00-8:50 – DUB:RAE Vocal Duo
9:00-9:50 – Duran, Senduk, Fong Christmas Performance- Singing performances of traditional and modern Christmas songsSunday, 11/28/21
2:00-2:50 – San Jose Dance Theatre
3:00-3:50 – 4K Dance Troop
4:00-4:50 – The Dance Affair
5:00-7:50 – Sarah Getty’s Music StudioMonday, 11/29/21
6:00-8:00 – Pearl Alley Band

Tuesday, 11/30/21

6:00-6:30 – Silicon Valley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 52- speakers and singers to honor the fallen officers nationwide.
7:00-7:50 – Limelight Performing Arts Studio- a Bay Area vocal studio for young voices
9:00-9:50 – Santa Clara University Acapella groupWednesday, 12/01/21
6:00-7:50 – City Council District 3
8:00-8:50 – Notre Dame San Jose Music and DanceThursday, 12/02/21
6:00-6:50 – Dance Attack
7:00-7:50- San Jose Jazz
8:00-8:50- Sarah Getty’s Music Studio

Friday, 12/03/21
6:00-6:50 – Purdance
9:00-9:50 – Leland Electrics Dance Team

Saturday, 12/04/21
2:00-2:50 – Carolyn Clark Elementary School
3:00-3:50 – Santa Teresa Academy of Dance and Music
4:00-4:50 – T & Company Dance Center
5:00-5:50 –
6:00-8:00 – Saturday Night Movie: “The Muppets Christmas Carol”
8:00-8:50 – Melissa and Friends- music group
9:00-9:50 – Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol- Mexican Folk Dancers

See upcoming schedule of events

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.


Event Details


Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
Categories: *Top Pick*, Christmas, Holidays, In Person, Kids & Families, South Bay, Tree + Holiday Lightings
Address: 194 South Market St., San Jose, CA