Toy Drive, Dog Day at Christmas in the Park Saturday

Two big events are coming to San Jose’s Christmas in the Park this weekend, the annual festivities that occupy Plaza de Cesar Chavez in the city’s downtown.

The first event, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, is a toy drive with Toys for Tots. Members of the U.S. Marine Reserves will be on site to facilitate a drive-thru drop off on the northbound side of Market Street. The goal is to ‘stuff the bus’ in helping bring toys to families in need this holiday season. Southwest Airlines is the presenting sponsor.

A second special event, also happening Saturday, is the Dog Day at the park. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. attendees can bring their dogs to the park and get a visit in with Santa.

Christmas in the Park, open from 9 a.m. to midnight daily, features more than 40 musical and animated exhibits and the 60-foot tall Community Giving Tree. Organizers say that approximately 750,000 people visit the event each year. It runs, rain or shine, through January 5, 2020.

For more information on Christmas in the Park, click here.

Admission to Christmas in the Park is free, though organizers hope attendees will donate $1 per person to help offset the costs of running the event. Parking is available, for a fee, on neighboring streets or in a variety of private parking lots nearby.