Two of the best attended and most celebrated holiday events in town are the Los Gatos annual tree lighting and the parade, both of which usually happen the first weekend in December.
Annual Town Tree Lighting
This year, the Los Gatos Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Friday, November 30th, at the Town Plaza Park (located at Main & Santa Cruz).
The fun begins at 4:30 pm with music proided by the Los Gatos High School Band. From 5 to 5:30 there will be caroling with the Joyful Sounds Brass Quintet.
Youth awards will be given at 5:30.
At 6pm the tree is lit, and Santa arrives just after to visit with the children until 7pm.
There are refreshments available to purchase (an important fundraiser) at the Chamber of Commerce’s Carriage Ride Booth.
Info for this year’s event on the town’s site: https://www.losgatosca.gov/2510/Holiday-Tree-Lighting
Info from the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce on the tree lighting festivities: http://www.losgatoscommunityfoundation.org/tree.php
The 62nd Annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas/Holidays Parade!
In the morning following the tree lighting, the town’s residents return to the downtown area to line the E Main Street and N Santa Cruz Avenue for the holiday parade. It begins at 11 a.m. December 1st, but the parking is taken a lot sooner than that, so go earlier!
Sponsors: LGS Recreation, Los Gatos Christmas Foundation, Los Gatos Lions club, and the LG Christmas Foundation.
Learn more on the Los Gatos Chamber’s website:
The Los Gatos SoulCycle and mobile dog walking app, Wag!, are showing they’ve got soul with a special Paws & Pedals fundraiser this Saturday, October 6. Cyclists are invited to bring their dogs to class for a free walk with a Wag! walker during their spin workout. For every walk taken (cost is the regular fee of $36), Wag! will donate $25 to Unconditional Love Animal Rescue in Los Gatos to help adoptable dogs. Both attendees and their pups will get a great workout!
The event will take place during the 8:30 am and 9:30 am classes at the Los Gatos SoulCycle located at 212 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030. You can see more details on the Facebook page here.
Each August, the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and W.E. “Bill” Mason Carousel host their End of Summer Night Ride, a pasta dinner fundraiser! This year, the event will be held on Saturday, August 18th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
The carousel and train keep up an active summer season by participating in parades and holiday events (the train always draws a major crowd during the Independence Day celebrations in Oak Meadow) and with more open hours through the long, dry days. Even during the chilly rains of autumn and winter, they celebrate with the Holiday Train run during the Festival of Lights and are open on weekends. But what keeps the carousels running and the trains on track? Volunteers and donations! And they always appreciate more of both.
These popular Los Gatos legacies rely on donations to survive, and there are multiple opportunities throughout the year to spend a little extra time with your favorite local attractions and help them keep doing what we love.
At the very end of the summer season, the railroad and carousel hold their second major fundraiser of the year – the End of Summer Night Ride and Pasta Dinner. Evening activities begin at 5:30pm, and the last train departs at 8:30pm. You can either purchase one combo train and carousel ticket, for one ride on each, at $6, or get the unlimited pass (sold per person) and ride as many times as you want all evening for $18. Remember that children 2 and under ride free with paying adult. Dinner is served from 6-8pm, and a $10 donation will get you a plate piled high with spaghetti and meat sauce, a garden salad or caprese, and garlic bread. Vegetarian options are available, and beverages are an extra fee (beer and wine will be available for purchase). Additional donations are always welcome.
Check out more event details, other events, and regular ticket pricing and open hours on the BJWRR website: https://bjwrr.org/events/
Share your interest in attending or invite your friends on the Night Ride and Pasta Dinner Facebook event page.
Every September, the Town of Los Gatos hosts a free movie at Oak Meadow Park in the month of September for kids and kids-at-heart. This is the annual “Screen on the Green“.
In 2018, the movie will be Hotel Transylvania, and it will be September 28th, 2018. We’ll fill you in on the details when the date gets closer.
~~~~~~~~~~~ Info for the 2017 Screen on the Green is below ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
September 15th’s the night for the 2017 Screen on the Green! Fun activities for children begin at 6:00pm, with train rides, carousel rides, face painting, games and more. The film, Disney’s Moana, will begin at 7:30pm and will be projected onto a 25′ inflatable screen on the meadow. A snack bar will be open from 6:30-8:30pm, so have dinner before or bring a picnic. Bring a picnic and some blankets, then come early to grab a good seat!
Attendees, it is important to bring layers and something low to sit on – blankets, cushions, or low backed lawn chairs, are alright. I always bring a flashlight for after the show. The gopher holes in the lawn are easy to find by accident with your foot.
For additional details, please see the Los Gatos town website page for Screen on the Green:
Each spring, Los Gatos hosts a “Spring into Green” event. The next one will be at the Town Plaza Park on Sunday, April 22, 2018 frp, 10am to 1pm.
The town’s website states “Join us in celebrating environmental sustainability in Los Gatos! Including Earth day, Arbor Day, Keep Los Gatos Beautiful month and Los Gatos’ first year ever as a Tree City US Growth Award recipient.”
There will be face painting, an Arbor Day tree planting, a rock climbing wall, a photo booth, a meet and greet with Smokey the Bear, an opportunity to donate to Goodwill, and of course the every-Sunday Farmer’s Market (which is worth a trip all by itself).
