On Monday, 12/21/2021 @ 5:30PM, I took a nighttime walk-thru of Christmas in The Park in downtown San Jose. One of Silicon Valley’s biggest holiday events. Volunteers were still decorating the Christmas trees. Christmas in The Park is open noon to midnight from Black Friday through New Year’s Day.
On Black Friday, 11/26/2021 @ 1:30PM, I took a daylight walk-thru of Christmas in The Park in downtown San Jose. This is one of Silicon Valley’s biggest holiday events. Volunteers were still decorating the Christmas trees. The lights and rides wouldn’t start until 4:00PM. Christmas in The Park is open noon to midnight from Black Friday through New Year’s Day.
The San Jose/Silicon Valley Veterans Day Parade 2021 started at 12:30PM and lasted 90 minutes. I edited out the gaps between groups to reduce the video time to one hour. The time stamps in the description are for groups with signs I could read (most but not all). The first half was a car show and the second half was a parade.
NOTE: Check out the five groups that stopped short at the parade.
A friend ordered organic hard-boiled eggs from Safeway for home delivery. He discovered that the hardboiled eggs came in different colors. Not the white or brown eggs that come in a carton. These eggs were in bright shades of red, blue, green, yellow, and purple. He has never seen eggs like these before. That raised an interesting question. Are colored hard-boiled Easter eggs kosher for Passover?Read more “Are Colored Hard-Boiled Easter Eggs Kosher For Passover?”
The drive through for Christmas In The Park in the History Park (San Jose, CA) took 20 minutes. The line to get into the park was 30 minutes long. Recorded from the dashboard behind a fogged up windshield. No stopping. Bumper to bumper. Lots of flashing lights. This is probably how most people will experience the drive through. I added snarks to the video where appropriate. The “out of storage” error message on the iPhone came before exiting the park.
Christmas In The Park in downtown San Jose has been a holiday tradition for decades. Hundreds of Christmas trees decorated by schoolchildren and community groups. Animated displays of Santa’s elves working hard to make toys. Vendors selling holiday food and drinks. A free event that started on Black Friday after Thanksgiving Day and ends on several days after New Year’s Day.
That was until the coronavirus pandemic this year.
Due to social distancing rules, Christmas In The Park won’t be in downtown San Jose. Christmas In The Park will be a paid drive-through event at the History Park in east San Jose. Learn how to make your reservation, why the History Park, and what to expect for this year.Read more “Make A Reservation for Christmas In The Park Drive-Thru 2020”
The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) previously held their annual three-day Glass Pumpkin Festival at Santana Row in San Jose, CA, for the last few years. Hundreds of glass pumpkins of all sizes for sale and daily glassblowing demonstrations of turning molten sand into glass pumpkins. That all changed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival is still on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. But spread out over six weekends from October through mid-November. Held inside the BAGI building at the History Park. Alas, no daily glassblowing demonstrations.Read more “How to Attend BAGI’s Glass Pumpkin Festival 2020”
The Bay Area Glass Institute held their annual Glass Pumpkin Festival at their building in the History Park (San Jose, CA). The three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is spread out over six weekends from October 9th through November 14th. Reservations are made on their website. Unlike past events at Santana Row, there were no glassblowing demonstrations. This montage video was recorded on Sunday, October 11, 2020.
The Spirit Halloween store opened at the Plant in San Jose, CA, this past weekend. One of many stores in Silicon Valley. My first time visiting Spirit Halloween. An interesting selection of costumes, decorations and animatronics. Unfortunately, this store had loud music blasting overhead. Only a few of the animatronics were fully active with lights and sound effects.