Christmas in the Park – San Jose, California

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Christmas in the Park 
San Jose California

For the past two years, Heroes and Villains Fan Fest\’s (now called Fan Fest Events) San Jose, California convention was held the first weekend in December.  This coincided with the annual Christmas in the Park festivities held in the Plaza del Cesar Chavez park.   One thing to know about me is my absolute love for Christmas trees and lights.  There are approximately 500 Christmas trees decorated by local elementary students, high school students, Girl Scout groups, and businesses.   There are also animatronic displays with the trees.  I’m only posting a few photos of the many displays and trees on display at Christmas in the Park in 2018.
An upside down Stranger Things themed tree

There are plenty of vendors for purchasing merchandise and food and drinks.  While not run by the Christmas in the Park group, there is also an ice rink for skating and carnival rides near the park.  The carnival rides and ice rink are not run by Christmas in the Park and do require their own fees. I’ve recently begun collecting pressed pennies so I make sure to collect the Christmas in the Park pennies when the past two years that I’ve attended.   

One side of the Wreck It Ralph themed display
There are times when Santa is there for photos as well as live performances on the stage.  Christmas in the Park is free (remember, the carnival rides and ice rink are run by their own organizations/companies), but they do collect donations to keep the event going for future years.   Christmas in the Park is a non-profit organization with only 3 full time employees and a board of directors.  The event itself requires paid seasonal help and many volunteers.  You can find more information about the Christmas in the Park organization and its events here.

One side of the Wreck It Ralph themed display

One side of the Wreck It Ralph themed display
One side of the Wreck It Ralph themed display

There doesn’t appear to be a Fan Fest convention happening in San Jose this year, so I may go to San Jose just to see Christmas in the Park this year.  It’s become one of my favorite things to do at Christmas time.  It’s truly wonderful to walk around looking at all of the decorated trees and displays while drinking a delicious hot cocoa or munching on cotton candy or kettle corn.  Christmas in the Park runs from the Friday after Thanksgiving until January 1st each year.   Be sure to dress warmly and bring a camera for all of the wonderful photo ops available at Christmas in the Park.

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