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Our 25th annual Christmas in July is in the books and it may have just been the best yet! An amazing buffet dinner by Cosmopolitan Catering, drinks from Joseph George, live music and dancing by LiveWire, plus an auction that included a stay at the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii, round-trip tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies, diamond earrings from Dynasty Jewelers, a Joseph George/SCG FoodSpace wine tasting and suite tickets to the College Football Championship Game this January made the night unforgettable. However, it was a few surprises that really made an impact. Southwest Airlines gifted 10,000 Rapid Rewards Points to each attendee (see full press release below) and Ecko Worldwide Transportation provided an airport voucher as an additional gift. A zip-line, keg racers, silent auction and the setting that was a gorgeous night at History Park made for one amazing evening. What to see some photos from the event? Our friends at SanJoseStock.com were on-site and pictures are now up here: www.sanjosestock.com/Christmas-in-July-2018

Press Release

Southwest Airlines® Surprises Guests at Fundraiser

SAN JOSE, CA – July 23, 2018 – Christmas in the Park is excited to announce that Southwest® has extended its relationship with Christmas in the Park for an additional year as presenting sponsor for the San Jose tradition. The extension, which continues through January 2019, amounts to a three-year partnership and encompassing the 40th anniversary of Christmas in the Park in 2019.

"We’re thrilled with Southwest’s continuing support of Christmas in the Park and their extension through 2019” said Executive Director Jason Minsky.

As presenting sponsor of Christmas in the Park since the non-profit took full control of the event in 2011, Southwest’s presence in 2017 included the creation of the Southwest Lounge; a place for family and friends to sit and relax while visiting the park. In addition to an opening night Rapid Rewards® promotion, the airline also gave out ornaments at the annual “Stuff the Bus” toy drive for the US Marine Reserves Toys for Tots program.

Following the announcement at the annual Christmas in July event, Southwest also surprised guests with a gift of 10,000 Rapid Rewards® bonus points.

“I was so excited! What a great treat for everyone at the event,” said one attendee.

“Southwest is excited to play a part in connecting Californians with this community tradition in San Jose,” said Kelsey Boardsen, Experiential Marketing and Sponsorships for Southwest Airlines. “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary offering low fares from San Jose, this continued investment in what’s important to San Jose remains a priority for Southwest and our local Employees..”

Christmas in July has raised more than a million dollars during the past 25 years and has drawn more than 500 people over the weekend. Featuring live music, a full buffet dinner from Cosmopolitan Catering, live and silent auctions, and even a 200-foot zip-line, the event also featured a wide variety of drinks from Joseph George fine wines.

About Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is a 501c3 non-profit organization that manages a holiday event in the 2.5 acre Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park in Downtown San Jose. The event consists of more than 550 decorated Christmas trees, over 40 animated displays/exhibits, visits with Santa, nightly entertainment and more all free of charge for the community.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

In its 48th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 57,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually, in recent years. Southwest became the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. During peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 100 destinations in the United States and ten additional countries. Southwest has announced its intention to sell tickets in 2018 for service to Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals.

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Southwest Airlines® Becomes Presenting Sponsor of Christmas in July

SAN JOSE, CA – June 18, 2018 – Christmas in the Park is excited to announce Southwest® as presenting sponsor of “Christmas in July,” the largest fundraiser for San Jose’s Christmas in the Park.

"We’re thrilled with Southwest’s continuing support of Christmas in the Park and now our 25th annual Christmas in July event” said Executive Director Jason Minsky.

The first presenting sponsor for Christmas in the Park since the non-profit took full control of the event in 2011, Southwest had an amazing presence in 2017 at the event including the creation of the Southwest Lounge; a place to sit and relax with family and friends when visiting the park. In addition to an opening night Rapid Rewards® promotion, the airline also gave out ornaments at the annual “Stuff the Bus” toy drive for the US Marine Reserves Toys for Tots program.

“Southwest is excited to play a part in connecting Californians to an important community tradition in San Jose,” said Kelsey Boardsen, Experiential Marketing and Sponsorships for Southwest Airlines. “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary bringing low fares to San Jose, a continued investment in San Jose remains a priority for Southwest and our local SJC Employees..”

Christmas in July has raised more than one million dollars over the past 25 years and is expected to draw over 500 people in 2018. Featuring live music, a full buffet dinner from Cosmopolitan Catering, live and silent auction and even a 200-foot zip-line, the event also will have a wide variety of drinks from Joseph George fine wines. With more fun added this year like a TapSnap photo booth, the event has some special surprizes in store for attendees as well. Table and individual ticket purchases can be made at ChristmasInThePark.com.

Event Information:

Date: Saturday, July 21

Location: History Park, San Jose CA.

Time: 5:30pm-10:30pm

More info: ChristmasInThePark.com

About Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is a 501c3 non-profit organization that manages a holiday event in the 2.5 acre Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park in Downtown San Jose. The event consists of more than 550 decorated Christmas trees, over 40 animated displays/exhibits, visits with Santa, nightly entertainment and more all free of charge for the community.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

In its 48th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 55,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 115 million passengers annually, in recent years. Southwest became the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. During peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 100 destinations in the United States and ten additional countries. Southwest has announced its intention to sell tickets in 2018 for service to Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals.

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Southwest Airlines® Becomes Presenting Sponsor of the San Jose Tradition Christmas in the Park

SAN JOSE, CA – November 7, 2017 – Christmas in the Park is excited to announce Southwest® as presenting sponsor of “Christmas in the Park,” a San Jose tradition that has occupied Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park during the holidays since 1980.

"We’re thrilled with Southwest’s support, sustaining an event that brings half a million members of our community together to celebrate the holiday spirit. We’re also grateful that Southwest flies from SJC to more destinations than Rudolph and the rest of the flying reindeer” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo.

This is the first presenting sponsor for Christmas in the Park since the non-profit took full control of the event in 2011.

“Southwest is excited to play a part in connecting Californians to an important community tradition in San Jose,” said Kelsey Boardsen, Experiential Marketing and Sponsorship for Southwest Airlines. “Investing in San Jose, a high priority city for Southwest, is incredibly important.”

"Southwest has stepped forward to help support Christmas in the Park not just for 2017, but also for 2018 and hopefully beyond that as well," said Christmas in the Park Executive Director Jason Minsky, who has been leading the organizations efforts since 2012. “We are really looking forward to adding to our guest experience and Southwest is really helping to make that happen” added Minsky.

Event Information

Date: Friday, November 24 – January 7, 2018

Time: Opening ceremonies start at 6:00pm on the 24th and the event is open from 9:00am until midnight every day.

More info: ChristmasInThePark.com

About Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is a 501c3 non-profit organization that manages a holiday event in the 2.5 acre Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park in Downtown San Jose. The event consists of more than 550 decorated Christmas trees, over 40 animated displays/exhibits, visits with Santa, nightly entertainment and more all free of charge for the community.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

In its 47th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 55,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 115 million passengers annually, in recent years. Southwest became the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. During peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 100 destinations in the United States and ten additional countries. Southwest has announced its intention to sell tickets in 2018 for service to Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals.

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