Fiesta Navideña returns to San Jose’s Mexican Heritage Plaza


After a difficult year and a half, the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza is bringing back the Fiesta Navideña, one of its most popular traditions, this Friday evening.

The pre-Christmas celebration was sidelined last year, but it has drawn huge crowds not only from the East San Jose neighborhood surrounding the plaza but from throughout the region. The visual centerpiece of the event is the towering Christmas tree, which is festively decorated and surrounded by a garden of succulents and poinsettias. The tree was donated by San Jose philanthropist Alcario Castellano, as he has done for more than a decade (including last year, when the tree was displayed outside the plaza on Alum Rock Avenue).

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include a live performance by Septeto Los Amigos, a cumbia ensemble from San Jose, and a dance recital by Los Lupeños Academy folklórico classes, as well as a performance by Los Lupeños de San Jose. A new addition this year is a vendor market that will showcase local merchants, in addition to arts-and-crafts activities for kids and the tree lighting ceremony.

It’s all free to attend, and you can get more information at

HOLIDAYS IN WILLOW GLEN: The pedicab drivers from EcoCity Cycles will be out in force this weekend and next weekend providing half-hour tours of the neighborhood decorations. It’s $35 per person (kids under 6 ride for free) and tickets can be purchased at And if you’re just hoofin’ it along Lincoln Avenue, you won’t be alone, either, as Santa Claus will be strolling around on both weekends, too.

Hicklebee’s is well-known as a gem in San Jose and the Bay Area, and now it’s an ornament, too. The Lincoln Avenue bookstore is featured along with Santa in a glass globe in this year’s Willow Glen holiday ornament, the 10th in the neighborhood series. Unfortunately, supply chain issues may keep the ornament from arriving at Lincoln Avenue merchants before Christmas.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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