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Featured Events 

Downtown for the Holidays

San Jose’s holiday season is in full swing. Keep up to date with Downtown for the Holidays by visiting a full list of event dates and times.

Thursday – Third Thursday: Holiday Music – Youth Ensemble Success (YES), the young musicians of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society, performs and the galleries and museum store are open. 5-8pm, $5 after 5pm, San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St., (408) 271-6840,

Friday — Winterdance Celtic Christmas Show — Yuletide music, song and dance.  7:30 p.m. Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. Second St. $20 – $24.

Saturday through Jan. 4 – Build It! A Holiday WorkshopVisitors can build a snowman even though it doesn’t snow in downtown San Jose.  No matter the concept, find fun building materials at the Holiday Workshop. The Snow Queen and her Princess sister will also be on hand. 6-8:30pm, $5-$17, Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, (408) 298-5437,

Through Dec. 28 – Ballet San Jose presents “The Nutcracker” – This ballet classic returns with nearly 100 performers, as well as  Paul Kelly sets and costumes by Broadway legend Theoni V. Aldredge. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King offers excellent dancing and seasonal charm. $25-$110, 7pm Fridays, 1:30 and 7pm Saturdays, 1:30pm Sundays, 1:30 and 7pm Dec. 23 (Tuesday), San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.,

Through Jan 11 Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice – Ice skating at the Downtown Ice rink at Circle of Palms in the heart of downtown San Jose. $13-$17, for more info visit

Through Jan. 4 – Winter Wonderland – From the giant gondola towering ten stories to the classic carousel, this festive arcade of rides and attractions is open during the holiday season. $3.50 per ride or $15 for an all day unlimited ride pass, Paseo de San Antonio between Market and Second Streets and Park Ave. between Market St. and Almaden Blvd., for operating hours and more info,

Through Jan. 1 – Christmas in the Park –Each year, the two-acre park is transformed into a Christmas atmosphere with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Free to public, 101 W. Santa Clara St.,

  • Wednesday – Movie Night – Come enjoy family-friendly Christmas movies on the main stage every Wednesday night at 6pm. This weeks film: White Christmas. Dec. 24: Miracle on 34th Street and Dec. 31: Frozen.

On going – Shop Local – Check out downtown’s special pop-up shops and existing retail for those last minute holiday gifts.

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This week’s events        

Stage and Concerts 

Thursday – MythBusters Behind the Myths Tour – The co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters,Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, put on their all-new, live stage show MythBusters Behind the Myths. The event includes an evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. 8pm, $55-$65, City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St.,

Saturday – YaoYong Dance Gala – YaoYong Dance original Chinese dances by Artistic Director, Yong Yao. Yao’s artistic works encompass breadth and depth of Chinese dances that relive history, praise the wonder of nature and tell a story from a gentle soul. 7:30pm, $20-$40, California Theatre, 345 S. First St.,

Saturday – WAR and Tower of Power – Multi-platinum-selling WAR, the original street band, co-headlines with the original “Oakland style” soul music band, Tower of Power, for a one-time exclusive performance. 7:30pm, $37-$67, City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St.,

Wednesday-Tuesday – Comedy at the ImprovKabir “Kabeezy” Singh Christmas Comedy Extravaganza 2014, 8pm Wednesday ($15), Critically acclaimed comedian Bret Ernst, 8pm Thursday and 8 and 10:15pm Friday ($15), The Adam Carolla Show with Alison Rosen, Bald Bryan and Jo Koy 8pm and 10:15pm Saturday (SOLD OUT), The Rat Pack Live! A Musical Extravaganza 2pm Sunday ($25) and Bret Ernst 7pm Sunday ($15), San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St, 408-280-7475 or

Friday-Saturday – ComedySportz – Competitive improvisational teams perform hilarious skits. 9pm Friday, 7pm, Saturday Camera 3 Theater, 288 S. Second St.  $12-$15.  408-985-5233 or

