Los Gatos 2013 Holiday Event Guide

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The Los Gatos 2013 Holiday Event Guide is out courtesy of your Los Gatos Patch! Patch file photo
The Los Gatos 2013 Holiday Event Guide is out courtesy of your Los Gatos Patch! Patch file photo


Free unlimited valet parking in lot No. 4 off North Santa Cruz Avenue between Grays Lane and Elm Street 9 a.m.–9 p.m. most days.


The Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad Fantasy of Lights Holiday Train runs 6-9 p.m. at Oak Meadow Park, 233 Blossom Hill Rd. Thursday through Sunday evenings, weather permitting. Open for a bonus night on Wednesday, Dec. 18, closed Dec. 24-25. Please note that not all of Vasona lights may be viewed from the train. Suggested route to avoid traffic: Los Gatos Boulevard to Blossom Hill Road. "Over the highway and through the light, The Holiday Train will be on the right!" Details: 408-395-7433.


Fantasy of Lights Drive-thru Holiday Lights show, presented by the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation, returns for the 15th year at Vasona Lake Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd., in Los Gatos, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 31, 2013. Details:  408-355-2201, or visit: www.parkhere.org

DEC. 27

The 10th Avenue Band Holiday Dance, Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, 208 E Main St., includes swing music, listening and dancing, light refreshments and door prizes 7-9 p.m. Donation of $5 is suggested. Details: 408-354-1514.


NOV. 29

Chanukah Family Shabbat Service at 7:30 p.m. in Congregation Shir Hadash's sanctuary, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane. Join Rabbis Melanie Aron, Josh Lobel, and Lisa Levenberg and Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy and the Junior Choir in celebration of Chanukah. The Junior Choir will be performing an original Chanukah play written by Elizabeth Herman, called This Light Tonight. Bring your chanukiyot and candles to help light up the sanctuary on this third night of Chanukah. Spin the dreidel and enjoy Sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts) at the Oneg following the service. Everyone is welcome! Details: 408-358-1751.

DEC. 4

Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Holiday Business after hours mixer 5:30-7 p.m. at El Camino Hospital Los Gatos, 815 Pollard Rd. Please join West Valley business professional in a relaxed business networking atmosphere. Prizes, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Everyone pays $5 for this holiday event. Details:  408-354-9300, or chamber@losgatoschamber.com.

DEC. 6

Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Town Plaza Park, corner of Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue, at 5 p.m., lighting of tree at 6 p.m. Santa arrives at 6:01 p.m. Hosted by the Los Gatos Community Foundation and the Town of Los Gatos.

DEC. 6, 7, 8

Los Gatos Ballet and the San Jose Dance Theatre present "The Nutcracker" at the Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., in San Jose. The production also features guest artists Sarah Van Patten and Carlos Quenedit of San Francisco Ballet, as well as a live orchestra conducted by Scott Krijnen. Buy tickets by clicking here. Details: 408-286-9905.

DEC. 7

57th Los Gatos Children's Christmas and Holidays Parade starts at 11 a.m. Hosted by Los Gatos Lions Club and the Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation Department, annual processional travels down North Santa Cruz Avenue and Main Street, rain or shine. With almost 250 entries last year, event attracts nearly 20,000 people each year, with about 7,000 participants and an attendance of about 12,000.

Limos and Latkes at the JCC event for youth in grades 6-8, 6-10 p.m., 14855 Oka Rd. Come join the Jewish Community Center and BBYO as they take rides in limos around the South Bay while on a crazy scavenger hunt. Participants tell the driver where they want to go to find their Hanukkah items. The night ends with a latke party with teens from across the Bay Area. Tickets are $35. Click here to register or call BBYO, 650-223-8602. Details: Jason Goldstein, 408-357-7497, or jason@svjcc.org.

