Tree Program - 2021 SOLD OUT!!
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We are happy to announce that all of our trees for our 2021 event will be purchased through Outdoor Supply Hardware in San Jose at a considerable discount. We appreciate their support of our event.


Each year we have a tree decorating contest and each year our tree participants step it up from the previous year. After our panel of judges have walked the park, they have come up with the list of winners.

Best High School Tree

LSU/Folklorico Independence High School
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First Place: LSU/Folklorico Independence High School
Second Place: Mt. Pleasant ASB
Third Place: DCP El Primero

Best Council District Tree

District 3
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First Place: District 3
Second Place: District 5
Third Place: District 4

Best Corporate Tree

Hopkins & Carley
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First Place: Hopkins & Carley
Second Place: Aedis Architecture
Third Place: Raging Waters

Trees are SOLD OUT!!

Have you ever wanted to decorate a tree at Christmas in the Park? This year we have three categories that fit every organization. Community Trees are great for non-profits, community groups, scouts, in memoriam, or general family trees. Sponsor Trees are sold to for-profit organizations of any size. Our High School Trees are part of a separate art contest and are for high school clubs or groups only. The theme for Christmas in the Park this year is "A Very Beary Christmas" and we encourage you to incorporate a bear into your decorations.

Christmas in the Park supplies a 7-8 foot tall tree, 100 LED lights and a sign placed in front of the tree.

Decorating days are November 22, 23, 24 (9:00am - 5:00pm) & 26th (9:00am - Noon). Undecorating will take place January 3, 4 & 5th (9:00am - 5:00pm).

**Our Tree Program is located at Christmas in the Park event at Plaza de Cesar Chavez**

General Guidelines

PARKING: There is no parking around Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park. You may pull into an open space to drop off items only and then must move your vehicle. Please bring a hand-truck or wagon if you have a large amount of decorations to transport.

CHECK IN: Please check-in at the Christmas in the Park info booth to receive your tree number and to obtain your LED lights. See map below for parking and check-in location.

OBTAINING YOUR TREE: You will get your tree assignment when you check-in for decorating. The tree number corresponds to the actual tree you will be decorating. A map will be available at the park. Please do not ask to switch trees.

DECORATIONS: Ornaments should be well made, wind and water-resistant. Avoid using food (i.e., pasta) and paper as ornament decorations, as they will not withstand inclement weather. Keep in mind your tree will be approximately 7 to 8 feet tall. It is recommended that you have a minimum of 80 imaginative ornaments for your tree. Christmas in the Park will provide 100 LED lights. Use sturdy wires to attach ornaments to your tree to prevent them from being blown or knocked off the tree. Groups will need to bring their own tools such as pliers, scissors, small stepladder, etc., to help with the decorating process. Unfortunately, Christmas in the Park will not be able to provide any tools or ladders at that time. Please remember that this is "tree decorating". We will not have room around your tree for large decor items or cutouts.

RESTRICTIONS: Decorations must not contain any inappropriate or offensive language and or symbols. No profanity or inappropriate or offensive decor is allowed on tree decorations.

CONTEST: There will be a Best Overall Tree Decoration contest. All Community, and Sponsor Trees will be considered for this contest and the winning tree, as selected by a panel of judges will have a ribbon/sign placed on the tree distinguishing the winner during the event.

JUDGING: Judging scores are based on (1) Presentation of Theme, (2) Originality/Artistic Skill, (3) Creativity (unusual use of common materials), (4) Total visual appeal with minimum of 80 wind and rain proof ornaments.

SIGNAGE: Christmas in the Park will provide an identification sign for your organization that will be placed at the base of your tree. No other signs will be allowed.

ADULTS: Please be sure members of your organization are closely supervised, especially if you plan to bring small children to the park.

CLOSING OF EVENT: Christmas in the Park ends on Sunday, January 2, 2022. If you would like to keep your decorations, you must un-decorate your tree on your assigned day (Monday January 3rd, Tuesday January 4th or Wednesday January 5th) between 9am and 5pm. Any decorations left after 5pm on January 5th will be discarded.

Additional Information for High School Trees

DECORATING GUIDELINES: All decorating must be completed by 5 PM on Wednesday, November 24, in order to be judged. At least one faculty adviser must be present while decorating. Faculty advisers may not contribute to the decorating- only club, group, and organization members are allowed. Remember that this is "tree decorating" and we may not be able to accommodate decorations, figures or cutouts that require space around your tree . Do not ask to switch trees.

JUDGING: Judging scores are based on (1) Presentation of Theme, (2) Originality/Artistic Skill, (3) Creativity (unusual use of common materials), (4) Total visual appeal with minimum of 80 wind and rain proof ornaments.

Prize: $300

2020 Best Decorated Tree High School Division

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The winning tree in the high school division goes to SCCOE Alternative Education Schools with second place going to Branham High Backstage Bruins and a tie for third going to William C Overfelt-CDE Academy and Xochitl Cultural Abraham Lincoln.

2020 Best Decorated Tree City Council Division

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The winning tree in the San Jose City Council Division goes to Sylvia Arenas - District 8 with second place being awarded to Magdalena Carrasco - District 5 and third place to Lan Diep - District 4.

2020 Best Decorated Tree Sponsor Division

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The best decorated tree in the Sponsor Division is also the winner of the BEST OVERALL Decorated Tree. That award goes to Aedis Architects. Second place in the sponsor division goes to Hopkins & Carley with third being awarded to Amazon.
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