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Christmas in the Park 2019-2020

A beautiful holiday tradition in San Jose

Christmas in the Park in San Francisco 2019 - Best Time
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Paulo Philippidis

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 and many souvenir and treats shops. The holiday fantasy lasts from the last week of November until late December and attracts about 700,000 spectators. The admission is free.

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 winter wonderland. The festival program starts at 9 am and runs until midnight daily.

Christmas in the Park in San Francisco - Best Season 2019

Other attractions nearby include an ice rink and about a dozen various rides for children, like a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and train.