Through Sunday – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever The Christmas classic comedy by Barbara Robinson comes to the Tabard Theatre. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the most inventively awful kids in history. 3 and 8pm opening Friday, 8pm Fridays, 3 and 8pm Saturdays and 2pm Sundays, $15-$38, Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.,

Through Sunday – Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great WarCity Lights Theatre Company commemorates the centennial of the World War I  “Christmas Truce,” when troops on both sides of the lines staged a cease-fire in 1914 France. This commission tells the story of the truce through scenes, vignettes, live music and song, letters and documents from the period.  8pm Thursday-Saturday, 2pm Sunday, 8pm Wednesday Dec. 17th, $17-35, 595 S. Second St.,

Through Dec. 28 – A Christmas CarolThe stage adaption of the Dickens’ original returns. Experience the power and humor of the Christmas classic. 8pm Thursday-Saturday and 3pm Sunday. $17-$22, 408-288-7820, 848 E. William St.,

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Live & Local ~ Downtown San Jose’s Music Spotlight 

Downtown San Jose features more than 41 venues that offer live music every week ranging from open mic nights at a coffee house to superstar performers at SAP Center or San Jose Civic. Venue Highlight:Johnny V’s Baris one of San Jose’s prime locations for sports, music and good times. The bar has a unique history and hosts live bands/DJs, dance nights drink specials and more on a weekly basis.Find out about more hotspots and browse through a variety of venues at our Live and Local table

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Miscellaneous Events

Wednesday — Coffee with Capt. Anthony Ciaburro -- Talk informally with the police captain about safety and quality-of0life issues downtown. 8-9:30 am, Trinity Cathedral Rectory hall, 81 N. Second St. (at St. John St.)

Monday and Wednesdays – Park Pop-Up – Every Monday and Wednesday from 11am-1:30pm, Adobe (McEnery Park on San Fernando) will be activated with food trucks provided by Moveable Feast. For more info, visit

Saturday — The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show — By hiding actors among the customers and leaving everyone to suspect who is part of the show and who is not, these events are proven second to none. The Dinner Detective was founded on three simple ideas: to create a show with intriguing scenarios, challenging mysteries and true-to-life dialogue. 6:45-9:45 pm, Hilton San Jose, 300 Almaden Blvd., $72.95, 800-496-0535;

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Camera 12, Paseo de San Antonio and Second St.

Movie BUCKBUSTERS: All Movies / Everyday, Camera 12 only. $5.50* until 6pm, $8.50* evenings, $7* student/senior/children/military/SJLibrary, *3D/D-BOX surcharges apply.

Now Showing:  “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” D-BOX seating available, “Annie,” “Night at The Museum: Secret of The Tomb,” “Back In Time (Congcong Nanian),” “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Horrible Bosses 2,” “Penguins of Madagascar,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I,” “Interstellar,” and “Big Hero 6”

Opening Dec. 25: “The Gambler” “Big Eyes, “Wild,” “Into the Woods,” “Unbroken,” “The Interview,” “Love on The Cloud”

At Camera 3, Second and San Carlos Sts

Now Showing: “National Gallery,” “Foxcatcher,” and “AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda.” Opening Dec. 25: “Birdman (Theory of Everything)” Sunday noon and Tuesday 7:15 p.m.:  Ballet in Cinema series: Tchiakovsky’s “The Nutcracker” by Vienna State Ballet.  $18.50

For more info and showtimes, visit

At The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation: With a 280 seat capacity, the IMAX Dome Theater allows guests to be immersed in a giant wrap around screen for an unforgettable experience watching films such as “Mysteries of the Unseen World.” Journey into the microscopic world once reserved only for scientists to see a whole new universe. Thanks to the film’s innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology, audiences will see things not visible to the naked eye. More educational films 1pm and 3pm Wednesday-Thursday, 12pm Wednesday and Friday, 2pm and 4pm Friday, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm Saturday-Tuesday: such as “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” available at The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, located inside The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-10. For showtimes and info

