when does christmas in the park start in san jose

Christmas in the Park that is! Organizers of the San Jose holiday tradition are making plans for a return to normalcy this year while keeping. In 2020, San Jose's annual Christmas In The Park pivoted to a drive-thru model and if you enjoyed that, good news because it will return for. Looking for amusement parks in San Diego? SeaWorld San Diego's Christmas Celebration is the fan-favorite experience that brings families together with.

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'Great tradition': SJ's Christmas in the Park welcomes back guests to beloved downtown event

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The countdown is on. Today we cranked up the Christmas music, grabbed our favorite festive clothing and officially started the holiday season in San Jose.

For more than forty years, the South Bay has done this with Christmas in the Park.

It's now officially re-opened and back at its Downtown location.

"This Downtown event is why we exist," Christmas in the Park Exec. Director Jason Minsky said. "It's our main focus, it's our priority and I'm just so excited to be back."

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2020 was the first year in decades that the park was not fully decorated with Christmas displays for families to visit and enjoy.

Now, it's back and organizers say it's better than ever. There's an all-new inflatable beer and wine garden, a tree so big you can walk through it and much, much more.

Not all is new this year though, the familiar grove of community-decorated Christmas trees returned - 537 to be exact.

Whether it was first time decorators enjoying the sense of community, or people renewing their 10-year tradition with their friends and family, everyone is happy to be back celebrating the holidays as a community once again at Christmas in the Park.

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"It's a place where everybody can come together whether they're walking, biking or taking transit, riding a bike, it's a wonderful gathering place," first-year tree decorator Michael Bueno said.

"It brings a lot of hope and joy to the community," 10-year tree decorator Huy Nguyen said. "For us, it's a sign of getting back to normalcy. We're super grateful and super excited to be part of the event and the great tradition that's going around."

"We've been around for 40-plus years," Minsky said. "The history of the event dates back to the 1950's, so even longer. Generations have grown up with this event and there was never an option to not come back. It was just how we're going to come back and here we are, opening night."

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Christmas in the Park celebrated their re-opening with their annual tree-lighting ceremony featuring city leaders and the big man himself.

It's not just going to be the park this year, there will be a drive-thru event again as a new tradition unfolds.

For those of you that didn’t just jump on the Christmas hype the day after Halloween, @xmasintheparksj will light up it’s 65-foot Christmas tree at 6pm and kick off the season! We’ll have live reports at 5pm and 6pm. Join us! pic.twitter.com/3A6kEzqvrg

— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) November 27, 2021


It will be at Lake Cunningham Park as they have grown out of their History Park location from 2020.

South Bay Great Christmas Light Fight star J.R. Mattos and team created a brand-new drive-thru focused lights synchronized to everyone's favorite Christmas songs.

It runs through the New Year and tickets are on sale now.

For more information on Christmas in the Park, visit their website by clicking here.

Источник: https://abc7news.com/sj-christmas-in-the-park-tree-lighting-san-jose-drive-thru/11272743/

San Jose Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San José at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 39 years, this whimsical walk-through event has brought people from all over the Bay Area together during the holidays.

Each year, the two-acre park is transformed into a holiday fantasy with over 40 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Some of the original displays housed in one of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, include a melting snowman, caroling mice and elf woodcrafters. Guests enter a winter wonderland of lights, songs and local entertainment while strolling through an enchanted forest of trees decorated by San José schools, community groups and businesses.

Christmas in the Park is a non-profit organization that is supported through fundraising efforts and is free to the public. Children can have their photograph taken with Santa, watch nightly entertainment and enjoy holiday themed refreshments.

Источник: https://www.bcvocals.com/events/san-jose-christmas-in-the-park

Let San Jose’s “Christmas in the Park” Get You in the Holiday Spirit

December 16, 2013 / By Kristine D.

San Jose’s Plaza de Caesar Chavez serves many purposes throughout the year. It’s a gathering point, a musical venue, a place where festivals, picnics, and all sorts of fun takes place.  But during the holiday season is when this community green scape becomes truly magical. This is when the plaza becomes Christmas in the Park.

A long held San Jose tradition, the two-acre plot is transformed into a holiday winter wonderland of colorful lights, snowmen, holiday characters, and over 400 Christmas trees decorated by local school children, businesses, and community organizations.  Carolers, gingerbread houses, elves, and a holiday train mingle amongst the festive decorations.  Kids may even spot the cast of Shrek amongst the lights!

For some revelers, this event is a stop on the way to or from the San Jose Ballet production of the Nutcracker, just minutes from the edge of the park. Others will linger around the 60-foot Community Giving Tree listening to school children sing and perform from a stage set among giant gifts at the foot of the tree.

The tradition began with one family’s love of the holiday season. The Lima Family was known for their elaborate Christmas displays.  They began with a nativity scene that Don Lima built himself and erected on the family’s front lawn. Each year he added to his displays and as he did the number of visitors who came to see them grew. Eventually his handcrafted Christmas spirit outgrew his yard and a larger tradition was born. Christmas in the Park opened in downtown San Jose after the Limas donated those displays to the city. Those original decorations are still part of this annual event.

Christmas in the Park --- a nativity scene

In the spirit of the family who started this charming tradition, Christmas in the Park has grown and expanded since moving to the plaza. Here are some of the additions your family will enjoy during a visit:

DOWNTOWN ICE
Located in the Circle of Palms at the steps of the San Jose Museum of Art, Downtown Ice is open from mid-November through early February this year. This outdoor ice rink is a terrific place for families to make lasting holiday memories by introducing youngsters to ice skating.

PHOTO WITH SANTA
Don’t go to the mall to get a little time with Saint Nick! He’s got a photo booth set up and ready to go at the north end of Christmas in the Park! Bring your digital cameras or whip out that smart phone to capture this moment free of charge. Santa and his elves are also running a book drive this year, dropping off a book is a simple way to display the giving spirit of the season.

WINTER WONDERLAND
Part amusement park, part carnival, Winter Wonderland sparks smiles, widens children’s eyes with wonder and is loaded with family fun. It allows glimpses of Christmas in the Park from atop a giant Ferris wheel, an opportunity to play classic carnival games, dodge in and out of fun houses and enjoy treats like cotton candy, churros, candied apples, and the largest loaded hot chocolate you’ve ever seen.

