San Jose's Christmas in the Park transforms into drive-thru due to COVID-19


San Jose’s Christmas in the Park is starting up once again, but like everything else this year, it’s had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In years past, Christmas in the Park meant a stroll through San Jose’s Plaza De Ceasar Chavez. This year, it’s taking place at History Park, and it’s a drive-thru.

San Jose's Christmas in the Park turns into a drive-thru due to COVID-19.
Photo credit Keith Menconi/KCBS Radio

“The reason for that change is COVID-19 and everything else that 2020 has thrown at us,” said the executive director of the event, Jason Minksy.

Minsky told KCBS Radio that even if guests can’t get up close and personal with the Christmas displays this year, they’ll have no problem spotting them.

“We’ve added 160,000 new pixel lights to our event,” he said. “They take the shape of archways, and tunnels, and forests, and walls, and singing and dancing characters.”

Christmas in the Park in San Jose turns into a drive-thru
Photo credit Keith Menconi/KCBS Radio

Plus, all of the lights are synced up to Christmas music that attendees can tune into on their car radio.

Despite the changes, folks were grateful that this beloved San Jose tradition found a way to continue, even in 2020.

“You know, we have to adjust to the times and we have to be safe,” said one woman.

Christmas in the Park runs through early January.