Whether you are looking for something festive to do with friends and family, a new cookie recipe, a signature drink for your get together, or an option to send out those last minute Christmas cards, we have some suggestions to help ease your stress so you can enjoy the holidays!
Need to entertain your guests? Here's a list of fun ideas!
Hawaiian Airlines/Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice!
Now through January 11th
Market St. between the San Jose Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel
Skate under the stars at Hawaiian Airlines/Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice, the South Bay's largest seasonal outdoor skating rink! Located next to the Fairmont Hotel on Market Street in downtown San Jose, open daily through January 11th!
Fantasy of Lights
Now through December 24th
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Fantasy of Lights is a 1.5 mile drive-thru holiday lights and display entertainment extravaganza for the whole family. The mostly animated larger-than-life displays, the special sounds of holiday music piped through your own car radio and the sights and sounds of an erupting Volcano in the dangerously fun Dinosaur Den, Santa Shooting Hoops, a pen of playful penguins, blazing pirate ship cannons, tunnels of lights, and winking, twinkling trees will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout the ride.
Christmas in the Park!
Now through January 1st
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
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. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought people from all over the Bay Area together during the holidays.
Each year, the two-acre park is transformed into a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Some of the original displays housed in one of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, include a melting snowman, caroling mice and elf woodcrafters. The Victorian Village is a 25-foot Christmas tree surrounded by the animated Nutcracker Suite exhibit and Santa's Photo Den. Guests enter a winter wonderland of lights, songs and local entertainment while strolling through an enchanted forest of trees decorated by San José schools, community groups and businesses.
Ballet San Jose's The Nutcracker!
Now through December 28th
San Jose Center for Performing Arts
255 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95113
Nearly 100 dancers fill the stage with classic holiday magic and season surprises in Karen Gabay's stylish, smart staging. Brimming with bravura dancing and just the right amount of gingerbread to put even Ebenezer Scrooge in the holiday spirit, this is the traditional Nutcracker to see!
Impress your guests with one of these delicious holiday drinks!
Click the images below for the recipe for each drink!
This Ecuadorian spin on eggnog blends fresh eggs with condensed milk and peaches for a rich and frothy festive drink. Add rum to the mix for even more holiday cheer!
Mulled Wine with Cranberries
Cranberry juice cocktail and fresh cranberries give this favorite winter warmer a tart kick!
Hot Buttered Rye
This warm whiskey cocktail will keep you cozy on cold nights. Topped with maple-cream mixture and fresh nutmeg, it may taste more like a dessert than a cocktail!
Candy Cane Cocktail
Make your holiday season more festive with this delicious cocktail!
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