Instead of taking place in downtown San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, the event is pivoting to a drive-thru holiday experience at History Park in San Jose. All Rights Reserved. Christmas in the Park - San Jose, CA 95113 - Rated 4.7 based on 268 Reviews "The Christmas tree area was amazing. Event Hours: Daily Noon - 9:30pm. Flipping through downtown San Jose’s comic book history (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group), SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Santa waves and talks to a car as it drives through a light display during a preview for "Christmas in the Park - A Drive-Thru Holiday" at History Park in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The San Jose Holiday Parade tradition began in 1981 when Santa Claus arrived in grand style for the opening of the Christmas in the Park display at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, in Downtown San José. 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Due to COVID-19 concerns, the event will take place at History Park in San Jose. Christmas in the Park officially opens for the 2019 season on November 29th, starting with the first Community Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony. Copyright ©2021, Christmas in the Park. On top of the regular Christmas in the Park displays, the historic and replica buildings at History Park also will be decorated, along with the illuminated replica of the San Jose Light Tower. 2020 Christmas in the Park Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) Why is Christmas in the Park moving? Berkeley man who allegedly confessed to using young girl to produce child porn hit with federal charges, Three years after Oakland pedestrian was killed in hit and run, alleged driver arrested and charged, Sea shanty mania: 5 cool ways to get in on all the fun, ‘I believe in you. At a speed of 2.5 mph (or less), passengers can get a pretty good look at their favorites. While there’s some similarity to the Fantasy of Lights show at Vasona Lake County Park, it’s set apart by History Park’s 100-foot light tower and Christmas in the Park’s 300-plus decorated trees and charming animatronic scenes. Dancers from the ballet will also be there on select nights, so keep your eyes peeled for Mousima or the Nutcracker Prince. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The show actually starts in History Park’s huge parking lot on Phelan Avenue, where many traditional and familiar animatronic scenes are on display, including the Jazz Trolley Car, Bear Pond Ice Rink, the Christmas Ornament Mine, Penguin Flight School and Happy Hollow’s Danny the Dragon. “We know that people are used to our event having free admission, but due to lost revenue, having a pre-paid ticketed event is necessary,” Christmas in the Park Executive Director Jason Minsky said, adding that it was the “best one-year solution for us.”. Nov. 27, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021 History Park, 635 Phelan Ave, San Jose $10 from 4-5 pm; $20 from 5-10 pm Tix required in advance – Buy Tickets. “The drive-thru was created as a way to help deal with the COVID-19 situation, while still bringing Christmas in the Park cheer, but it will be much more than that.”. The thousands of families like ours who have made Christmas in the Park a tradition during the 40 years it was downtown at Plaza de Cesar Chavez will no doubt miss walking around the park with hot chocolate and churros, enjoying the nightly entertainment and soaking in the sights and sounds of Downtown Ice and the Winter Wonderland carnival rides — both canceled this year. Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas in the Park without Santa Claus, and the jolly old elf is there waving to people in cars from his giant sleigh as they pass by. Here’s a tip: Santa will be on your left side, so make sure the little ones know to start watching for him after you go through the light tower. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group), SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Hudson Martinez, 2, stands up in the sunroof of his families truck during a preview for "Christmas in the Park - A Drive-Thru Holiday" at History Park in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. To begin with, it’s a drive-thru event at History Park on Senter Road. And that’s just getting out of the parking lot. Due to COVID, Christmas in the park was at History Park in San Jose. San Jose’s Mattos Orchard to be on ‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’ Designer J.R. Mattos talents also on display at Christmas in the Park Christmas in the Park - A San Jose Tradition - Welcome to the official page of San Jose's Christmas in the Park. “One year off as a precaution is not a bad thing. San Jose’s Christmas in the Park Drive-Thru. From then on, the event is open every day, including Christmas, from 9 am to midnight through January 5, 2020. Christmas in the Park - A Drive Thru Holiday. Here’s what San Jose’s Christmas in the Park will look like this year San Jose’s holiday tradition will be a drive-thru event at History Park for 2020. Inside History Park, several buildings including the blacksmith’s shop, the print shop and Dashaway Stables — repurposed for Santa’s reindeer, of course — are decorated in holiday lights. SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: A car drives through a light tunnel display during a preview for "Christmas in the Park - A Drive-Thru Holiday" at History Park in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. This year, the beloved holiday tradition will be a drive-thru event. Advance tickets must be purchased. San Jose resident Braxton Alsip has attended Christmas in the Park since 2006, when he moved to San Jose, and has made it a tradition to grab a hot chocolate and enjoy the sights. Be sure to look in the windows of the Pacific Hotel and O’Brien’s Candy Shop, which are filled with Christmas decor. Now, the beloved San Jose holiday tradition, which opens Friday at 4 p.m. and runs through Jan. 3, has undergone a lot of change this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. San Jose’s annual Christmas in the Park holiday celebration is taking a new form but keeping its most important traditions. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group), SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: A car drives through a light display during a preview for "Christmas in the Park - A Drive-Thru Holiday" at History Park in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. November 27 through January 3, 2021, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We purchased tickets in advance. Mailing Address: 171 Branham Ln. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group), SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: A minivan drives through a light display during a preview for "Christmas in the Park - A Drive-Thru Holiday" at History Park in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. History Park's location and footprint set up nicely for a safe and family friendly event. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group). Christmas in the Park officially opens for the 2019 season on November 29th, starting with the first Community Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony. San Jose, CA's real-time and most comprehensive local Christmas-in-the-park-san-jose-2020 news. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group), SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: An oversized ornament on display during a preview for "Christmas in the Park - A Drive-Thru Holiday" at History Park in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. 2020 Event Address: History Park 635 Phelan Ave, San Jose CA 95112. Suite 10-234. Santa was fun to see at the end. It’s only $10 if you go between 4 and 5 p.m., and while you lose some of the lighting effects because of the fading daylight, some displays and tree decorations are easier to see. Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. 2020 Christmas in the Park Christmas in the Park - A Drive Thru Holiday 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.