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Tabard Theatre Winter Youth Production: “Pandemonium” — Author Susannah Greenwood describes PANDEMONIUM as “a globally engaging arts adventure that incorporates music, dance, language, and traditional costuming.”  She adds, “Come play with Tabard, and think ‘outside the box’.  Pun intended.” For youth, 6-14. Sign up by Jan. 5. Rehearse Mon-Thur, Feb. 2-26, 3:30-6pm. Performances Feb. 27-March 1.  $235 tuition.  408-679-2330;

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Sports and Fitness

San Jose Sharks home games – Catch San Jose’s hockey team as they hit the ice at the SAP Center, right downtown.

  • Thursday vs. Edmonton and Saturday vs. St. Louis both games at
  • Special deal for Downtowner Online subscribers for Sharks-Oilers game on Thursday:  Save up to 45% on select price levels! Lower Reserved: $50 (reg. $77-$94); Premium Upper Corner: $40 (reg. $53-$65); Premium Upper Goalie: $30 (reg. $44-$54).  Deal at  Use promo code DOWNTOWN.  First come, first serve, some fees apply.

Mondays and Wednesdays – Breakthrough Boot Camp – An outdoor workout that utilizes the field, track, bleachers, and other structures.  8:30 am.  275 N. 24th

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Fitness Boot Camp – Get into great shape while working out with a small group of other fitness-minded people. Request a free one-week trial. 6am-6:50am, 7am-7:50am, 120 Stockton Ave.,

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars

Classes at the San Jose Entrepreneur Center

100 E. Santa Clara St.

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Daily through Jan. 31 – Leyla Cárdenas: Scarcity – The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art hosts the first Bay Area exhibition by Colombia-based artist Leyla Cárdenas. Known for creating site-specific work, which also may be considered city-specific, Cárdenas has created an installation at the ICA comprised of fragmented plaster with images of historic San Jose buildings which are located around Market St. The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 S. First St.,

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Museums and galleries

Anno Domini – the second coming of art and design –Open noon-7pm Tuesday-Friday; noon-5pm Saturday. 366 S. First St. Free.

Art Ark Gallery – 1035 S. Sixth St – Open by appointment only.

Art Object Gallery –Open 1-4pm Thursday-Saturday. 592 N. Fifth St. Free.

Casa JaliscoOpen 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. 320 S. First St. Free. 408-890-5507,

The Center for Literary Arts (CLA)Readings, lectures, conversations and seminars that allow the San Jose community to interact with writers of contemporary literature who have demonstrated exceptional voice and vision. San Jose State University, 408-924-4600.

Children’s Discovery Museum –Open 10am to 5pm Tuesday – Saturday and noon-5pm Sunday. $11-$12. 180 Woz Way. 408-298-5437

City Hall windows gallery –Fourth St near Santa Clara St

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Library –150 E. San Fernando St. Free. 408-808-2000

Empire Seven Studios525 N. 7th St. 408-638-7846,

History San Jose – Silicon Valley Bikes: Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880 highlights the region’s love affair with cycling. Runs through May 2015.  History Park, 1650 Senter Road.  408-287-2290

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose535 N. 5th St.; 408-294-3138.

KALEID gallery –Open noon-7pm Tuesday – Friday; Noon-5pm Saturday. $2 Tuesdays every third Tuesday of the month. 88 S. Fourth St. Free. 408-271-5151 or  

MACLA –Open noon-7pm Wednesday -Thursday; noon-5pm Friday-Saturday. 510 S. First St. Free. 408-998-2783 or

Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery –Open 11am-4pm and 6-7:30pm Tuesday; 11am-4pm Wednesday – Friday. Art Building, San Jose State University, 1 Washington Square. Free. 408-924-4328

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum –Open10am-5pm Monday – Friday; 11am-6pm Saturday-Sunday. 1342 Naglee Ave. $9, $7 seniors/students, $5 ages 5-10,free for ages 4 and younger. 408-947-3636

San Jose City Hall –Various exhibits. Open 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday. 200 E. Santa Clara St. Free. 408-535-8168

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art –Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday – Friday; Noon-5 pm Saturday. Closed Sunday & Monday. 560 S. First St.  Free Admission. Donations welcomed. 408-283-8155 or

San Jose Museum of Art –11 am-5pm Tuesday – Sunday. 110 S. Market St. $8.  408-271-6840.

