Every year, Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose transforms into a Christmas village with thousands of sparkling lights, over 60 musical and animated exhibits, and the 60-foot (20 m) Community Giving Tree. Overall, there are more than 500 Christmas trees in the park decorated by local schools, many souvenirs, and treats shops. The holiday fantasy lasts from the last week of November until late December and attracts about 700,000 spectators. Admission is free. Plaza de Cesar Chavez is a celebration that makes Christmas in San Jose unforgettable.
One of the main highlights of the festival is the Lima Train, which includes a snowman, caroling mice, and elf wood-crafters. Spectators can enjoy music and carols, strolling through an enchanted forest of the winter wonderland. The festival program starts at 9 am and runs until midnight daily.
Santa is usually available at Plaza de César Chávez from November 25 until December 24. Other attractions nearby include an ice rink and about a dozen various rides for children, like a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and train.
Drive Thru Light Show (November 29, 2023–January 1, 2024)
Recently, the organizers debuted a new drive-through experience with over 200,000 synchronized lights, illuminating 12 different themed lands. This larger-than-life drive-through takes place at History Park in San Jose. The general admission is $35 per vehicle.