SANTA RUN
A 5k family-friendly run/walk, the Santa Run Silicon Valley is the newest feature of Christmas in the Park. Entrants are encouraged to dress up as a favorite holiday character or tradition. While Santa is the most likely to be seen running through the downtown streets,  a few reindeer,  Christmas trees and other characters can be seen in the mix. The finish line at Christmas in the Park is filled with laughter and Christmas spirit as costumed runners cross the finish line.

the Santa Run Silicon Valley 5k is the newest feature of Christmas in the Park

STAY FOR THE WEEKEND
There’s so much to enjoy around Plaza de Caesar Chavez year round. Holiday festivities aside, the Tech Museum of Innovation is across the street from Christmas in the Park. The Children’s Discovery Museum is just a short walk away. Embrace your family’s artsy side in the city’s SoFA District (South of First Avenue). Make it a weekend stay by booking a room at Hilton San Jose and take in all that downtown San Jose has to offer! For even more fun ideas near San Jose, see my other article, Silicon Valley Tour – Adventures for Geeks of All Ages.

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By Dustin Dorsey

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    SAN JOSE, California (KGO) — Believe it or not, some people are already talking about Christmas. Christmas in the Park that is!

Organizers of the San Jose holiday tradition are making plans for a return to normalcy this year while keeping around some pandemic favorites.

It’s not even officially summer, but the countdown to San Jose’s “Christmas in the Park” is already on.

“We’re here 365 days a year,” Christmas in the Park Executive Director Jason Minsky said about their San Jose warehouse. “It’s where we store all of our displays. In addition, it’s where we construct, renovate and come up with new ideas to offer our guests every year.”

We got a first look at some of their new holiday magic including the renovated Candy Cane Shipping Depot.

“It’s the first project that our new team has worked on together,” Minsky said. “When you push this button, all this activates. We’ve added new lighting, new animatronics, a soundtrack and even smellevision.”

But that’s not the only new thing this year.

In just a few months’ time, everything in this warehouse will be on display at two locations, brand new for 2021.

That includes both the walkthrough and the drive-thru.

A pandemic pivot, the drive thru was so popular that organizers are keeping it around with a few tweaks.

“We’re going to be at Lake Cunningham Park this year,” Minsky said. “Brand new music, brand new lights. The walkthrough, I’m even more excited about. We are adding a 65-foot-tall walkthrough Christmas tree and we’re putting in a 40-foot by 60-foot inflatable beer and wine garden. We’re just excited about everything we’re going to be offering for both our drive-thru and walkthrough events this year.”

“New” isn’t usually what you think of, when talking about a 40-year-old tradition. But, organizers wanted to create something special for guests to enjoy post-pandemic.

“People loved the walkthrough, we got people that said they loved the drive-thru even more,” Minsky said. “So, we’re just really excited to offer both this year.”

The Christmas magic will return to Plaza de Cesar Chavez and Lake Cunningham Park in San Jose this Thanksgiving.

To learn about Christmas in the Park’s key fundraiser, “Christmas in July”, visit their website: christmasinthepark.com

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Источник: https://kyma.com/cnn-regional/2021/06/10/christmas-in-the-park-will-be-all-new-in-2021-display/
  Ellwood City Ledger

ELLWOOD CITY — While others are decorating for Halloween, Sam Pawlowski is decorating for Christmas in the Park, and he has been doing it for 40 years.

He starts the first of October and works four to six hours a day because it is a massive job decorating extensive areas of the park, including the buildings, structures and setting up 16 lighted displays.

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This year, three new small light displays have been added, and the Christmas in the Park Committee has replaced three displays that were at least 10 years old — The fire engine display that had been purchased by the Ellwood City Volunteer Fire Department, McElwain's race car and the North Side PTA's 'Let it Snow' display.

Lighted displays usually cost from $300 to $1,200, but Holy Redeemer paid $2,100 for the elaborate display.

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Before any decorating can begin, Pawlowski spends a day just testing the many strands of lights. This year, Janice Borst of New Castle has been helping him.

"I need help but I don't need a lot of help at one time. Just two or three at a time because I know where everything goes. It is all organized," Pawlowski said.

The Ellwood Borough Electric Department puts up the four arches as it takes four men to do the job.

For about four years, Councilman Caleb Cragle has been helping Pawlowski. When Pawlowski said he just wanted to be the ground crew, Cragle took over the administrative duties that include ordering Christmas trees for Christmas Tree Lane and scheduling volunteers for collecting the donations.

"We ordered 35 trees this year, the most ever. Some are already sold but there is still time to sponsor a tree," Cragle said.    

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Pawlowski begins his decorating by putting up the lights in high places so there is less chance of kids bothering them.

As he was going up and down the ladder, Pawlowski, 84, said, "I don't go up and down as fast as I used to."

He said the fun part is being in the park, putting it all up and seeing people in the park. 

"I see it coming together, looking good. I love it. This is my therapy. I like to do it and then stand back and critique the lights," Pawlowski said. "Taking it down is not so much fun, but I've got a pretty good system so it is all ready to go next year."

Once Christmas in the Park is open, Pawlowski's work isn't done. He comes an hour before opening every evening to turn on the lights, which takes 45 minutes because there are 64 outlets to be turned on. He returns 45 minutes before it closes to go through the same routine in reverse. His first and last stop is at Nico's, where he turns off the sign advertising Christmas in the Park.

"I do it because Ellwood has been good to me. I went to Lincoln High School, my children went to Lincoln High School, and they went on to college and have good jobs. This is a great community so, for me, it is payback time. I thank God I have my health and can do this," Pawlowski said.

Pawlowski recalled that he got involved in decorating the park with his friend Bob Baird, who was also the first Santa for the event. When Baird died in 2016, Pawlowski continued the work alone.

Baird asked his friends, who owns McClymond's Plumbing, if they could store the lights and displays at their building. They said yes and have continued to donate the use of the building for storage. Pawlowski said employees of Reed's Services on Route 65 have been very generous with their time.

In addition to his hard work on Christmas in the Park, Pawlowski serves on the Ellwood City Arts, Crafts, Food & Entertainment Festival Committee, plants and cares for the flowers at Legion Park, and waters the flowers at the borough building.

More: Pawlowski given commendation award for volunteer service

History behind Christmas in the Park

In 1992, Christmas in the Park was created to be the finale to the Ellwood City Centennial celebration, but it took on a life of its own. The elaborate centennial festivities had included dances, lunches, entertainment, a staged production, parades and fireworks.

Dom Viccari, who was working for The Ledger at the time, got the idea for Christmas in the Park when his wife, Mary Ann, returned from a visit to California and told him about a park in San Jose that was decorated for Christmas.

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Viccari presented the idea of Christmas in the Park as the culmination of the yearlong celebration of Ellwood City's 100th anniversary.

Ellwood City Council had to approve the event and there were financial concerns and other details that had to be worked out. After much discussion and planning, it was approved by council, giving them just three weeks to pull it all together – and they did.

