Christmas Events

For those of you looking to do something the next couple of days before Christmas, I have two suggestions.  One is Christmas in the Park, in downtown San Jose, walking distance from SJSU for those of you who are still around campus.  The other is the Charles Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.  I went to both in the last week and had a good time.

Christmas in the Park is pretty standard fair stuff that most people know about.  It is at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, which is the park across from the Tech Museum and it is free.  There are a bunch of Christmas exhibits displayed and a live band playing Christmas music.  Plus they have carnival rides set up including a Ferris wheel.  It’s a fun cheap date.

The Dickens Fair is very cool, but a lot of people have not heard of it.  If you like the Renaissance Fair you will like this; it was created by the same people.  The people who work there dress and act like they are characters from the works of Charles Dickens.  For example, the Ghost of Christmas Past and Scrooge roam the halls together as if from a scene in A Christmas Carol.  I’d definitely recommend it, but it will be more expensive, could be up to 20 dollars admission, and you will probably want to buy food or gifts there.  The food is very good, they have stuff that is supposed to be from that period.  We got in for 10 dollars each because we came at 4 PM and they close at 7PM.  They are only open for one more weekend, the weekend of Christmas up to Saturday, so go soon.

You can also see my pics for both events here and here.


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