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We're wrapping up 2020. Here is what's in store for the rest of the season. 
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Downtowner Online: Dec 16 - 22
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

It's our last week of the Farmers' Market and Holiday Market so please visit your favorite booths one last time before the end of the season. Safely celebrate the season by looking at the many light exhibits throughout downtown San Jose. Also, don't forget to enter our weekly holiday giveaway here!

There won't be a Downtowner Online going out next week, but we have a special edition e-newsletter for you on Dec. 30 to kiss 2020 goodbye.

Make it the safest and happiest holiday you can!

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
#dtsjholidays - Light the Holiday Nights
Let's end 2020 with happy spirits and bright lights. We're celebrating the holidays differently this year with our new Light the Holiday Nights public space activation. As you stroll through downtown after shopping or picking up takeout, walk through Plaza de Cesar Chavez for this passive, festive light experience. Surround yourself with the colorful trees, twinkling lights, glowing arches and holiday joy. We hope these colorful lights brighten your spirits and bring a smile to your face. 2020 was a heavy year. Slow down and take a moment to feel light, love and holiday cheer. 
Right down the street from Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park is St. Joseph’s Cathedral. While you're downtown, drive by to see the nightly video projections and festive illuminations give the cathedral a different look.

To bring more light and color to downtown, a number of other buildings will be illuminated this week creating a path of lights along First Street from the SoFA District to the Historic District.
Some buildings to look out for: 
  • 300 S. First Street - First and San Carlos
  • The Fairmont Hotel Annex along First Street
  • The Pavilion - 150 S. First Street
  • 50 W. San Fernando - First and San Fernando
  • Security and Leticia Buildings at 70 S. First Street
  • Bamboo Panda Mural - First and San Fernando
Also, the City Hall Rotunda and Tower at 200 E. Santa Clara Street will be lit in a variety of colors this month to acknowledge the various cultural holidays such as Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Diá de Los Reyes. 
It's still the most wonderful time of the year! Our gift to you this holiday season is our Downtown for the Holidays weekly giveaway. We picked our first winner last week. You still have a chance to win a taste of downtown, a staycation or an art adventure. Good luck! Enter here
#dtsjopen - Pizza My Heart
Everybody loves pizza. Pizza My Heart is a downtown San Jose favorite, well known to SJSU students, families and the community. Hear this special message from General Manager Paula about what she misses most about downtown during this difficult time. 
 
Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market & Holiday Market - Final Week
Drop by the Farmers' Market and Holiday Market one last time Friday from 10 am to 2 pm before it closes for the season. The Market booths will be dressed up with festive holiday decorations and you can judge which booth wins best makeover! Shop fresh produce, hot food and artisan goods. We appreciate our local farmers and artisans coming out each week from the start of June, despite the temporary poor air quality, constantly changing regulations and uncertain attendance.  Thanks also to you for supporting your favorite farmers and booths.
Tackle last minute gift shopping at our Holiday Market. Select from beautiful, handcrafted, artistic pieces that your friends and family will love. While you're there, browse the Moment shops for even more unique, handmade gifts and treasures.

If you want more retail options and to support small businesses, check out our shop local list of open retail in downtown.  Our small businesses are what make our community special, so let's make sure they are here to stay.
#DTSJ Restaurants - Holiday Meals & Cookies
The holidays are always a busy time with gift shopping, wrapping and decorating. Take some of the stress off your plate by pre-ordering Back-A-yard Caribbean Grill's holiday meals. Their holiday meals are made from scratch, arrive packaged and chilled and are ready to heat up to serve 8-10 people. Enjoy a delicious turkey with classic sides, followed by dessert. Pre-order now through Dec. 19. 
One of the best parts of the holidays is dessert! Sweeten up your day with festively decorated cookies from Nox Cookie Bar. Made with delicious sugar cookie dough, decorated with a sweet vanilla flavored icing and cut into fun holiday shapes, these cookies will bring holiday cheer to the whole family. Order you and your family a box!