"There were obstacles and problems, but there was enough time to pull it off with style," Viccari said.

It was November, and time was short, but enthusiasm was high when more than 30 people showed up for the organizational meeting.

The first Christmas in the Park looked very different than today's mini-Oglebay Festival of Lights. The first was a modest affair with a lot of small-town enthusiasm and community participation.

An electrician was hired to install all the necessary outlets and make sure all the lighting would be safely done. Because the park's restrooms were closed for the winter, they arranged for other facilities.

Marshall Tree Service decorated trees that were 8 feet or taller in the main park area. Ten trees were decorated in addition to smaller trees along Riverside Drive. The Parents Preschool decorated their tree with animal feeders made by the students. The group also donated wooden cutouts of Sesame Street figures that were placed in the park.

For two days, people could drive through the park, and for two days it would be open to pedestrians only.

When it opened, Christmas carols were broadcast through the public address system.

In the main shelter, refreshments were sold by community groups. Special Olympics sold hot chocolate and American Business Women's Association sold doughnuts and cider.

The Lincoln High School Art Club sponsored by teacher Sam Panico and the stage crew created a replica of the North Pole and a Santa's workshop in Trefoil Lodge, and club members portrayed elves and took pictures of the children with Santa Claus. Betty Rouse as Mrs. Santa was also present.

The first and last nights there was entertainment provided by Bette Baney Dancers, Barb Pope Dancers, Lincoln High School Choir, BVM Church Choir, Gospel Joy Belles Plus One and small groups of singers also strolled through the park.

David Smith, president of the Jaycees, volunteered his group to assist with parking and taking donations.

Christmas in the Park has gotten bigger and brighter, grown and changed, but from the beginning, it was decided there would be no charge. Only donations would be accepted, and that has not changed.

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  • Emily Guglielmo of San Rafael and her daughter Taylor carry their choice Christmas tree across the lot at Cousins’ Christmas Trees in Novato, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Grayson Nolan, 3, of Novato and his brother Ethan, 1, visit a goat at Cousins’ Christmas Trees in Novato, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Linnea van den Toorn, co-owner of Cousins' Christmas Trees, works at the lot in Novato, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Jessica Nolan of Novato and her son Grayson, 3, look over Christmas trees together at CousinsÕ Christmas Trees in Novato, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

Christmas trees could be at a premium this year in Marin amid supply chain issues and the effects of extreme heat.

Deann DaSilva, co-owner of Cousins’ Christmas Trees in Novato, said shoppers need to know that the inventory might run out early and shipping costs have been high. She said trees measuring 7 feet and taller will be particularly hard to come by.

“Trucking and transportation is a big, big issue,” DaSilva said. Although the business owns its delivery truck, she said the cost of transporting trees is a major factor for those who must pay for hauling from other states.

“Prices go up every year,” she said, adding this year her business’s prices have increased by about 15%.

John Pronzini, owner of Pronzini Christmas Tree Farms in San Rafael and Greenbrae, said he grows at least 500,000 trees per year and blamed the heat wave for decreasing numbers of trees in Oregon and Washington.

Pronzini estimated that 25% to 30% of trees grown in the Pacific Northwest this year were burned due to excessive temperatures. He said that on days hotter than 100 degrees, trees are green in the morning and red by mid-afternoon.

“The market is short this year, I think retailers will run out early,” he added. “We think we have enough trees to cover the board, but we don’t know.”

DaSilva said, ”Wherever you get your tree, get it early.”

Some Marin shoppers began their search for a tree on Friday as local lots opened.

Christina Shay bought 7-foot noble fir at Cousins’ Christmas Trees. She said she gets a tree there every year.

“They have an amazing selection,” she said.

Jessica Nolan, also shopping at the Novato lot, said her family had its tree delivered last year because of the pandemic. She said it was “really exciting” to be shopping outdoors again.

“I like that it’s not too crowded and there’s a lot of fun things to see here,” she said.

Marin tree lots and hours:

• Cousins’ Christmas Trees, 7416 Redwood Blvd., Novato. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Information: 415-250-6117, cousinschristmastrees.com.

• Don’s Christmas Trees, 399 Entrada Drive, Novato. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Information: 415-382-1231.

• Pronzini Christmas Tree Farms, Bon Air Shopping Center, Greenbrae. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; open until 8 p.m. Sundays. Information: 707-778-3871, pronzinitrees.com.

• Pronzini Christmas Tree Farms, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Information: 707-778-3871, pronzinitrees.com.

• San Rafael High School Christmas tree lot fundraiser, 150 Third St. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday through Dec. 12. Information: sanrafael.srcs.org/treelot.

• Sausalito Farms Christmas Trees, Dunphy Park, Bridgeway and Napa Street. Open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Information: sausalitofarms.com.

Источник: https://www.marinij.com/2021/11/27/where-to-find-christmas-trees-in-marin-this-year/

Christmas in San Francisco: Things to Do this Season Plus Christmas Eve & Day in 2021

Christmas in San Francisco is a magical time. The air is crisp, but warm enough to walk around and explore this beautiful city. I also love this time of year as the city is full of gorgeous holiday lights.

You will find quite a few things to do this holiday season from theater performances to shopping in Union Square or Pier 39. Throughout the season, you can also see Christmas shows including the SF Ballet's Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol.

My insider's guide covers ideas throughout the holiday season as well as dedicated sections for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas in San Francisco

Scroll down to find a full overview of everything you will find this season. You can also jump ahead these two popular sections.

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SF Ballet's Nutcracker

Nutcracker Ballet

Dates: 12/10 - 12/30

Location: War Memorial Opera House

One of the most anticipated events every Christmas in San Francisco is the SF Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker.

This popular show was first performed by the SF Ballet, the oldest ballet company in the US, on Christmas Eve in 1944. Since that time, it's been a holiday tradition here in San Francisco.

In addition to their regular performances, they also have several family performances that are geared more to the younger ones.

All shows are at the War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center District.

>> Tips to attend a performance including what to wear, family-friendly shows and more

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Dates: 11/26 - 12/26

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: Find tickets to all performances

This year, you can catch several performances of A Christmas Carol at the Golden Gate Theater. This classic Christmas in San Francisco show is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Scrooge is a grumpy business owner that has no desire to celebrate Christmas. On Christmas Eve, he's visited by three ghosts that show him important moments in his life including his sad future.

As he wakes on Christmas Day, he is a changed man. He gives his employee a raise and begins to live a life of happiness and generosity.

>> Additional theater performances this season in SF

>> More about SF's theater district

SF Symphony

Symphony in SF

Dates: Most days in December

Location: Davies Symphony Hall

Throughout the month of December, you will find several fun Christmas shows with the SF Symphony.

