2021 holiday happenings in the South Bay

When it comes to holiday events, the South Bay has you covered. Continue reading below to learn about events filled with holiday cheer.

Downtown Ice

San Jose Museum of Art, 120 S. Market St., San Jose

Open daily, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., through January 9

You can visit Downtown San Jose’s very own winter wonderland by visiting Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice. Enjoy the rink for during a 50-minute slot with a general admission ticket, or reserve the whole rink to yourself by booking a private party session. Lockers, skate helpers, gloves, socks, and refreshments are available for purchase at the rink. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream. Tickets are available to purchase online. Buy yours here.

Blinky’s Illuminated Holiday

2305 S White Rd., San Jose

Open daily, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., through January 9

Follow Blinky the reindeer through an exciting light show and musical journey. This year’s display will feature over 200,000 lights. General admissions tickets are available for standard ticket entry. VIP tickets include front of the line entry and exclusive swag. Reserve your tickets here.

Santa Run Silicon Valley


Sunday, December 19

This Sunday, design your own course and enjoy holiday fun with your family. Proceeds will benefit Christmas in the park, Downtown Ice, and Reading Partners. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a holiday themed race shirt, Christmas ornament medal, and Santa beard race wrap. Race packets will be available for pick up on December 18 at Sports Basement Sunnyvale. Learn more at https://www.santarunsv.com/.

Winter Wonderland

Downtown San Jose

December 17, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and December 18-January 2, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

At Winter Wonderland an array of festive rides and attractions awaits you. From a Ferris wheel to a classic carousel, you’ll find something for every member of the family. Tickets are $4 per ride, or $15 for a day of unlimited rides. Learn more about the magical event at https://www.winterwonderlandsj.com/.

Breakfast with Santa

Neiman Marcus, 400 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

December 18, 8 a.m.

Visit the Neiman Marcus Café for a breakfast to satisfy kids and adults alike! For $65 adults will receive an eggs benedict breakfast with seasonal fruit and hash browns, and a glass of sparkling wine. Children 12 and under are served scrambled eggs with hash browns, silver dollar pancakes with Applewood smoked bacon, and seasonal fruit, topped off with a visit from Santa, for $45. Tables will be decorated with mini pastries and coffee, tea, juice, and hot chocolate. Purchase your seats here.

Palo Alto Forward Holiday Social

Eleanor Pardee Park, 866 Center Dr, Palo Alto

December 18, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Join Palo Alto Forward to decorate gingerbread houses and work towards creating a more affordable Palo Alto. Together the community will reflect on this year’s accomplishments, and create discussions surrounding housing in Palo Alto. To RSVP for the event, visit https://www.paloaltoforward.com/holidaysocial2021.

Winter Solstice Night Bike Ride

Peet’s Coffee, 367 State St, Los Altos

December 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Take a bike ride along Christmas Tree Lane. The nighttime ride is 18 miles round trip, and you can join at any time. Register to ride here.

Jingle Ball Movie Night

Ameswell Hotel, 800 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View

December 18, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Come watch Elf with the whole family (including the dog!) and enjoy warm drinks and seasonal treats at the hotel’s Airstream bar. The movie will be shown on the lawn, electric heaters will surround the area, but blankets are encouraged as well. The Airstream bar will open at 2 p.m. and will be selling holiday cookie decorating kits. The movie showing begins at 5 p.m. Buy your tickets here.