Please check our list of open downtown restaurants when you're thinking of ordering takeout or delivery or purchasing gift cards. Dine Local.
Arts - Holiday Shows That Bring You Joy
Opera San Jose - Three Decembers
Dec. 3 - Jan. 10
Details
A Christmas Carol: On Air
Dec. 4 - 31 (Save $5 with code BSJCAROL)
Details
City Lights Theater Company - Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War
Streaming Now (Free)
Details
3Below - The MeshugaNutcracker!
Streaming Now on BroadwayHD
Details
City Lights Theater - Coded: The Virtual Experience
Now Streaming (Free)
Details
City Lights Theater - The Next Stage: Theater Critic Lily Janiak
Dec. 20, 7 pm
Details
Hammer Theatre - The San Jose Nutcracker: Home for the Holidays
Dec. 12 - 31
Details
Christmas in the Park Drive-Thru
Until Jan. 3
Details
San Jose Dance Theatre - The Nutcracker
Dec. 14 - 25
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City Lights Theater Company - A Christmas Carol 
Dec. 15 - Jan. 3
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The Story of the Holidays
Until Jan. 3, every evening from 4 - 10 pm
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Steinway Society - Vyacheslav Gryaznov
Dec. 18 - 21
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SoFA Holiday Special
Dec. 20, 7 pm
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Broadway San Jose - Celtic Thunder Christmas Concert 
Dec. 23 - 26
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San Jose Stage - Jane Austen's PERSUASION
Dec. 23 - 27
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San Jose Stage - Kiss 2020 Goodbye 
Dec. 31 - Jan. 3
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This Sunday - Santa Run Silicon Valley
Santa Run Silicon Valley is an annual holiday tradition and this year is no exception. Santa Run is going virtual! Spots filled up quick and the virtual 5K is now sold out, but you can still register for the "Race Wrap Only" event, which still registers you for the 5K and supports charities and seasonal events. Register, grab your mask and go outside on Sunday to celebrate virtually with the downtown community. You'll even receive some fun race swag!  Send your Santa Run selfies to us at sjda@sjdowntown.com.  Have a great run. 
Other Essentials - Rent A Tree for Christmas & Laptop Donation
If having a Christmas tree is a holiday essential in your household, consider renting a tree from Our City Forest to celebrate the holidays in a sustainable way. Choose from a variety of non-traditional species to take home this month. Return them at the end of the season and they will continue to grow in the streets and neighborhoods of our community. Learn more.
If you would like to help other have access to tech essentials like laptops, please consider donating to the San Jose Library's laptop drive. Donated laptops will provide students, families and other Library program participants with access to the technology they need to thrive. Donations are accepted through Jan. 9 and can be made at any of SJPL's 24 Express Pickup locations, Monday-Saturday from 1-6 pm. 
San Jose Love Stories - Thank You Groundwerx
San Jose Love Stories highlight acts of kindness by our community for our community. This week, we dedicate our Love Story to Groundwerx. The Groundwerx Crew is responsible for cleaning up and beautifying downtown San Jose. They're the ones who are always out and about downtown in bright orange and green shirts.

Throughout this pandemic and on top of their regular duties, Groundwerx has done so much behind-the-scenes work to keep downtown safe, clean and sanitized for the community. During the holidays, the Groundwerx crews will be out in force, picking up trash, scraping gum, sanitizing handrails, watering planters, removing graffiti, serving the community and making you and I feel safe when we're ordering takeout, visiting the holiday lights and shopping at the Farmers' Market.

From the start of the pandemic in March, Groundwerx has
  • Pressure-washed for 5,761 hours
  • Swept for 12,116 hours
  • Removed 4 ounces of gum
  • Abated 12,072 instances of graffiti
  • Removed 373,400 pounds of trash and debris
This work isn't easy and we are so thankful and grateful that we have Groundwerx to take care of our downtown. Download the Groundwerx Everywhere app for  iPhones or Android to report graffiti and things that need to be cleaned within the district. For service during the holidays, call (408) 287-1520.  To learn more about Groundwerx and the services they provide, visit here.
Mountain West Championship Game -- SJSU vs. Boise State
1:15 p.m. on Saturday
History is in the making as #25 San Jose State Football heads to the Mountain West Championship Game for the first time! San Jose State (6-0, 6-0 Mountain West) will host Boise State (5-1, 5-0 Mountain West) in the Mountain West football championship game this Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1:15 pm in Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Fox (Channel 2) will televise the game. GO SPARTANS! 

Show your support and team spirit at the virtual pep rally on Friday at noon.
Ashley's Picks
This Thursday, join San Jose Museum of Art and Mosaic Silicon Valley for an online holiday dance party featuring music from all around the globe including Bollywood, K-pop, Latin pop and much more! CreaTV presents “DocuMentorMe'' this Friday, a screening and filmmaker Q&A featuring a series of documentaries by members of the local LGBTQ+ community. Round out your holiday shopping this Saturday at Plant Cultura San Jo’s pop-up shop at Paper Moon Cafe - enjoy a warm holiday drink while you browse the wide variety of plants.
So Much More to Look Forward to...
2020 wasn't the year that any of us expected. Despite everything that happened, there were still positive things that came out of 2020. As we all gear up for the New Year, we have something special for you on Dec. 30 as we all kiss 2020 goodbye. Stay tuned! 
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