Top picks this month include Deck the Halls (12/5), Holiday Soul (12/8), and Handel's Messiah (12/10 & 12/11).

Other top shows this Christmas in San Francisco include A Merry-Achi Christmas (12/12), Holiday Gaiety (12/17), A Cool Yule Christmas - Holiday Favorites of Frank & Ella (12/22), and Holiday Brass (12/23). 

>> Find out more about SF Symphony shows

Holiday and Christmas Tree Lighting

Gingerbread House at the Fairmonth

Dates: Throughout the season

This Christmas in San Francisco, you will find plenty of opportunities to experience our annual lights displays. You might even get a chance to attend a tree lighting or other holiday event.

The Union Square Christmas tree will shine bright each night at dusk through the end of the year.

Other top picks include the Pier 39 Christmas Tree and the lighting of City Hall in red and green. 

Other fun displays to check out this year include the Sugar Castle at the Westin St. Francis, the Gingerbread house at the Fairmont on Nob Hill, and Tom & Jerry's display in the Castro.

>> Schedule of this year's tree lighting and other holiday events

>> Full list of places to see Christmas lights this year 

Other Fun Things to Do this Christmas in San Francisco

Christmas Ideas

In addition to all of our Christmas shows and holiday lights displays, you will find several additional fun things to do this Christmas in San Francisco.

Here are just a few of my top picks.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair (Virtual in 2021, Plus a Food Drive Through Option): Take a step back in time at this year's Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Set in Victorian London, it's a chance to celebrate Christmas Eve all season long. The event includes shopping, holiday treats, and entertainment. It runs weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas plus the day after Thanksgiving.

Ice Skating: Head out on the ice this holiday season on one of several rinks in SF and throughout the Bay Area. The most popular spot in SF is in Union Square. Learn more here.

Macy's Windows: Spend some time admiring the Macy's windows this Christmas in San Francisco. They offer up a lovely display ever season. 

Shopping: You will find plenty of places to go shopping this Christmas in San Francisco. Top picks include Union Square, the San Francisco Center, Pier 39, and Chinatown. Find out more about these and other places to shop around SF this holiday season. 

Santa in SF: Santa is coming to town! You will find him all over SF this holiday season including his top stops at Macy's, Japantown, and the SF Zoo. Find out where he plans to greet all of you this holiday season.

Save on Your Stay

The best way to save on your hotel stay is to shop around a little before you book. Here are just a few of the great places to save! Click on the links below to find the best deals in San Francisco for Christmas.

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Christmas Eve in San Francisco 

Christmas Eve SF

Christmas Eve in San Francisco is a special evening. You will find so many fun things to do and several Christmas shows are offering up their final performances. Many of our top attractions are open that day, but many of them close a little early.

In addition, you will find several great places to eat. Some offer a traditional Christmas Eve meal and others allow you to order off the menu. Here are some of the top things to do on Christmas Eve in San Francisco.

Holiday Attraction Schedule for Christmas Eve: Some attractions close early on Christmas Eve, even if they are open the next day. Before you finalize your plans for Christmas Eve Day, make sure to check out the closing times for many of SF's major attractions. Find attraction schedules for this Christmas Eve.

SF Ballet's Nutcracker on Christmas Eve: The San Francisco Ballet performs two shows on Christmas Eve in San Francisco. You can catch their interpretation of The Nutcracker at 11am or 4pm at the War Memorial Opera House. This is one of their most popular performances every year and tickets sell out quickly. If you plan to go to one of these performances, I recommend buying your tickets right away. 

A Christmas Carol: Enjoy this holiday classic with your entire family to celebrate Christmas in San Francisco. This show is performed at the Golden Gate Theater. There are two shows on Christmas Eve. The first is at 1 pm and the second at 7:30 pm. The final showing will be on December 26. Find tickets.

Christmas Eve Dinner Recommendations: Dozens of restaurants in San Francisco open their doors on Christmas Eve. Most offer special menus so you can sit back, relax, and let the chef do all the work. Find a list of the best places to enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner in SF. 

10 Fun Attractions Open on Christmas Day in San Francisco

10 Fun Attractions on Christmas Day

It's easy to find something fun to do this Christmas in San Francisco. You will find dozens of attractions open this holiday. Here are my 10 favorites to visit (some of them are free)! 

1. California Academy of Sciences: Head over to Golden Gate Park to visit one of the top attractions in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences is four museums in one with a 4-story rainforest, aquarium, natural history museum, planetarium, and so much more. Find tickets for Christmas Day.

2. SF Zoo: The San Francisco Zoo is also open on Christmas Day. See lions, tigers, and bears as well as dozens of other interesting animals from around the world. Pick up tickets for Christmas Day.

3. 7D Experience: Another family-friendly option for Christmas Day is the 7D Experience. This part movie, part video game experience is one you will never forget.

4. Botanical Gardens: The Botanical Gardens are one 365 days a year and offer free admission on Christmas Day. They opens at 7:30am with last entry at 4pm on Christmas Day. Learn more about what you will see when you visit.

5. Japanese Tea Garden: Just a few steps away from the Botanical Gardens, you will find the Japanese Tea Gardens. They are also open daily. You can visit the garden free this year if you enter before 10am. More about the Japanese Tea Garden.

6. Golden Gate Bridge: The Golden Gate Bridge is another fun option for Christmas in San Francisco. The walkways open just before sunrise and will stay open to late in the evening. Tips to visit.

7. Painted Ladies of Alamo Square: Another free and open attraction is in Alamo Square. The Painted Ladies of Alamo Square are six identical historic Victorian houses that are a must see during your stay. More about the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square.

8. Contemporary Jewish Museum: The Contemporary Jewish Museum is open all day on Christmas Day. Discover their interesting traveling exhibits on Jewish history, culture and art. More here.

9. Pier 39: You will find several shops and restaurants open on Pier 39 on Christmas in San Francisco. Their large holiday tree will also be on display, so make sure to see it lit up that night too. Find more details here.

10. Lombard Street: My final item on my list of the best attractions at Christmas in San Francisco is Lombard Street. This curvy street welcomes both car and pedestrian traffic all year long. Learn all about it here.

>> Click here for a full Christmas Day schedule of SF's top attractions

5 Top Tours Operating on Christmas Day

Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Even though many attractions close this day, you will still find a number of fun tours running. They range from the standard bay cruise to walking tours around SF's top districts. Here are a few of my favorites that plan to run on Christmas in San Francisco 2021. 

