Holiday Nights Downtown San Jose Nov. 26-Jan. 3

Lights in Plaza de Cesar Chavez will brighten downtown and holiday spirits

Despite the main traditions and attractions of Downtown for the Holidays derailed by Covid-19, the festive lights of the season will shine bright in the city center. 

ind a little joy in the heart of Downtown San Jose.
With Downtown Ice, Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland shutdown or moved by the Covid pandemic, we wanted to bring some holiday spirit to one of our favorite parks.
Together, with our partners, we have created an illuminated wonderland, with lights in the park’s existing trees, more lighted trees brought in for the occasion and sparkling arches, ideal for a drive-around or a stroll through. A 26-foot-tall stylized holiday tree perched atop the stage on the north end of the park will be a primary feature.

The project is designed as a “passive and festive” strolling experience. Visitors can add to the excitement by adding lights to their person, pets and kids, but they also must wear their masks and make sure they are properly socially distanced of six feet or more from other parties.  Large families should break up into smaller groups to avoid blocking pathways and to keep the experience safe for everyone.

Light the Holiday Nights will be produced by SJDA in coordination with the City of San Jose and Downtown Property-Based Improvement District, and supported by presenting sponsor First Tech Federal Credit Union and downtown property owners Jay Paul Company, Google, Sobrato, Swenson and Urban Catalyst.