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San Jose Holiday Parade, Santa Run, Dining, Shopping & Events

Celebrate the holidays in style this year, and discover a thrilling array of festivities that your entire family will enjoy. Don't miss the spectacular San Jose Holiday Parade, and spend an evening strolling through Christmas in the Park. Shop for treats and savor special holiday dining at Santana Row and San Pedro Square. From holiday concerts to trolley rides, San Jose provides everything you need for an unforgettable holiday celebration.

Milpitas Things to See and Do

  • Christmas in the Park

    Wander through Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park and admire more than 40 animated and musical holiday displays. Enjoy nightly entertainment, visits with Santa, holiday refreshments and over 500 decorated Christmas trees.
  • Downtown For the Holidays

    San Jose sparkles during the holiday season, with a dynamic selection of activities. Visit the Winter Wonderland, take a free historic trolley ride, see a production of A Christmas Carol, attend a holiday concert and of course - watch the San Jose Holiday Parade.
  • Tivo Santa Run

    Slip on your Santa suit for this popular holiday-theme fun run. Taking place on December 14, this family-friendly race raises money for Downtown Ice and Christmas in the Park. Register now to participate!


  • San Pedro Square

    Eat, drink and shop at this charming market, which often hosts live music events. Sample from a large array of eateries, including Vino Vino, Little Chef Counter, Creparis, Blush Raw Bar & Lounge, Bray Butcher Block & Bistro, and Robee's Falafel.
  • Santana Row Dining

    Discover an indulgent array of the finest restaurants along this elegant shopping and dining avenue. Make your reservations at restaurants like Consuelo Mexican Bistro, Citrus, Blowfish Sushi, Cocola, Yard House and Thea Mediterranean.


  • Santana Row

    Stroll down this upscale shopping lane for excellent holiday deals for your loved ones, and yourself. Along the "Row" you'll find Lululemon, Kate Spade New York, BCBG Max Azria, H&M, Gucci and more.
  • Valleyfair

    Still not finished with your holiday shopping? This high-end retail center has everything you need. Stores include Nordstrom, Prada, Louis Vuitton, True Religion, Lego, Club Monaco and of course - photos with Santa Claus.