1. Golden Gate Bay Cruise: 60-minute cruise around the SF Bay, departs several times on Christmas in San Francisco between 10am and 3:45pm, Starts at Fisherman's Wharf, sails under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz and many other attractions along the bay, book your tickets today

2. San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour: 3-hour guided tour from Fisherman's Wharf to Sausalito, bike along SF's waterfront and over the Golden Gate Bridge, you can continue biking or explore Sausalito after the tour, ticket includes a ferry ride back to SF from Sausalito, tours offered at both 10am and 1pm on Christmas Day. 

3. Self-Guided Bike Tours: A great way to explore SF on your own, rent a bike and follow one of their self-guided tours...or head out on your own route.

4. Chinatown Walking Tour: Two to three hour walking tour of the famous Chinatown Neighborhood, highlights include a stop at an Herbal Pharmacy, the Fortune Cookie Factory, and a Chinese Temple, walk past and learn more about other historical landmarks throughout the district, tour starts at 10am.

5. GoCar Tours: Cruise around town in a small, two seat yellow Go Car as you explore top attractions, follow their programmed route to see as much as possible in just a few hours, available in several languages. 

Other Ideas for Christmas Day in San Francisco

Christmas Day in SF

Additional fun things to do this Christmas in San Francisco include heading to a restaurant for your holiday meal, seeing our colorful lights displays around town and heading out on a special holiday cruise.

Learn more about these and other fun ideas for Christmas Day.

Lunch & Dinner Recommendations: Many restaurants open on Christmas Day also feature a special menu. Click the link below for my recommendations for your entire family. Where to eat on Christmas Day in SF.

Hornblower Christmas Day Dinner Cruise: This holiday cruise offers a holiday buffet with items such as Oven Roasted Flounder, Hand Carved Oven Roasted Turkey, and Three Cheese Baked Macaroni. You can also pick from a selection of salads, side dishes, and yummy desserts. This 2.5-hour cruise leaves Pier 3 at 4 pm and returns around 6:30 pm. Enjoy views of the SF Bay as you spend the evening with your loved ones. Visit their site for more details and to check for availability.

A Christmas Carol: You will find two performances on stage at the Golden Gate Theater on Christmas Day in San Francisco. The first is at 1 pm and the second is in the evening at 7:30 pm. Find tickets.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass

Many churches throughout San Francisco will offer a Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day Mass. To help you find one, I complied this list of the best churches in the city.

It includes some that you can visit as attractions. Others on the list offer less traditional services. Use it to find the experience you seek during your stay.

Learn More: A list of churches in SF

SF Bay Area Christmas: Shows, Family-Friendly Festivals, and More

Nutcracker Shows

In addition to the San Francisco Ballet's performance, you will find a variety of other performances of the Nutcracker all around the SF Bay. Here are just a few of my top picks.

Oakland Ballet Company (12/18 - 12/19): Graham Lustig's version of The Nutcracker is performed by the Oakland Ballet Company in this 2 hour presentation. It is known for the outstanding dancing, costumes, and the sets that will make your holiday joyous. This performance takes place at the Paramount Theater in downtown Oakland in the SF Bay Area. 

SF Youth Ballet (12/4 & 12/5): This version of the Nutcracker showcases the youth ballet and also other bay area dancers who still enthrall and excite any audience. This 2-hour production is family friendly and a great introduction for children of all ages to this wonderful holiday experience. The SF Youth Ballet Nutcracker runs 2 hours at the Mercy High School Theatre at this Christmas show in San Francisco. Two shows each day at 2 pm and 6 pm. 

Peninsula Ballet Theatre in Redwood City (12/18 & 12/19): Performed at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, this version runs for two hours with an intermission. This show also allows audience members to go on-stage and meet the dancers following each performance. 

San Jose (12/18 - 12/22): Another south bay presentation of The Nutcracker is located at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose. It's performed alongside a professional orchestra and is one you will not want to miss.

Christmas Shows Around the SF Bay

A Christmas Carol in Walnut Creek (12/9 - 12/23): Located in the East Bay city of Walnut Creek, Center REP's version of A Christmas Carol is a treat for children of all ages. Performed at the Lesher Center for the Arts' Hofmann Theater.

The Velveteen Rabbit (12/4 - 12/12): Local dance company ODC brings to life this wonderful tale about a little boy who is given a toy rabbit. The rabbit doll wants to be a rabbit in real life, but this is only possible by being the boys favorite toy. 

Luckily for the rabbit, the boy loves him and a fairy allows the Velveteen rabbit to become a real rabbit who lives in the forest. This family friendly show is performed at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. 

Smuin's The Christmas Ballet (12/16 - 12/26): This nontraditional holiday presentation will give you dancing clad in all white outfits as they glide on stage to jazz, funk during the first act.

The second part of this 2-hour presentation includes the red-clad dancers moving to cool tunes like "White Christmas", "Baby, It's Cold Outside", "Santa Baby", and other favorites. Make sure not to miss this special ballet at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. 

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies Around the SF Bay

Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony (12/11): The Oakland waterfront is the site for this annual event which has a 55 foot tree with over 5,000 lights and more than 600 ornaments on it. 

You will be entertained by local musicians, check out pop-up shops, and be able to meet Santa as he gets ready to ring in the SF Bay Area Christmas season. This holiday event starts at 5 pm and ends at 8 pm.

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek (TBD): For those visitors that are in the East Bay, the Broadway Plaza's annual Holiday Parade of Lights is a perfect way to usher in the Christmas season.

The parade starts at 7 pm with Santa coming along to light the tree. You are welcome to stay afterwards and stroll and enjoy the festivities. The Holiday Parade of Lights starts at 6 pm and ends at 9 pm.

Christmas in the Park in San Jose (Starts 11/26): Held the day after Thanksgiving, this tree lighting is located in downtown San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez. 

Santa will arrive and light the tree as part of this event.

You can then enjoy the park through the holiday season.

Alameda Tree Lighting Ceremony (TBD): Located at the Alameda City Hall, this tree lighting and celebration includes live entertainment by the Oakland Youth Choir, Alameda Community Band, The Dancing Christmas Trees, and many more.

Some of the activities that kids of all ages include candy canes for kids and a visit for Santa Claus. Live entertainment starts at 4:30 pm and the tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:30.

Sunnyvale Holiday Tree Lighting (TBD): This family friendly event in the South Bay city of Sunnyvale will give everyone the Christmas spirit and a chance to take a photo with Santa Claus. The entertainment starts at 5 pm and goes until 7:30 pm. All activities are on Historic Murphy Avenue in downtown Sunnyvale.

