Christmas in the Park 2012

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Posted 2012-12-15 by Karen the Wordierfollow

Sat 01 Dec 2012 - Tue 01 Jan 2013

I just have to say it - I love this event. This is the best winter holiday event around.
To me, it feels like mini-Disneyland. It's free to get in - that's joy to a lot of the world.

There is a lovely, round ice skating rink, with lighted palm trees. I love you, California.

You can skate in the middle of the rink, or skate around a separate edge. It goes in a big circle.

Carnival rides add to the merriment.

Alleys of life size gingerbread houses filled with animated Santas, elves, and fairies line snowy streets.
A lot of them have a Christmas song that matches the theme of the house.
This is a North Pole, but I think there's a bigger one, also. It may be near the street lamp that snows every minute or so.
This is where the kids all gather. There's new delight every time it snows.

Forests of Christmas trees decorated by local schools, groups, clubs, and societies make it feel like super Christmas.
Many are for great causes. I saw childhood safety, anti-bullying, fire safety. There was a tree for a suffering one, decorated by supporters and friends.

We love the Christmas trains. The SCRR, or Santa Claus Railroad, is just delightful.

This one stops at the elves service center for refueling and repairs.

There are places to purchase food and hot drinks scattered throughout. It's freezing out, but that only makes it more perfect for the season. We usually bring or buy a hot drink to hold while we stroll. Gloves and wool jackets recommended.

There's way more than a North Pole here.

Christmas in the Park will be in downtown San Jose from 9am to midnight until January 1st. I say unto you, friends. Go.

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