Best Things to do in the South Bay This December

The holiday season is in full swing! December is full of exciting and festive events of all sorts. From a festive concert to a holiday-themed park, you sure don’t want to miss out on all the winter fun. Make December a month to remember!

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Christmas in the Park
christmas in the park sign
Photo: Courtesy of Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park

Now through January 1

When in San Jose for the holidays, it is a must to visit Christmas in the Park. It is a local family-oriented Christmas tradition of lights, trees, and fun exhibits at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, located in downtown San Jose. Walk around and enjoy a variety of holiday fun and hot cocoa. 

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holiday train
Photo: Courtesy of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

December 3-4, 12-13, 17-23

Get festive and hop on the Holiday Lights Train in Santa Cruz. Each weekend in December before Christmas, the Holiday Lights Train will pick up riders at Neptune’s Kingdom on the boardwalk for a 60-minute round-trip holiday excursion. 

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Photo: Courtesy of Montalvo Arts Center

Jake Shimabukuro: Christmas in Hawai’i

December 4

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro will bring joy and a piece of Hawai’i to Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga this December. Shimabukuro will be performing classic holiday songs as well as some originals on his legendary ukulele. 

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santa run
Photo: Courtesy of Santa Run Silicon Valley

2022 Santa Run Silicon Valley

December 11

Get your run on at the 2022 Silicon Valley Santa Run in downtown San Jose. The race will be an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and support SJAspires. All 5k participants will receive a holiday-themed long sleeve race shirt, plus post-race milk and cookies at Christmas in the Park. Plus, the first 100 registrants receive a free Santa suit! All participants have the option to purchase a Santa suit during registration for $10.

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Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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