Santa Goes Green

Just like you, Santa looks forward to celebrating the holidays at Christmas in the Park each year. To ensure our favorite holiday tradition is sustainable for future generations, Santa is excited to announce that the Park is Bright Green!

Ten years ago, Christmas in the Park made the switch from the old, power-eating Christmas lights to the energy-efficient LED Christmas lights. Back then, LED lights were still in the experimental stage, but Christmas in the Park jumped at the opportunity to save energy and go green.

After switching to LED lights, Christmas in the Park cut their power consumption down by 70 percent, leading the way for a more efficient, bright green San José. The City of San José has certified Christmas in the Park as a 'Zero Waste Event.' Be sure to check back to see how we plan to “Go Green” in 2012.

GO GREEN WITH SANTA WITH THESE HOLIDAY TIPS!

  • Tip 1: Shop this season with reusable bags and help reduce waste!

  • Tip 2: Buy holiday cards made from recycled paper with post-consumer content.

  • Tip 3: Choose a living Christmas tree that you can plant outside. For more information, visit www.ourcityforest.org.

  • Tip 4: Create your own holiday gift bags with festive fabric.

  • Tip 5: Make gift tags from last year's holiday cards or write your greetings on the box.

  • Tip 6: Kids can have fun creating their own wrapping paper by decorating reused paper bags.

  • Tip 7: Avoid disposable plates, cups, and utensils for holiday meals – you’ll reduce the waste going to landfill.

  • Tip 8: Learn to compost fruit and vegetable scraps – visit www.reducewaste.org.

  • Tip 9: In San José, after the holidays, we'll compost your Christmas tree – just place it curbside for collection. Learn more at www.sjrecycles.org/resident.

  • Tip 10: Use energy-conserving LED lights on your Christmas tree.

  • Tip 11: Instead of battery-powered toys and games, give kids an experience to enjoy.

  • Tip 12: For the person who has everything, donate to a charity on their behalf.

  • Tip 13: Give your holiday cookies and treats in reusable containers.

  • Tip 14: Give a car wash gift certificate this season -- you'll conserve water and keep dirty, sudsy wash water from reaching storm drains that flow into local creeks.

  • Tip 15: Please pick up after your pet and place pet waste in the garbage – this keeps pet waste from washing into storm drains that flow to local creeks.

  • Tip 16: Create a low-cost yard that saves on water, chemicals and maintenance. Transform your yard into a sustainable landscape – learn how by touring the new Nature's Inspiration Gardens Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Courtyard.

  • Tip 17: This season, enjoy a beautiful walk with friends or family at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Tip 18: Conserve water when doing dishes! Scrape plates instead of pre-rinsing, then run the dishwasher only when it's full – you'll save 20 gallons!

  • Tip 19: Avoid putting food waste in the garbage disposal -- it uses extra water and can result in clogged pipes.

  • Tip 20: Conserve water! In the fall, reduce lawn watering by half and stop completely when the winter rains come along.

  • Tip 21: Instead of buying disposable water bottles, use large pitchers of tap water flavored with sliced lemons.

  • Tip 22: Protect our Bay and never flush medicines down a drain or toilet. Drop unwanted medicines at your local Sherriff's office or Valley Health Center Pharmacy.

  • Tip 23: To prevent sewer backups, always put fats, oil, and grease in the trash, not down the drain.

  • Tip 24: Never flush baby wipes or wipes of any kind--even if the container says they are "flushable." Put them in the trash instead.