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Take Lyft to Christmas in the Park

We strive to make your Christmas in the Park experience easy and stress-free, including the journey there (and back). That’s why we’ve teamed up with Lyft, the San Francisco-based app that brings you a ride in minutes.

Lyft sends a local driver your way at the tap of a button. Coming with your whole crew? Cool with us. Request a Lyft Plus, and you’ll get matched with a car that seats six.

There is also a special pick-up and drop-off location right at Christmas in the Park, located at the intersection of Park and Market Street and marked with a pink sleigh. Your driver will know where you're headed and where to pick you up.

Even better: New users start with up to $50 in credit. Just download the Lyft app here.


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Parking Map - Click Image

There are plenty of parking lots and street spaces available for you to park in, but remember, Christmas in the Park is a major event in San José, so please plan accordingly. Public transportation or carpooling with friends and family will save you time and money, but if you insist on bringing your own sleigh, make sure you plan where you are going to park so you are not driving around aimlessly as Park-goers dodge in and out of the streets.

Some of the most popular garages for Christmas in the Park are all within walking distance. Rates and fees differ from garage to garage. Check www.sjdowntownparking.com for the City of San Jose parking rates.
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Validated Parking

Although the City of San José offers validated parking downtown, Christmas in the Park does not have a parking validation program. For City of San Jose validation, look for the orange and blue ParkSJ sign at more than 100 participating retailers, restaurants, bars and nightclubs and local business to take advantage of validated parking at the following garages:

  • Third Street Garage (95 N. Third Street, just north of Santa Clara Street)
  • Market/San Pedro Square Garage (45 N. Market Street, between Santa Clara and St. John streets)
  • Fourth Street Garage (44 S. Fourth Street, at San Fernando Street across from the Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr. Library)
  • Second & San Carlos Street Garage (280 S. Second Street, also accessible from South Third Street)
An interactive parking map is available here. Click here to see validation participants.
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Without Validation

Rates in lots and garages open to the public that are owned by private operators are subject to change without notice.

Closest facilities to Christmas in the Park are:
  • Fairmont Plaza Garage, 50 W. San Fernando St., under the ice rink
  • Pavilion Garage at Second and San Fernando streets
  • Central Place Garage and Lot between Second and Third streets at San Fernando
  • Surface lots at Second and San Fernando and San Carlos and South Market streets
  • CityView Plaza Garage, 115 S. Market St.
  • 95 S. Market Garage
  • Valley Title Lot at San Carlos and South Second streets
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Curbside Parking

All curbside spaces surrounding the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park will be blocked off. However, all other metered parking spots will be available for use. Please make sure you park within the dash-marks and pay the proper amount in the meter to avoid a parking ticket.

  • $1 per hour
  • Meters take nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins
  • Majority of metered parking is limited to 1 or 2 hours
  • Downtown meters operate 9am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday
  • Motorcyclists can park FREE on downtown streets in designated areas.
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San José Clean Air Vehicle Program

Drive a sleigh that helps reduce auto emissions and improves the environment? Well, then the City of San José offers you FREE parking at participating municipal off-street parking facilities, on-street meters and San José regional park and recreation lots. Check out http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm to see if your car is eligible.
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Directions

Enter your address in the map below or follow the link on the right for directions to Christmas in the Park.

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