With the holiday season upon us, the events that Los Gatos hosts for the community infuse the town with festive cheer. Watch the town get decked out in lights or attend a wide range of holiday performances. Whether you’re a long-time resident or searching for homes for sale in Los Gatos, check out these events to get into the holiday spirit.
Children’s Christmas & Holiday Parade
On December 3rd at 11 AM, join the community for the return of the 66th annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas & Holiday Parade. Families can watch their children walk the parade in costume or perform band and musical routines. The parade features student talent from Los Gatos High School, LGS Recreation, and the Los Gatos Lions. Enjoy the bright colors, themed costumes, and music as you get into a festive mood.
The parade starts at the corner of Almendra Avenue and North Santa Cruz Avenue, then travels south along Santa Cruz Avenue to Main Street, before ending at Church Street. Attendees should plan accordingly for road closures, traffic, and parking to secure a good spot along the parade’s route. Visitors who are arriving by bike can leave their bikes at the free bike valet service, which is located at Municipal Lot #1.
Fantasy of Lights
Featuring environmentally-friendly LED lighting, visitors will love the 50+ themed displays that make up Fantasy of Lights, as well as the 90-foot Christmas tree decked out in colorful decoration. Large, animated displays include tunnels of moving lights, pens of penguins, pirate cannons, and even a basketball-pro Santa Claus!
Holiday Tea & Tour
After tea, guests can enjoy a self-guided tour of the historic Ainsley House, whose second floor is beautifully decorated for the holidays. With this year’s theme “Holiday Alphabet,” guests can figure out how each room was decorated using a different letter of the alphabet. For a souvenir to mark the occasion, a holiday boutique has been set up in the Ainsley House’s kitchen. A holiday boutique is also located in the Carriage House, which visitors can explore during tea.
Holiday Carriage Rides
Starting December 8th, Holiday Carriage Rides return to Downtown Los Gatos. Guests can enjoy a night ride from 5 PM to 8:45 PM, or 5 PM to 9:15 PM on select dates. Beginning at Town Plaza, riders sit back for a 20-minute ride as holiday bells on horses chime magically. Admire the decorated historic homes along North Santa Cruz Avenue while sipping on complimentary hot chocolate and eating homemade cookies.
With live music from the San Jose Youth Symphony, the perfectly-timed score, ornate costumes that glitter with each turn and jump, and captivating dancing will enthrall audiences. Attendees will feel like they’re right beside Clara as she vanquishes the Mouse King and enters the palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Whether you’re new to the ballet scene or a ballet lover, you’re sure to enjoy this company’s performance.
Winchester Mystery House
On December 29th, join the Winchester Mystery House for Aiden Sinclair’s Ghosts of Christmas Passed, an interactive evening performance featuring paranormal illusions. Watch as Sinclair spins Christmas ghost stories so expertly they seem to come to life. This Dickenson-esque performance brings attendees back to the chill of winter’s roots—when nights were long and the dawn cold.
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