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles – Open 10am-5pm Wednesday – Sunday (open for free from 7-11 pm on the first Friday of every month). 520 S. First St. $8 Adults-$6.50 Seniors/Students. 408-971-0323 or

Seeing Things Gallery – Gallery, books and zines. Tuesday – Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday noon-6pm; 30 N. Third St. 891-7553

SPUR San Jose Urban Gallery –11am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 76 S. First St.

The Tech Museum of InnovationOpen daily 10am-5pm. 201 S Market St. Pricing: Adult admission for the galleries only $15. Add an educational IMAX film for only $5.  Children (ages 3-17) or $20 for a combo ticket, active students with ID, and seniors will pay only $10 for museum entry and $8 for an educational film in IMAX – or $15 for a combo ticket. 408-294-8324 or

Works/San JoseOpen noon-4pm Tuesday – Saturday (to 7pm Thursday). 365 S. Market St. 408-295-8378.

ZERO1 GarageNoon-4pm Wednesday-Saturday, 429 S. First St.

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Downtown Dining / Business Promotions

Hawaiian Airlines Downtown Ice airfare discounts – The readers of Travel + Leisure have ranked Hawaiian Airlines as the top domestic carrier serving Hawaii, according to the magazine’s 2013 World’s Best Awards. Go,use promotion code “SJDA” and get year-round discounts on flights to the islands and beyond.  Click here for booking page:

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Dancing Downtown

Agenda Lounge –399 S. First St.  408-287-3991· Azúcar Lounge –71 and 81 E. San Fernando St.  408-293-8482,; Beso Club – 417 S. First St. 818-359-4235The Blank Club –44 S. Almaden Ave.  408-971-8511· The Brit –173 W. Santa Clara St.  408-278-1400· Club Milano – 394 S. Second St.· Dive Bar –78 E. Santa Clara St. 408-288-5252· South First Billiards: Elixer Lounge –420 S. First St.  408-294-7800· Fahrenheit Ultralounge –99 E San Fernando St.  408-998-9998· Freddie J’s-97 E. Santa Clara· Habana Club Restaurant –238 Race St. 408-998-2822· Lido Nightclub30 S. First St.· Liquid Lounge 32 S. Third St.  Loft Bar and Bistro –90 S. Second St.  408-291-0677· Beso Club –417 S. First St.· Motif Restaurant and Club –389 S. First St.  408-279-1888· Myth Tavern & Lounge –152 Post St.· Studio 8 –8 S. First St.· Sabor Tapas Bar and Lounge –72 N. Almaden Ave. 408-287-1737· San Jose Bar and Grill –85 S. Second St. 408-286-2397  · Splash· Temple Bar and Lounge – 52 S. First· Tres Gringos – 83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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Downtown Living

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Saturday – Serving the Homeless – The next lunch for the homeless at Trinity in the Parish Hall Kitchen starts at 10am. Volunteers need no experience, just a desire to help those less fortunate. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. Any questions can be directed to any of the volunteers or Rev. Bird. 81 N. 2nd St,

Cinequest Call for Volunteers –Volunteer with the Cinequest Film Festival team and help produce San Jose’s storied movie festival.  The festival runs Feb. 24 to March 8, for more volunteer and Cinequest information,

ThirdSpace Fitness Blanket Drive – ThirdSpace Fitness is organizing a community blanket drive for  homeless members of the community. Gently used, clean blankets and jackets can be donated at  ThirdSpace Fitness, 550 S. First St. or email lmiller@3rdsp.comfor a pick up. Enjoy a complimentary week pass in exchange for a donation.