SF Bay Area Christmas Festivals

Winterfest at Great America (11/26 - 1/2): California's Great America in Sunnyvale is the home to one of the largest winter festivals in the SF Bay Area. With loads of rides for kids of all ages, giant toy soldiers, and featuring over 7 million LED lights, this event is sure to amaze everyone in your family. This event starts at 5 pm and ends at 10 pm. Find tickets at a discount on Goldstar.

Alameda Lantern Light Festival (TBD): This is one of a kind SF Bay Area Christmas event is located at the Alameda County Fairgrounds and focuses on the traditional Chinese lantern festival but is updated for today's time. Each huge lantern takes over 4 weeks to build with a team of at least 7 people. Each lantern are handmade from cloth and look like 3-D stained glass pieces of art. This is definitely a must see if you are in the East Bay.

Los Gatos Fantasy of Lights (12/4 & 12/5 + 12/7 - 12/30): The annual Fantasy of Lights gives you the chance to walk through a park full of music, food trucks, photo booths, and of course Santa Claus! Both nights of this event starts at 4 pm and runs until 9 pm. Everyone attending this event must buy a ticket including kids of any age.

In addition to the walk through event, they are also hosting a drive through event from 12/7 - 12/30. This event allows you to experience the Fantasy of Lights from the safety of your car. It runs from 6 pm to 10 pm and is closed on Christmas Day.

Winterfest Sausalito (TBD): The gorgeous Marin county city of Sausalito is home to the beloved Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks extravaganza. This SF Bay Area Christmas will let you see the magical lighted boat parade on Saturday night, and you can visit a special after party. If you are in the mood for a little exercise, then do a 5k run on Sunday followed by a special brunch. The boat parade starts at 6 pm with fireworks at 7:15 on Saturday night. The Jingle Bell 5K run starts at 8:30 am with the kids fun run starting at 9:15 am.

Decemberfest, Craft Beer Night at the Guardsman Tree Lot (TBD): If some adult libations are more your thing during this SF Bay Area Christmas, then this will be the celebration for you. Located at San Francisco's beautiful Fort Mason, you will be able to taste some of the best local brews while also sampling delicious German food including bratwurst and delectables. This beer fest starts at 6 pm and ends at 10 pm.

SF Bay Area Craft Fairs

San Jose Holiday Craft Fair (11/26 - 11/28): This fair celebrates Christmas by giving you a chance to buy all your holiday gifts while enjoying lots of free special events and handcrafted arts that everyone in your family will enjoy. It's at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Mill Valley Maker's Market (TBD): Over thirty local artists display their wares while musicians play music as you enjoy walking around the Mill Valley Lumber Yard. You can just look at all the beautiful pieces of art such as glassware, ceramics, jewelry and more, or you can purchase some if you like. This festival starts at 10 am and ends at 5 pm.

SF Made Holiday Fair (TBD): The California College of the Arts in San Francisco is home to the this event which is home to over 60 vendors from the SF Bay Area. You will be able to purchase all your holiday gifts including toys, holiday cards, jewelry, decorations, and much more. The Holiday Fair starts at 11 am and finishes at 5 pm.

Santana Row Holiday Maker's Market (TBD): If you are in the south SF Bay Area during the holiday season, then this is the perfect event to get all your holiday shopping done in just one day. Located at the gorgeous Santana Row Park with over 30 local artists and their wares, you will also enjoy live music and complimentary wine and small bites. This event beings at 10 am and will end at 6 pm.

Saint Lawrence Holiday Market (TBD): Get ready to shop until you drop at this event as you can find pop-up shops, delicious drinks, foods, and take photos with Santa during your time here. Kids of all ages will enjoy this wonderful market starting at 9 am and ending at 3 pm located in the south SF Bay Area city of Santa Clara.

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    SAN JOSE, California (KGO) — Believe it or not, some people are already talking about Christmas. Christmas in the Park that is!

Organizers of the San Jose holiday tradition are making plans for a return to normalcy this year while keeping around some pandemic favorites.

It’s not even officially summer, but the countdown to San Jose’s “Christmas in the Park” is already on.

“We’re here 365 days a year,” Christmas in the Park Executive Director Jason Minsky said about their San Jose warehouse. “It’s where we store all of our displays. In addition, it’s where we construct, renovate and come up with new ideas to offer our guests every year.”

We got a first look at some of their city bank around me holiday magic including the renovated Candy Cane Shipping Depot.

“It’s the first project that our new team has worked on together,” Minsky said. “When you push this button, all this activates. We’ve added new lighting, new animatronics, a soundtrack and even smellevision.”

But that’s not the only new thing this year.

In just a few months’ time, everything in this warehouse will be on display at two locations, brand new for 2021.

That includes both the walkthrough and the drive-thru.

A pandemic pivot, the drive thru was so popular that organizers are keeping it around with a few tweaks.

“We’re going to be at Lake Cunningham Park when does christmas in the park start in san jose year,” Minsky said. “Brand new music, brand new lights. The walkthrough, I’m even more excited about. We are adding a 65-foot-tall walkthrough Christmas tree and we’re putting in when does christmas in the park start in san jose 40-foot by 60-foot inflatable beer and wine garden. We’re just excited about everything we’re going to be offering for both our drive-thru and walkthrough events this year.”

“New” isn’t usually what you think of, when talking about a 40-year-old tradition. But, organizers wanted to create something special for guests to enjoy post-pandemic.

“People loved the walkthrough, we got people that said they loved the drive-thru even more,” Minsky said. “So, we’re just really excited to offer both this year.”

The Christmas magic will return to Plaza de Cesar Chavez and Lake Cunningham Park in San Jose this Thanksgiving.

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Christmas in the Park already suffering from Santa shortage

Christmas in the Park suffers from Santa shortage

San Jose's Christmas in the Park is in jeopardy because organizers say it is difficult to find enough workers to act as Santa Claus in the annual holiday tradition.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A beloved holiday tradition in the South Bay is not immune to the labor shortage. Christmas in the Park is in desperate need of more Santas. Many of the regulars have expressed concerns about COVID.

In a little more than a month, Christmas in the Park will again return to an in-person event at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park in San Jose. Organizers worry there might not always be a Santa around to greet children.

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Christmas in the Park will return to its original form of a free walk-thru event in the plaza. Last year’s drive-thru event at Lake Cunningham Park will remain.

It’s two ways for families to celebrate the holiday, which means the need for more Santas. Organizers said this year Santas are hard to come by.

"This year because we are still in COVID, visits with Santa Claus is something we are struggling with and one of the things we are struggling with is actually getting Santa at Christmas in the Park," said the group's Executive Director Jason Minsky.

The nonprofit’s executive director said this year Santas who typically volunteer their time are choosing not to return.

"Their fear is they are going to be around unvaccinated children," said Minsky. "By that time, even though it's a couple months away, we are going to be in a stage the kids will not all be vaccinated."

