Downtown has it all going on!
San Jose's annual holiday activity is back! Come to Downtown Ice to have fun on the ice under the twinkling lights. http://www.downtownicesj.com/Find out more »
Winter Wonderland brings the holiday spirit into town with carnival rides, food, games and more. http://www.winterwonderlandsj.com/Find out more »
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. Come celebrate the holidays with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Free. https://www.christmasinthepark.com/default.aspxFind out more »
This holiday season, VTA’s Holly Trolley is offering free rides from Nov. 23 to Dec. 30! Bring the whole family and enjoy a festive ride to your favorite downtown San Jose destinations, while writing letters to Santa and enjoying holiday music on the way. http://www.vta.org/trolleyFind out more »
Join San Jose Made (SJMADE) and hundreds of craft makers, food producers, artists, designers, emerging brands and small businesses for this year's San Jose Craft Holiday Fair! Free. http://www.sanjosemade.com/san-jose-craft-holiday-fair-2018Find out more »
Bring the entire family to see a talented ensemble of youth performers tackle Motown, big band, and rock ’n roll versions of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Frosty The Snowman”, “Deck The Halls”, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and much more in this 45-minute one-act musical. Following each performance, the cast will host Imagination Stations and lead activities with the audience including a meet-and-greet with Santa and his elves, holiday card-making, cookie decorating and more. $20. https://3belowtheaters.com/events/santastic-2/Find out more »
San José Dance Theatre is proud to present the 53rd production of The Nutcracker, which will capture your imagination and transport you to a magical world of brave toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes and more. The Cambrian Symphony’s 52-piece orchestra will be masterfully led by conductor Scott Johannes Krijnen. $38-$90. https://www.sjdt.org/nutcracker-performance/Find out more »
The San Jose Nutcracker is a two-act classical ballet production in a winter wonderland presided over by the Queen of Snow as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince begin a fantastic journey. $19-$56. 'https://hammertheatre.com/event/the-san-jose-nutcracker/2018-12-14/Find out more »
An exciting 2018 celebration of the sounds of swing and holiday songs done big band style, this show features a cast of singers and dancers – and a different big band each weekend — performing songs like It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Winter Wonderland, and String of Pearls to name just a few. $38-$48. https://www.tabardtheatre.org/box-office/tickets/?eid=20762Find out more »
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All of the Bay Area’s major roads lead to downtown San Jose. And finding parking is easy in a ParkSJ garage.
Downtown is also the hub for Light Rail and VTA bus systems. A free shuttle (the DASH) runs through downtown and to Diridon Station, with its Caltrain, Amtrak and ACE service. The Mineta San Jose International Airport is only 10 minutes away.
Use the City of San Jose’s Interactive Map to find the way around downtown.