Full details on the town’s website:
On Saturday, March 3rd, Southern Kitchen marks an impressive 25 years of service*. This family-owned restaurant has been providing savory and sweet flavors with a touch of the South on E. Main Street for years – if you don’t know them you should!
Southern Kitchen invites you to celebrate with them, with a ribbon cutting and champagne toast from noon to 1pm (details on the Los Gatos Chamber events page). The restaurant’s web page does not have any information on the event, but it is advertised some on their social media pages. Regular hours should still be in effect, so if you can’t make it Saturday at noon, drop by weekdays from 7am to 2pm and weekends from 7am to 3pm for a scrumptious meal.
Southern Kitchen’s website: http://www.southernkitchenlg.com/
*I just hit my 25th anniversary in real estate, too! Apparently 1993 was a very good year for beginnings!
Mark your calendars, it’s time to clear out your E-Waste! From 9AM to 1PM on February 10th in Saratoga and Campbell, and on February 17th in Los Gatos you can drop off those old and broken electronics, courtesy of West Valley Collection & Recycling. Drop off is free and easy, but come prepared. Restrictions apply to what you can deposit (check the list below), and be ready with your ID to leave your name, address, and phone number, which will be kept confidential but is required by the State of California for E-Waste disposal.
What to Bring:
- External hard drives
- Keyboards and Computer Mouses
- CD, DVD, & Blu-Ray Players
- CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray Discs and VHS tapes
- Electronic Games
- Radios and Stereos
No Appliances, Batteries or Light Bulbs!
Please call (408)283-9250 for questions regarding other drop off items
Where to be?
Here are the drop-off locations as provided by WVC&R.
Drop Off for February 10, 2018 (Saturday) 9am – 1pm
Saratoga Prospect Center
19848 Prospect Rd, Saratoga 95070
Located between Miller Road and Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road
Orchard Community Church
157 E. Rincon Ave, Campbell 95008
Drop Off for February 17, 2018 (Saturday) 9am – 1pm
Calvary Church of Los Gatos
16330 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos 95032
See the event flier here: http://westvalleyrecycles.com/serviceareas/pdf/E-Waste-Feb2018.pdf
Or visit the WVC&R page on E-Waste here: http://westvalleyrecycles.com/serviceareas/singlefamily-universalwaste.html
Art lovers, this one’s for you! JCO Art Haus, an appointment-only gallery near Vasona Park in Los Gatos, will be open to the public for one weekend only selling their curated collection at studio prices. The Very Very Rare Affordable Art Fair goes on Thursday to Sunday, April 26-29 at the studio with a special Artist Meet and Greet on Thursday evening (RSVP required for the meet). The fair will represent local and international artists in a warehouse space.
Whether you’re planning on decorating your new home, or just want to window shop, this is a great opportunity to check out a large collection you might not otherwise see.
For more information and to RSVP, visit the JCO event page at this link: http://www.jcosplace.com/art-fair/
Planning on going? Check in or share your interest on the Facebook Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/314816675694157/permalink/320539011788590/
Hello fabulous Live in Los Gatos Blog readers! Here’s a quick update on a few Los Gatos, Saratoga events coming up in early fall:
- Sat, Sept 23 Eat Drink Los Gatos (expands upon the Fall Wine Walk)
- Sept 30 – Oct 1st Russian Festival – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Saratoga
- Oct 1st 1-4pm Saratoga History Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
- Oct 1st 1pm Saratoga History Free Lecture on the Transcontinental Railroad and Chinese Exclusion Act
- Oct 5-8 Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival
- Oct 6 – 8 St. Mary’s Country Fair
- Oct 8 1-4pm Saratoga History Come Celebrate the India Showcase
- Oct 12 7:30pm Saratoga History Free Film on John Philip Sousa
- Oct 15th noon – 4pm The Club at Los Gatos – Pickleball Tournament
- Oct 28 Saratoga Village Witchy Walk-A-Bout 2pm-4pm – Saratoga’s city site only has old info, but I believe it’s 2-4 on Saturday Oct 28th this year (we’ll update if we can find current info)
Hope to see you at some of these soon!
Need something to do on Labor Day weekend? The Los Gatos Park Dance is back during the holiday weekend – the 5th annual at Oak Meadow Park. The first year over 2000 people attended and it’s been growing ever since!
Los Gatos Park Dance Details
Cost: FREE – courtesy of the Los Gatos Community Foundation
Date & Time: Saturday, September 2nd, 5:00 – 7:15pm
Location: Lyndon Bandstand, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos
Same musical lineup as the last couple of years: The Johnny Neri Band opens for The Houserockers (a Los Gatos band).
What else: to get a good spot, arrive early! Bring a picnic supper. Beer and wine are allowed with meals (no other alcohol). Bring layers, as it cools down once the sun sets. Prepare to dance on the lawn, so wear comfortable shoes and watch out for gopher holes as you leave – they can be hard to spot in the dark.
Parking at Oak Meadow Park is free to town residents, but if you’re a local, you know that it fills up fast. You can park on nearby public streets if that happens, or try Vasona’s parking, which will cost a little.
Learn more about Music in the Park and the Dance through the link: http://lgmip.com/