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Coming Up

Dec. 24 — Inclusive Christmas Eve Service — By Silicon Valley Progressive Faith Community.  People of all ages and spiritual backgrounds are invited to this special Christmas Eve service with laughter, music and candles. 4-5pm, Cafe Stritch, 374 S. First St.,

Dec. 25-28 – Walking with Dinosaurs – The show that critics have called “awesome,” “spectacular” and “breathtaking,” takes San Jose with nine performances in a four day event at the SAP Center. The show depicts dinosaurs’ evolution and features scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.  $36-$73, for event times and more info, visit

Dec. 31 – CAKE + special guest Nellie McKay – The alternative rockers from Sacramento have carved out their own musical niche and always put on a great show.  City National Civic.. 9pm, tickets range $60-$105, 135 W. San Carlos St.

Dec. 31 — Will Durst and friends – The Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off.  Stand-up comedy, sketches, quizzes and surprises.  Saturday Night Live meets the Daily Show on steroids.  7pm ($40) and 10pm ($50) shows, San Jose Stage,  490 S. First St.

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SAP Center of San Jose   

Dec. 25-28 – Walking with Dinosaurs

Jan. 9, 16 and 17 – Harlem Globetrotters

Feb. 5 – Eric Church

Feb. 18-22 – Disney on Ice

March 5 – Bob Seger

March 6 – Chris Brown and Trey Songz

March 20-22 – Marvel Universe Live

March 26 – Ricardo Arjona

March 30 – Maroon 5

City National Civic

Dec. 18 – MythBusters Behind the Myths Tour

Dec. 20 – WAR and Tower of Power

Dec. 31 – CAKE + special guest Nellie McKay

Jan. 2-3 – Disney Jr. Live on Tour – Pirate and Princess Adventure

Jan. 28 – Styx

Jan. 29 – So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2014 Season Tour

Jan. 31 – CMT’s Cabaret Night

Feb. 6 – Excision with Minnesota, Protohype

Feb. 22 – LithoVision 2015

Feb 27. – Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller – Don’t Be a Pinhead Tour

Mar. 3 – Celtic Thunder

SJSU Event Center


Montgomery Theater

Jan. 15  – The Happy Hollow Foundation presents Jack Hanna in a fundraiser for Wildlife Conservation. 7pm, $75-$125, 271 S. Market St.

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport


Wednesday — Market Street congestion — construction projects require lane closures early Wednesday until 3:30pm to disassemble construction elevator at 1 S. Market and Family Justice Center crane.

Through Dec. 27 – Free Historic Trolley Rides – The VTA’s Historic Trolley ride returns. The Trolley offers a free ride to those visiting Christmas in the Park, Downtown Ice or any of downtown San Jose’s many restaurants. The Trolley runs 6:30-10pm Fridays, 2:30-10pm Saturdays and Sundays and operates between the San Jose Diridon and Civic Center light rail stations. Trolley service runs approximately every hour, weather permitting. Service will not be available during Levi’s Stadium Events on December 5, 20 and 28.  (408) 321-2300;

DASH shuttleThe DASH shuttle, which connects Diridon station to downtown’s core with free rides, runs 6:30 am to 9:15 pm.  Shuttles are every 10-15 minutes during peak times, and every 30 minutes later.

Pedicabs – Eco City Cycles –Look for Eco City Cycles door-to-door pedicab service.  The service is available Wednesday-Saturday from 7 pm-2 am.  Call ahead for reservations or pick ups 408-771-7723.  Negotiate your price.

Bike sharingModular bike share stations are in 15 locations around downtown.  Also in cities up and down the peninsula.  Coming soon to Oakland and Berkeley.  Memberships now available;

Mineta San Jose International Airport

Visitwww.tsa.govfor the latest information about security procedures.

For more information on Airport changes, maps, and services, go

Email info@sjc.orgif you need a reply.

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