The Ultimate Holiday Event Guide for Santa Clara County, CA

Even the Grinch would have a hard time staying cold-hearted this holiday season with the plethora of spirit-lifting events around Santa Clara County this month! So bundle up in that snowflake sweater and get ready for the warm fuzzies, which are sure to abound when you check out one of these holiday-themed events this month!

December 2015

Enjoy a “Fantasy of Lights” all month long, with this fantastic ode to all things twinkly. Prepaid tickets required nightly, at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. More information available at or by calling (408) 355-2201.

December 8, 2015

You’ve seen the mean Mr. Grinch, but have you seen his story in puppet form? Check out this holiday classic with a twist at the Northside Library as the Northside Puppet Company presents “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”

December 10-14, 2015

There are nativities, and then there is “Experience the Birth” – a 30-minute live performance retelling the birth of Jesus. Featuring “music, drama, lights, and exotic animals,” the journey through Bethlehem will take viewers from Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn to the three wise men searching for the King. Five performance nightly; free admission. Santa Clara Baptist Church, 3111 Benton Street, Santa Clara, website:

December 12-13, 2015

The Santa Clara Players’ “The Christmas Mouse” will delve into the world of Mrs. Robinson and a Christmas Mouse, who – in the midst of searching for food for his family – ruins the woman’s prized gingerbread house. Life lessons abound in this feel-good holiday story! Dec. 12 at 3 and 7 p.m., Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. Free admission. 1505 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara (408) 248-7993

December 13 

The annual Chanukah lighting at the Pacific Commons Shopping Center in Fremont is back for the third year, and this free event promises to be the best yet! Starting at 5 p.m., families can enjoy music, tasty foods (like jelly donuts, matzoh ball soup) and hot drinks, fun kid-friendly activities, free raffle prizes, and a giant menorah lighting. 5-6:30 p.m. Free admission. Pacific Commons Shopping Center, 43951 Boscell Rd., Freemont (510) 770-9798

December 13 and 20

The historical ranch house at Joseph D. Grant Park is festively decorated and open for holiday tours! Commune with nature, take a walk through history, and enjoy a free beverage and snack. Call (408) 274-6121 for further details.

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