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Christmas in the park: Keep the holiday spirit going

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Christmas Day 2013 may have come to a close, but Christmas in the Park, a twinkling musical display surrounded by holiday-themed attractions, continues its month-long run at San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez this weekend as well as the week ahead leading up to New Year’s Day 2014.

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The display covers the 2.2 acre park with rows of community decorated Christmas trees and it is such a sight to see that it receives approximately 450,000 visitors each year according to the event website.

“This week is a great time to visit Christmas in the Park as the crowds are a little less,” says Jason Minsky, Executive Director of Christmas in the Park, “but it really keeps the spirit of the holidays going.”

Visitors may chose to rent ice-skates for use at the Downtown Ice rink, sit with Santa in his den, or purchase tickets to experience the Winter Wonderland rides.

In addition to the holiday activities is the Christmas in the Park food court where a selection of food and drinks are available for purchase.

Now in its 34th year, Christmas in the Park was recently named one of the Top 10 Displays in the World by Essential Travel Magazine.

As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the Christmas in the Park program relies on donations from the community to ‘Help keep the lights on.’ Visitors may chose to make a contribution to the cause within the park at a handful of donation stations.

Each donation can make a big difference for funding Christmas in the Park. “If every visitor donated $1.00 when they visit the park, we would be fully funded,” said Mr. Minsky.

Christmas in the Park is located in Downtown San Jose on Market Street and Park Avenue. Hours of operation are 9:00am to midnight and admission is FREE for all.

Parking lots and metered parking are also available.

Learn more about Christmas in the Park at: www.christmasinthepark.com

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