KTVU spoke to one Santa who received his booster shot and said despite that added protection, he’ll feel safe behind a plexiglass shield.

Fears of the coronavirus and these unprecedented times are leading to labor shortages everywhere.

Over at Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose, there’s a hiring sign on almost every storefront as the holiday shopping season ramps up. New restaurant iChina is looking to hire 50 staff members.

"We are anticipating a crowd absolutely I think people have been waiting to dine out," said iChina Marketing Director Jean Francisco. "It can be a little difficult especially because of Covid obviously and people going back to school," said Francisco.

Making people feel safe is everyone’s priority. Back at Christmas in the Park, the visiting Santa experience will only take place outdoors as opposed to an enclosed space like years past.

"We don’t want to let people down, we want people to come and have an enjoyable experience," said Minsky.

Orientation for the Santa program is this Saturday. The nonprofit needs at least 15 more Santas. If you are interested, you can contact Christmas in the Park Executive Director Jason Minsky at [email protected].

Azenith Smith is a reporter for KTVU.  Email Azenith at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @AzenithKTVU or Facebook or ktvu.com

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Let San Jose’s “Christmas in the Park” Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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San Jose’s Plaza de Caesar Chavez serves many purposes throughout the year. It’s a phone number to jcpenney credit card services point, a musical venue, a place where festivals, picnics, and all sorts of fun takes place.  But during the holiday season is when this community green scape becomes truly magical. This is when the plaza becomes Christmas in the Park.

A long held San Jose tradition, the two-acre plot is transformed into a holiday winter wonderland of colorful lights, snowmen, holiday characters, and over 400 Christmas trees decorated by local school children, businesses, and community organizations.  Carolers, gingerbread houses, elves, and a holiday train mingle amongst the festive decorations.  Kids may even spot the cast of Shrek amongst the lights!

For some revelers, this event is a stop on the way to or from the San Jose Ballet production of the Nutcracker, just minutes from the edge of the park. Others will linger around the 60-foot Community Giving Tree listening to school children sing and perform from a stage set among giant gifts at the foot of the tree.

The tradition began with one family’s love of the holiday season. The Lima Family was known for their elaborate Christmas displays.  They began with a nativity scene that Don Lima built himself and erected on the family’s front lawn. Each year he when does christmas in the park start in san jose to his displays and as he did the number of visitors who came to see them grew. Eventually his handcrafted Christmas spirit outgrew his yard and a larger tradition was born. Christmas in the Park opened in downtown San Jose after the Limas donated those displays to the city. Those original decorations are still part of this annual event.

Christmas in the Park --- a nativity scene

In the spirit of the family who started this charming when does christmas in the park start in san jose, Christmas in the Park has grown and expanded since moving to the plaza. Here are some of the additions your family will enjoy during a visit:

DOWNTOWN ICE
Located in the Circle of Palms at the steps of the San Jose Museum of Art, Downtown Ice is open from mid-November through early February this year. This outdoor ice rink is a terrific place for families to make lasting holiday memories by introducing youngsters to ice skating.

PHOTO WITH SANTA
Don’t go to the mall to get a little time with Saint Nick! He’s got a photo booth set up and ready to go at the north end of Christmas in the Park! Bring your digital cameras or whip out that smart phone to capture this moment free of charge. Santa and his elves are also running a book drive this year, dropping off a book is a simple way to display the giving spirit of the season.

WINTER WONDERLAND
Part amusement park, part carnival, Winter Wonderland sparks smiles, widens children’s eyes with wonder and is loaded with family fun. It allows glimpses of Christmas in the Park from atop a giant Ferris wheel, an opportunity to play classic carnival games, dodge in and out of fun houses and enjoy treats like cotton candy, churros, candied apples, and the largest loaded hot chocolate you’ve ever seen.

SANTA RUN
A 5k family-friendly run/walk, the Santa Run Silicon Valley is the newest feature of Christmas in the Park. Entrants are encouraged to dress up as a favorite holiday character or tradition. While Santa is the most likely to be seen running through the downtown streets,  a few reindeer,  Christmas trees and other characters can be seen in the mix. The finish line at Christmas in the Park is filled with laughter and Christmas spirit as costumed runners cross the finish line.

the Santa Run Silicon Valley 5k is the newest feature of Christmas in the Park

STAY FOR THE WEEKEND
There’s so much to enjoy around Plaza de Caesar Chavez year round. Holiday festivities aside, the Tech Museum of Innovation is across the street from Christmas in the Park. The Children’s Discovery Museum is just a short walk away. Embrace your family’s artsy side in the city’s SoFA District (South of First Avenue). Make it a weekend stay by booking a room at Hilton San Jose and take in all that downtown San Jose when does christmas in the park start in san jose to offer! For even more fun ideas near San Jose, see my other article, Silicon Valley Tour – Adventures for Geeks of All Ages.

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Ellwood man gives back to community by decorating park for Christmas


By Louise Carroll Special to the Ledger 

'Great tradition': SJ's Christmas in the Park welcomes back guests to beloved downtown event

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The countdown is on. Today we cranked up the Christmas music, grabbed our favorite festive clothing and officially started the holiday season in San Jose.

For more than forty years, the South Bay has done this with Christmas in the Park.

It's now officially re-opened and back at its Downtown location.

"This Downtown event is why we exist," Christmas in the Park Exec. Director Jason Minsky said. "It's our main focus, it's our priority and I'm just so excited to be back."

RELATED: SJ's Christmas in the Park in need of volunteers for 2021 season

2020 was the first year in decades that the park was not fully decorated with Christmas displays for families to visit and enjoy.

Now, it's back and organizers say it's better than ever. There's an all-new inflatable beer and wine garden, a tree so big you can walk through it and much, much more.

Not all is new this year though, the familiar grove of community-decorated Christmas trees returned - 537 to be exact.

Whether it was first time when does christmas in the park start in san jose enjoying the sense of community, or people renewing their 10-year tradition with their friends and family, everyone is happy to be back celebrating the holidays as a community once again at Christmas in the Park.

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"It's a place where everybody can come together whether they're walking, biking or taking transit, riding a bike, it's a wonderful gathering place," first-year tree decorator Michael Bueno said.

"It brings a lot of hope and joy to the community," 10-year tree decorator Huy Nguyen said. "For us, it's a sign of getting back to normalcy. We're super grateful and super excited to be part of the event and the great tradition that's going around."

"We've been around for 40-plus years," Minsky said. "The history of the event dates back to the 1950's, so even longer. Generations have grown up with this event and there was never an option to not come back. It was just how american express savings app ios going to come back and here we are, opening night."

