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Where is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas (near San Jose)?
December 14, 2010 12:40 PM   Subscribe

Where are the best places to see Christmas lights in the San Francisco Bay Area? Consistently-extravagant neighborhoods are best, but dedicated displays are okay too. They can be free or pay-to-enter. Bonus points for not being too far from San Jose (by car). Thanks!
posted by stufflebean to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
Christmas Tree Lane in Palo Alto is impressive. Park some blocks away and walk over - it can get a bit insane but worth it.
posted by marylynn at 12:44 PM on December 14, 2010


Parts of Willow Glen are nice, and I found a nice bunch of google maps with South Bay Xmas lights.
posted by rhizome at 1:10 PM on December 14, 2010


Casa del Pomba in Livermore.
posted by jenfullmoon at 1:19 PM on December 14, 2010


It's not close to San Jose, but the El Cerrito Christmas Display is really impressive (particularly since it was the work of just one guy). And EC's good for Christmas lights in general.
posted by asterix at 1:47 PM on December 14, 2010


A bit closer to you is the display at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 2:42 PM on December 14, 2010


Eucalyptus st in San Carlos is nice too.
posted by hammurderer at 8:08 PM on December 14, 2010


Thompson Avenue, off High Street in Alameda.
posted by duckus at 9:00 PM on December 14, 2010


Picardy Drive, in Oakland!
It's a trip for you but maybe combine it with some other goodness, like heading over to the City for outdoor ice skating at the Embarcadero in SF.

You may also find this site useful- all the displays in the Greater Bay Area and Sacramento.
posted by oneirodynia at 9:54 AM on December 15, 2010


Christmas Tree Lane in Palo Alto is impressive. Park some blocks away and walk over

Oh, I must disagree -- the best way is after turning off Embarcadero, cruise very slowly along Fulton with Christmas music playing on your car's stereo. I suggest no headlights, parking lights only, and many fellow travelers seem to agree. People driving the other (wrong) way with their headlights blazing really lessens the atmosphere -- don't be one of them. Note that shortly after Christmas Day, the red filters are removed from the streetlights, so it's not as good then.
posted by Rash at 1:27 PM on December 15, 2010


Thanks for the answers, everyone! We ended up running out of time to go check places out (with family in town), so I can't say for sure which suggestions are the best. We should be able to check them out next year, and if we end up having a good time, I'll come back and mark best answers.
posted by stufflebean at 5:41 PM on January 16, 2011


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