DEC. 7-8

A Mountain Holiday with the Summit Wineries. Five wineries will have gifts for sale, music, food 12-5 p.m. Enjoy the holidays with The Summit Wineries, five wineries along Summit Road in Los Gatos. It’s a festive weekend, with gifts for sale by local artisans, live music, food, wine, special prices for the holidays, holiday decorations. Each winery offers a different holiday experience, so visit each. Details: 408-353-2186.

Loma Prieta Winery, 26985 Loma Prieta Way, invites you to their Pinotage Wine Club Pick-Up Party 12-5 p.m. Three-pack verticals in gold gift boxes available. Details: 408-353-2950, or info@lomaprietawinery.com.

DEC. 7

Holiday Treats and Trains, 11:15 a.m.-7 p.m., start your day with a hosted lunch at the Crows Nest in Santa Cruz with a choice of seafood special, chicken marsala or spice-rubbed top sirloin. Nature’s beauty and the joy of the season meet as you shop for nature-themed gifts at the Holiday Gift and Craft Faire at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Enjoy crafters and artisans, unique gifts, hot beverages, baked goods and holiday cheer! Visit the Nature Center and Store. Board the Santa Cruz Holiday Light Train and tour vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment. The bus will leave from Campbell Recreation Center Level 2: Moderate activity. Details: 408-354-1514.

DEC. 7-8

The Loma Prieta Holiday Art and Craft Fair takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Rd. There will be lots of vendors, great gift ideas, good food, Santa, and family activities. Details: Rachelle Lopp, 408-353-8987.

DEC. 8

Presentation Center, 19480 Bear Creek Rd., invites the whole family to a Merry Mountain Christmas! Open to the public free of charge, 1-4 p.m. Carriage rides, trails and paths to explore, Christmas music, refreshments. Activities for the kids, visit with Santa, face painting, cookie decorating and more. Details: Holly Curley, 408-354-2346, ext. 203, or marketing@presentationcenter.org.

DEC. 7-17

King's Court Shopping Center presents its annual Festival of Trees kick-off event noon-4 p.m., corner of Los Gatos Boulevard and Blossom Hill Road, giving the public a chance to vote for their favorite Christmas trees presented by more than a dozen Los Gatos organizations. Enjoy live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and photos with Santa in the courtyard for $10. Voting will take place Dec. 7-17. Winners will be announced on the Kings Court website on Dec. 19, the top three trees will win a cash donation. Details: kingscourtlg.com.

DEC. 18

Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation invites the community to its free "Holiday Sing-A-Along" at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, 208 E. Main St. The event is a great opportunity to share love, friendship and music. Songbooks will be distributed and participants can sing from their seats or steal the stage with a solo. Cookies, cider and coffee will be served. Bring the grandkids! A $5 donation per person is recommended. Details: 408-354-8700.
DEC. 5, 12, 19 ONLY

The Los Gatos Visitors Bureau, a partnership between the Town of Los Gatos and Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, teams up with downtown merchants to extend holiday shopping hours until 9 p.m. at more than 50 downtown Los Gatos stores for its "Holiday Shopping Stroll." 

DEC. 8, 15, 22

Santa in the Los Gatos Town Plaza,
 11 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Nicholas and his elves arrive! No fee for sitting on Santa's lap. A $5 per person donation is recommended. This wonderful Santa takes the time to talk individually with each child. Bring your camera to capture the moment. There will not be a photographer at the park. Details: 408-354-8700.

Santa "Paws", 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Children and four-footed friends are invited to sit on Santa's lap at Town Plaza Park. Details: 408-354-8700.


2013 Los Gatos Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 23 at the southwest corner of Town Plaza Park, corner of West Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue, in downtown Los Gatos. Group package is $100, six seats available, four adults maximum; sweetheart carriage is $85, a private, romantic ride for two adults only; individual tickets are $25 for ages 11 and up, $10 for ages 3 to 10 and free to toddlers (under 3 years old) on lap. Rain or shine. Details: 408-354-9300.