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Christmas in the Park celebrated their re-opening with their annual tree-lighting ceremony featuring city leaders and the big man himself.

It's not just going to be the park this year, there will be a drive-thru event again as a new tradition unfolds.

For those of you that didn’t just jump on the Christmas hype the day after Halloween, @xmasintheparksj will light up it’s 65-foot Christmas tree at 6pm and kick off the season! We’ll have live reports at 5pm and 6pm. Join us! pic.twitter.com/3A6kEzqvrg

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It will be at Lake Cunningham Park as they have grown out of their History Park location from 2020.

South Bay Great Christmas Light Fight star J.R. Mattos and team created a brand-new drive-thru focused lights synchronized to everyone's favorite Christmas songs.

It runs through the New Year and tickets are on sale now.

For more information on Christmas in the Park, visit their website by clicking here.

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  Ellwood City Ledger

ELLWOOD CITY — While others are decorating for Halloween, Sam Pawlowski is decorating for Christmas in the Park, and he has been doing it for 40 years.

He starts the first of October and works four to six hours a day because it is a massive job decorating extensive areas of the park, including the buildings, structures and setting up 16 lighted displays.

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This year, three new small light displays have been added, when does christmas in the park start in san jose the Christmas in the Park Committee has replaced three displays that were at least 10 years old — The fire engine display that had been purchased by the Ellwood City Volunteer Fire Department, McElwain's race car and the North Side PTA's 'Let it Snow' display.

Lighted displays usually cost from $300 to $1,200, but Holy Redeemer paid $2,100 for the elaborate display.

Commended: Ellwood City council gives commendation to resident Sam Pawlowski

Before any decorating can begin, Pawlowski spends a day just testing the many strands of lights. This year, Janice Borst of New Castle has been helping him.

"I need help but I don't need a lot of help east boston savings bank east boston hours one time. Just two when does christmas in the park start in san jose three at a time because I know where everything goes. It is all organized," Pawlowski said.

The Ellwood Borough Electric Department puts up the four arches as it takes four men to do the job.

For about four years, Councilman Caleb Cragle has been helping Pawlowski. When Pawlowski said he just wanted to be the ground crew, Cragle took over the administrative duties that include ordering Christmas trees for Christmas Tree Lane and scheduling volunteers for collecting the donations.

"We ordered 35 trees this year, the most ever. Some are already sold but there is still time to sponsor a tree," Cragle said.    

Last year: Let there be fun: Ellwood City lights event set for Saturday

Pawlowski begins his decorating by putting up the lights in high places so there is less chance of kids bothering them.

As he was going up and down the ladder, Pawlowski, 84, said, "I don't go up and down as fast as I used to."

He said the fun part is being in the park, putting it all up and seeing people in the park. 

"I see it coming together, looking good. I love it. This is my therapy. I like to do it and then stand back and critique the lights," Pawlowski said. "Taking it down is not so much fun, but I've got a pretty good system so it is all ready to go next year."

Once Christmas in the Park is open, Pawlowski's work isn't done. He comes an hour before opening every evening to turn on the lights, which takes 45 minutes because there are 64 outlets to be turned on. He returns 45 minutes before it closes to go through the same routine in reverse. His first and last stop is at Nico's, where he turns off the sign advertising Christmas in the Park.

"I do it because Ellwood has been good to me. I went to Lincoln High School, my children went to Lincoln High School, and they went on to college and have good jobs. This is a great community so, for me, it is payback time. I thank God I have my health and can do this," Pawlowski said.

Pawlowski recalled that he got involved in decorating the park with his friend Bob Baird, who was also the first Santa for the event. When Baird died in 2016, Pawlowski continued the work alone.

Baird asked his friends, who owns McClymond's Plumbing, if they could store the lights and displays at their building. They said yes and have continued to donate the use of the building for storage. Pawlowski said employees of Reed's Services on Route 65 have been very generous with their time.

In addition to his hard work on Christmas in the Park, Pawlowski serves on the Ellwood City Arts, Crafts, Food & Entertainment Festival Committee, plants and cares for the flowers at Legion Park, and waters the flowers at the borough building.

More: Pawlowski given commendation award for volunteer service

History behind Christmas in the Park

In 1992, Christmas in the Park was created to be the finale to the Ellwood City Centennial celebration, but it took on a life of its own. The elaborate centennial festivities had included dances, lunches, entertainment, a staged production, parades and fireworks.

Dom Viccari, who was working for The Ledger at the time, got the idea for Christmas in the Park when his wife, Mary Ann, returned from a visit to California and told him about a park in San Jose that was decorated for Christmas.

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Viccari presented the idea of Christmas in the Park as the culmination of the yearlong celebration of Ellwood City's 100th anniversary.

Ellwood City Council had to approve the event and there were financial concerns and other details that had to be worked out. After much discussion and planning, it was approved by council, giving them just three weeks to pull it all together – and they did.

"There were obstacles and problems, but there was enough time to pull it off with style," Viccari said.

It was November, and time was short, but enthusiasm was high when more than 30 people showed up for the organizational meeting.

The first Christmas in the Park looked very different than today's mini-Oglebay Festival of Lights. The first was a modest affair with a lot of small-town enthusiasm and community participation.

An electrician was hired to install all the necessary outlets and make sure all the lighting would be safely done. Because the park's restrooms were closed for the winter, they arranged for other facilities.

Marshall Tree Service decorated trees that were 8 feet or taller in the main park area. Ten trees were decorated in addition to smaller trees along Riverside Drive. The Parents Preschool decorated their tree with animal feeders made by the students. The group also donated wooden cutouts of Sesame Street figures that were placed in the park.

For two days, people could drive through the park, and for two days it would be open to pedestrians only.

When it opened, Christmas carols were broadcast through the public address system.

In the main shelter, refreshments were sold by community groups. Special Olympics sold hot chocolate and American Business Women's Association sold doughnuts and cider.

The Lincoln High School Art Club sponsored by teacher Sam Panico and the stage crew created a replica of the North Pole and a Santa's workshop in Trefoil Lodge, and club members portrayed elves and took pictures of the children with Santa Claus. Betty Rouse as Mrs. Santa was also present.

The first and last nights there was entertainment provided by Bette Baney Dancers, Barb Pope Dancers, Lincoln High School Choir, BVM Church Choir, Gospel Joy Belles Plus One and small groups of singers also strolled through the park.

David Smith, president of the Jaycees, volunteered his group to assist with parking and taking donations.

Christmas in the Park has gotten bigger and brighter, grown and changed, but from the beginning, it was decided there would be no charge. Only donations would be accepted, and that has not changed.

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