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November 2018

Downtown Ice

November 16, 2018 - January 27, 2019

San Jose's annual holiday activity is back! Come to Downtown Ice to have fun on the ice under the twinkling lights. 

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Winter Wonderland

November 21 - December 31
Park Avenue, Park Ave, California, USA, 153 Park Ave United States

Winter Wonderland brings the holiday spirit into town with carnival rides, food, games and more.

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Christmas in the Park 2018

November 23 - December 25

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.

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Historic Trolley Ready to Roll for the Holidays

November 23 - December 30
Downtown San Jose, San Jose, CA, USA, 3201 Denton Way United States

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.

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December 2018

12 Days of Arts

December 1 - December 12
Downtown San Jose, San Jose, CA, USA, 3201 Denton Way United States

#12 Days of ARTS is a social-media driven scavenger hunt for arts prizes with more than 120 chances to win, including two Grand Prizes! Follow #12DaysofArts and the San Jose Downtown Association website and Facebook page. Each morning at 8 am, the San Jose Downtown Association will post a clue on their website at and on their Facebook page @sjdowntown. Watch for the #12DaysofArts clue consisting of a photo and a written hint. You must figure out the location…

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Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

December 12 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

This seminar will be conducted by a representative from the EDD and an enrolled agent representing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on: California payroll reporting requirement; forms, employer obligations, reporting and payment requirements; Independent contractor reporting requirements; Electronic filing and payment requirements and options; Federal payroll reporting requirements, including Forms 940, 941, 1099, W-2, W-4, W-9, and alternative filing. Free. 

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December Wine Club Pick Up Party

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join your fellow Wine Club Members in tasting all of the wines from all of the clubs, and enjoy special retail pricing the night of the event! $10 for Wine Club members. $15 General.

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A Christmas Celebration – Valley Christian Schools

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This concert is one of five events presented by the Valley Christian Schools Conservatory of the Arts, each featuring music groups from three campuses. A ten-year tradition, the California Christmas Concerts are not to be missed. $7.

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genARTS Silicon Valley Annual Movers & Shakers

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join genARTS Silicon Valley for their annual Movers & Shakers event. A networking hour where you can mingle and meet like minded individuals in the Silicon Valley arts community. Being honored this year as "Movers and Shakers" in our arts community is Pow! Wow! San Jose for their incredible work producing the second ever Pow! Wow! San Jose festival. Enjoy light bits by 20twenty Cheese Bar and and an array of beverages at our no host bar. This event will…

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Between Riverside and Crazy

December 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ gritty comedic drama boldly examines, with worldly wit, the effects of social injustice. Ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his newly paroled son Junior have spent a lifetime living between Riverside and crazy. When his struggle to keep one of New York City’s last great rent-stabilized apartments collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems that the old days may be dead and gone. $20.50-$60.

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Getting around

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.