Santa Visits Your Home! You hear jingle bells coming up your sidewalk, the door opens, little Dean and Olive can't believe their eyes, it's Santa! And not just any Santa, for many local children, he is THE Santa (the same wonderful Santa for the past 10 years). Make sure your camera is charged as Santa sits by your family tree with an elf by his side and your child on his knee. Yes, there will be time for family group shots, too. Limit of six people sitting on Santa's lap per 10-15 minute visit. We can book a double visit if you have more than six that will be sitting on Santa's lap. A map may be requested upon registration. In-person registration ONLY. If the scheduled visit dates don't work for your family party or work gathering and you would like to arrange a special time for an additional fee, e-mail: janet@lgsrecreation.org

—This list will be updated as more events are added and are completed. If you know of any events, please add them to the comments. Thank you.

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Nescett Wright November 27, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Great list!
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) November 27, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Thank you very much, Nescett! I appreciate it!
Marilyn Leonard November 27, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Lots of wonderful holiday events coming up!
Laura Ness November 28, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Nice list, Sheila! Can you please add: Sip, Shop, Enjoy & Give! Holiday Wine Strolls at Santana Row. Tuesdays in December: Dec 3, Dec 10 and Dec 17. Wineries pouring at shops throughout Santana Row from 6pm til 8pm. Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank.
Laura Ness November 28, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Also... Thursday, Dec 5, Festa Italiana at Ristorante da Mario in Saratoga, featuring the wines of Guglielmo Winery. 5-course paired wine dinner, $75pp plus tax and gratuity. Begins at 6:30pm. Live music and fun! RSVP today! Email: sandrocostanza@hotmail.com or call 408-741-1518
micheler522 November 29, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Is there a list of each night's driving route to avoid during the Fantasy of Lights event?
Rachelle Lopp November 29, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Thanks for the list! Would you please add the Loma Prieta Holiday Art and Craft Fair on Dec 7 & 8, 10-4. Lots of vendors, great gift ideas, good food, Santa, and family activities. In the Los Gatos hills at 23800 Summit Road, near some great Christmas tree farms. Thanks!
Gary Hinze November 29, 2013 at 05:43 PM
micheler522, The que for Fantasy of Lights is shown on the map at the bottom of this page: http://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/fol/Pages/Directions-and-Map.aspx The extent of the backup will vary from day to day and hour to hour, per the advisories at this site. This shows that at worse case, the best approach to Los Gatos would be along Winchester, the best egress would be Main to Los Gatos Boulevard. Blossom Hill could be reduced to one lane both ways, Lark could be blocked in the eastbound right lane.
Jeremy Barousse December 01, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Looks like there will be a fun-filled Holiday season ahead in Los Gatos!
Joni December 02, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Wonderful!! Please add: Loma Day at Peacock Christmas Tree Farm - December 7th 8:30am to 4:30pm. The Hoffner family will once again donate half of all proceeds to the Loma Public Education Fund (LPEF) when it hosts its annual “Loma Day” from 8 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the family-owned Peacock Christmas Tree Farm. The Hoffners will greet customers with saws, netting and free hot cider. LPEF members and volunteers will be there with refreshments and holiday treats. Wine Tasting will be provided by Loma Prieta Winery. The farm is at 17950 Mountain Charlie Rd., just off of Hwy 17 and Summit Road. For further information, please contact Lisa Hoffner at 408-353-6465 or see www.peacocktreefarm.com. All are welcome!!
Parthenia M. Hicks December 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Wonderful to see so much going on in our community!
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) December 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Just added the holiday sing along! Hope everyone can make it!
Marilyn Leonard December 12, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I love the holidays and all the fun activities!
Carol Parker December 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM
I just want to say thank you for the warm welcome we received while marching in the Children's Christmas parade for the first time ever. Everyone along the parade route was so enthusiastic. Our basset hound contingent enjoyed waddling in the parade. My little "long-eared reindeer" slept very soundly afterwards!


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