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Top 5 Favorite Bay Area Holiday Events!

December 05 2018
December 05 2018
Top 5 Favorite Bay Area Holiday Events

The holiday season is finally upon us, and the lights, trees, and cheer are all over. There is no better time of the year to be with our closest friends, family and loved ones and enjoy all the holiday season has to offer. Here is a list of our Top 5 Favorite Bay Area Holiday Events. Our kids' personal pick this year is the ice skating rink in Downtown San Jose. They've never been, so we're excited to see how they like it.

Enjoy and happiest holiday wishes, Kevin and Pelin

Downtown San Jose Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park: This Downtown San Jose annual classic is not one to miss, especially in 2018. There are 600 Guiness World Record breaking lit trees throughout the park! There are opportunities to get your picture taken with Santa, iceskate underneath the palm trees at Downtown Ice and finish up the festive fun with ... This event runs from November 23rd to Christmas Day, December 25th in Downtown San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Be sure to check out their calendar for special events throughout the month! Image courtesy of Ray Wei.

Vasona Fantasy of Lights

20th Annual Fantasy of Lights: This go-to in Vasona Park began on November 23rd and will go through December 31st from 6PM - 10PM. There are walk-through (only December 1st and 2nd!) and drive-through options to view the spectacular array of lights! Just a reminder that admission is with prepaid tickets only, which you can buy by going to their website. Image courtesy of LiPo Ching and San Jose Mercury News.

Lego Exhibit

Annual Holiday Lego Exhibit: Now this one is interesting and would appeal to the younger creative in your family! The Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto will host their annual BayLUG Holiday Show featuring Lego this year on Fridays-Sundays, December 7th to January 13th. There are trains, an amusement park, Christmas displays and more to be seen! And here’s the bonus: admission is only $3 per person! When you’re done looking at the display, then spend some time at their other exhibits. Image courtesy of Steve Parmley.

San Francisco Union Square

Union Square: If you want to head up to the city for some festivities, be sure to check out the ever-so-popular Union Square! There is the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink with the Macy’s Christmas tree overlooking. While you’re skating, you can see the 33,000 twinkling LED lights! The rink is open daily from November 7th, 2018 to January 21st, 2019.
If you’re celebrating Hanukkah, then this is for you! There is a 25-foot-tall mahogany Menorah that was built by the late Bill Graham, the well-known Bay Area concert promoter. A candle is lit each day of the Jewish festival of light. For the kiddos, there are songs, readings, arts and crafts and other various activities for them to enjoy. Courtesy photo from official site.

Dickens Fair

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair: This special event takes place at the San Francisco Cow Palace from November 17th to December 23rd, 2018 from 10AM - 7PM daily. This six week long Christmas extravaganza is a one-of-a-kind event that takes you back to Victorian London. Just imagine an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with guests! Image courtesy of Rich Yee.

We hope that you go out and explore all that our fantastic area has to offer this joyful holiday season! We sure will!


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