Say no to traffic. Stay local. Celebrate local. Shop local. San Jose has shopping and holiday activities for all ages and tastes and loads of unique experiences to share with your loved ones. Below are just a few key shopping opportunities as well as unique holiday activities and traditions found only in the South Bay.

Retail with a Twist

Here are some great options for shoppers looking for a traditional retail experience.

  • Santana Row: This South Bay favorite has both shopping and events like the Holiday Maker‚Äôs Market in the Park (Dec 3) and Silicon Valley-centric experiences like the Tesla Showroom.
  • Westfield Valley FairLocated right across the street from Santana Row, this local shopping center offers high-end retail experiences along with unique opportunities to ‚ÄúShop Small/Local‚Äù like the Local Artisan Market Pop-Up, which features 10 different local food producers and crafters (now thru end of year).
  • Eastridge Center: This local shopping center offers both traditional holiday opportunities like photos with Santa [and photos with Santa while dressed as your favorite super hero] to Pet Photos with Santa (Mondays thru end of year).

Only in San Jose/the South Bay

For those looking for the alternative to the traditional, these are a few options you will find only in San Jose.

Give Back for the Holidays

This time of year, some are opting out of the retail experience, instead looking for ways to make an impact. Here are just two of the local organizations – one established, one emerging – both with great impact on our local communities.

  • Second Harvest Food Bank: This local charity is one of the largest of its kind nationwide and feeds a quarter of a million people in the Santa Clara and San Mateo counties every month.
  • Exhibition DistrictThis organization is striving towards covering 40,000 square feet of blank wall space into colorful murals by 2020, making people‚Äôs lives more beautiful and adding beauty to our community.
  • The Tech Museum: This local favorite is hosting a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Bring in five cans between Dec. 10-23 and you will receive a free admission ticket
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