We've got the treats, lights and activities to put you in the holiday spirit!
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Downtowner Online: Dec 2 - 8
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

We've got a bunch of at-home holiday activities to get you in the holiday spirit this week. Whether it's tasty treats, unique gifts or creative activities you're looking for, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

When you're strolling around downtown in the evening, make sure to drop by Plaza de Cesar Chavez to see all the twinkling lights and our stylized holiday tree!

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
Light the Holiday Nights
Have you gone downtown to see the lights yet? We're celebrating the holidays differently this year with our new Light the Holiday Nights public space activation. This passive, festive light experience is meant to brighten your evening as you stroll through the heart of downtown at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. After shopping or dining downtown, stop by the park with your family to take photos and be surrounded by glowing trees, arches and holiday joy. Our 26-foot-tall stylized holiday tree will light the night every evening until Jan. 3. We hope these colorful lights brighten your spirits and bring a smile to your face. 
#dtsjopen - Fiber Art & Makerspace with the Quilt Museum
Get warm, cozy and creative at home with SJMQT's #Museum FromHome Fiber Art 101 and Makerspace tutorials. Learn how to knit blankets, sew, embroider, quilt and much more from the safety and comfort of your own couch. Hear this special message from Shannon Knepper over at the Quilt Museum!
Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market & Holiday Market
The Farmers' Market and Holiday Market are open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at San Pedro Square! Whether you're shopping for produce and delicious pastries or holiday gifts for your loved ones, the Market has it all. Take your pick of fresh fruits and vegetables to make cozy, comfort meals this holiday season. Then stroll along the Moment shops and artisan booths to shop unique, handcrafted gifts for your family and friends.
Shop Designs by Maureen for jewelry, cutting boards, self care gifts and more! Harji Naturals has all natural soaps and deodorants for you to feel your best. Bring home freshly cut flowers from Michelle's Creations to decorate your home. When in doubt of what to give, write a heartfelt card purchased from Holiday Pop. There's a special gift for every special someone in your life. Come visit the Market to see the rest of the artisans! 

If you want more retail options and to support small businesses, check out our list of open retail in downtown to shop local
#DTSJ Restaurants - Holiday Treats from Candy Kitchen
It's not the holiday without some sweets. Bring home ice cream and other treats from Candy Kitchen without even leaving your home! Try their chocolate-dipped treats, including chocolate covered strawberries, bananas, marshmallows and rice krispies. Grab a blanket and a spoon and get cozy on the couch with your gourmet popcorn, homemade fudge, ice cream and caramel apples. Their treats are always freshly made in their kitchen and ready for pick up or delivery when you order online. 
Arts - Museum from Home & Three Decembers
You can still enjoy art from the safety of your home. San José Museum of Art (SJMA) continues to offer virtual programs through their Museum from Home page. Watch past arts programs, see behind-the-scenes photos and learn how to create art using household items.

Give the gift of creativity with something from SJMA's online Museum Store. Find exclusive and thoughtfully-designed items inspired by artists in SJMA’s permanent collection. Buy a face mask, puzzle, mug or coloring book featuring your favorite artwork from the museum. 

Discover more about your favorite artists and exhibitions with virtual Facebook First Fridays. This Friday at 6 pm, join SJMA for an online book-reading, along with hot cocoa recipes and holiday card making! Free. 
Opera San Jose brings you the holiday production of "Three Decembers" streaming online from Dec. 3 - 31. World-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham stars in this drama about a famous stage actress and her two adult children trying to connect over the holidays. "Three Decembers" combines classic American opera with a touch of musical theatre razzle-dazzle for the ultimate holiday production. Tickets.
Outdoor Activities - Our City Forest Workshops
It's always greening season over at Our City Forest. If you want to get out of the house, help beautify the community and get in a small workout, become a volunteer at Our City Forest. Check their calendar to see when they do their tree care watering, residential tree planting, nursery workday and lawn busters workday. Remember to grab your mask! 

On Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 11 am, join Our City Forest's free online workshop to learn how you can decorate your Christmas tree with zero waste. 
Other Essentials - La Plaza Free Food Distribution
The School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza (La Plaza) is here to support our community. They host food distribution events and no-cost COVID testing every first and third Monday of the month from 10 am - 12 pm. La Plaza, in partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Food Bank, has provided food for over 1,000 families a month. On Monday, Dec. 8, stop by to pick up your free groceries!
San Jose Love Stories - Recovery Cafe San Jose
San Jose Love Stories highlight acts of kindness by our community for our community. Recovery Cafe San Jose is a healing community for those dealing with addiction, homelessness and mental health challenges, and they are committed to supporting those in recovery during this pandemic. Since the end of March, Recovery Cafe SJ has served and personally delivered 5,619 meals to the community.

If you're in need of support, Recovery Cafe's membership is free and open to all. They also offer recovery programs and job training opportunities, along with daily community meals and latte hours. 

To help write this love story, you can join RCSJ's community for recovery help, get involved with RCSJ by volunteering/donating or simply by learning more about their mission, history and team to see how you fit in. It's these selfless, heartwarming acts of kindness that bring out the community spirit during the holidays. 
SJDA Year in Review 2020 Meeting
SJDA’s annual year-in-review presentation will be virtual this year on Friday, Dec. 11, starting at 8:15 am. This meeting will also include the Golden Nail presentation and a farewell to SJDA and PBID Board of Directors members reaching the end of their terms. Stay tuned on our Facebook for updates. Register for this meeting here.
Ashley's Picks
This Thursday, San Jose Jazz’s Live From Home welcomes Taimane performing songs in her original sound and style with her instrument of choice, the ukulele. Holiday shopping season is in full swing, and you can support local makers and businesses in many ways. Every Friday, safely stroll the Downtown Farmers’ Market and Holiday Market showcasing local artisan vendors’ handcrafted goods. The Tabard Theatre will bring the soaring vocal harmonies, tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting of Misner & Smith to your home for a live virtual event this Sunday.
So Much More to Look Forward to...
San Jose State (4-0, 4-0 Mountain West) is set to go against Hawai'i (3-3, 3-3 Mountain West) this Saturday, Dec. 5 at 1 pm (PT). Location is TBD. Tune into Spectrum Sports to watch it go down. 

It's holiday season! Here are some events you can look forward to:
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