A look at downtown's top 10 moments of 2020. 
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Downtowner Online: The Best of 2020
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

2020 wasn't the year that any of us expected. Despite everything that happened, there were still positive things that came out of 2020. Let's take a look at the top 10 Downtown San Jose moments of 2020 before we kiss this year goodbye. 

We've all faced challenges this year, as individuals, as businesses and as a community. Through the struggles, we have seen many moments where the community has come together to help each other through this difficult time. 

Thank you for all we've learned and achieved together this year, Downtown San Jose. Let's keep the spirit going. Here's to 2021! 

10. J Boog Crowned BEST Music in the Park Show Ever
Although we had to cancel our Music in the Park shows this year, we got the chance to virtually put fan favorite acts head-to -head to compete for the title of BEST Music in the Park show ever! You voted, we listened and J Boog made history as the ultimate MITP winner!

Check out the scoreboard to see how it all went down. What do you think of this victory?
9. Up on the Roof presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union
When indoor movies were no longer an option, SJDA and 3Below Theaters took things outdoors. We safely brought together a community of movie lovers Up on the Roof for meaningful movie experiences complete with dinner and treats. Special thank you to First Tech Federal Credit Union and Airfield Supply for their support. 
8. New Murals Throughout Downtown San Jose
Murals, murals and more murals beautify downtown streets, buildings and windows. It’s easy to find a mural when you're downtown. Just look around! 
From Local Color's RiseSJ murals and Hella Gardens window art to PMBQ repainting the panda mural to Patrick Hofmeister's huge Third Street parking garage mural, there's plenty of art to admire when you're in downtown San Jose.  
7. Downtown Doors Beautify Street Life
When you’re walking around downtown San Jose, you’re bound to find a painted door or utility box. Since 2003, the annual Downtown Doors art program beautifies downtown street life and gives high school students a chance to share their views through high-quality art with the community. We have 10 new doors/utility boxes coming very soon! Stay tuned! 

Our virtual Downtown Doors reception in June was recorded and you can watch it here
6. Statues Masking Up
Lead by example. That’s exactly what President William McKinley and Quetzacoatl did. They put on their masks and practiced social distancing.

Remember to always grab your mask when you're out dining, shopping, exercising or visiting our Holiday Lights. 
5. Rebuild Downtown San Jose Campaign
Our Rebuild Campaign could not have been possible without you. Thanks to donations from the downtown community, we were able to hand checks totaling more than $30,000 to 18 small downtown businesses struggling from damages due to civil unrest. Special thanks to Ashton and Farran Chevallier in partnership with Archie Garcia and Abdul Momeni. 

Read more about this campaign and the 18 businesses here.
4. Light the Holiday Nights
The holidays looked different this year without our iconic annual Downtown Ice rink, but we still made sure to safely bring the holiday spirit to downtown. If you haven’t seen our holiday lights at Plaza de Cesar Chavez yet, make sure you stop by before it closes Jan. 3. There are also illuminations on buildings along First Street from the SoFA District to the Historic District and at St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

Remember to grab takeout or a sweet treat before you head home!
3. New Businesses Opening
We’re so excited to have these new businesses join us. It isn’t easy opening a new business during a pandemic but these owners are resilient. Welcome to downtown San Jose: PlantLush, Paper Moon Cafe, Holy Cannoli, Nirvana Soul Coffee, Petiscos Adega, Scott's Chowder House and San Jose Made & MOMENT pop-up shops.

We're excited to have you all be a vibrant part of the downtown community. 
2. Al Fresco Dining
Although outdoor dining is discontinued for now, let’s applaud our downtown restaurants for quickly and properly adapting to al fresco dining to continue serving the community.

Throughout downtown, we’ve witnessed restaurants transform their spaces into creative, exciting dining areas. Help these restaurants survive this difficult time by dining local when you can. 
1. What Was Your Favorite Moment?
At the top of our list is YOUR favorite moment of 2020. Find us on Facebook and Instagram and let us know what YOUR favorite moment of 2020 is and why. 

None of these highlights of 2020 would have been possible without our downtown community. This year was unexpected and tough, but we are fighting through it together. 

Stay safe, stay strong and we'll see you next year! Cheers! 
Virtual New Year's Eve Events
Children's Discovery Museum - Noon Year's Eve
Dec. 31, 11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Happy Hollow - Noon Year's Eve Surprise
Dec. 31, 11:30 am
Opera San Jose - The Parting Glass
Dec. 31, 6:30 pm
San Jose Stage - Kiss 2020 Goodbye 
Dec. 31 - Jan. 3
Ashley's Picks
This year, #DTSJ’s arts, music and cultural scene has shown creative ways to stay active during times of uncertainty. Local businesses have continued to provide safe ways to shop during shelter in place including SJ Made’s Moment Shop in San Pedro Square, KALEID Gallery, Needle to the Groove, Plantlush and various pop-ups shops. San Jose Jazz Live From Home, Art Boutiki’s livestream series and SoFA Music Festival bring local artists to your living room. Museums will remain closed into the new year, but many offer a variety of virtual experiences including San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles’ “Textile Talks” and San Jose Museum of Art’s #MuseumFromHome initiative. 
During the Holidays
Looking for new ways to support local restaurants while staying safe? Come check out the Chef's Market brought to you by Chef Rodney Baca that's bringing together local restaurants in a parking lot in SoFA. You can pre-order from any (or all) of the restaurants and pick up with touch less delivery at the drive thru. Check out more.
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