Joyful Silicon Valley: Your 2023 Ultimate Guide to Christmas Fun and Events

Kevin Swartz  |  December 1, 2023


Joyful Silicon Valley: Your 2023 Ultimate Guide to Christmas Fun and Events

Get ready to unwrap the enchantment of Christmas in Silicon Valley with our ultimate guide to festive events and activities. Immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere as glittering light displays illuminate the streets, casting a warm glow on the bustling tech hub. Delight in captivating performances that showcase the talents of local artists, adding a touch of creativity to the holiday season. And don't miss the chance to have delightful encounters with Santa himself, as he spreads joy and cheer throughout the winter wonderland. Experience the perfect blend of technology and holiday spirit, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Christmas in the Park - Downtown San Jose

  • Location: Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Downtown San Jose.
  • Description: The annual Christmas in the Park event transforms downtown San Jose into a winter wonderland with a dazzling display of lights, decorations, and themed exhibits.
  • Dates: Nov 29th-Jan 1st
  • Walk Thru Daily Sun-Thurs Noon-10pm, Fri-Sat Noon-11pm, Cost: Free
  • Drive Thru Light Show 5pm-10pm, Cost: $35 per vehicle and tickets must be purchase in advanced
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Fantasy of Lights - Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos

  • Location: Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos.
  • Description: Fantasy of Lights is a drive-through holiday lights display featuring animated exhibits and twinkling lights. Admission is by vehicle, and it's a magical experience for the whole family. This has been a family tradition of ours, dressing in holiday pajamas with a baked treat and holiday music. 
  • Dates: Dec 5th-Dec 30th (closed on Dec 25th) between 6pm-10pm
  • Cost: $30 per vehicle - Tickets must be purchased in advance 
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Christmas Tree Lane - Palo Alto

    • Location: Fulton Street (1700 and 1800 blocks), Palo Alto.
    • Description: Christmas Tree Lane is a tradition in Palo Alto, where residents decorate their homes with beautiful lights and ornaments. It's a great neighborhood to drive or walk through to enjoy the holiday spirit.
    • Dates: Dec 16th-Dec 31st from 5pm to 11pm
    • Cost: Free
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Spirit of the Row - Santana Row

    • Location: Santana Row, San Jose.
    • Description: Every Tuesday in December leading up to Christmas from 6-8pm. Enjoy holiday performances featuring local community groups on the main stage in Santana Row Park.
    • Dates: Tuesday Dec 5th, 12th and 19th from 6-8pm
    • Cost: Free
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Gilroy Gardens North Pole Nights

    • Location: Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, Gilroy
    • Description: Gilroy Gardens is hosting an all new event called North Pole Nights. The whole family will get into the spirit as you explore the wintry wonderland of the North Pole. The immersive experience includes all-new characters, fun live shows, ice skating, a grant feast in Snowflake Square, Santa’s Workshop, magical light display and much more.
    • Dates: Nov 24th to Dec 31st from 5pm -10pm
    • Cost: $55 per person and $20 parking
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