Virtual WineFest: Tasting Fundraiser by the Los Gatos Rotary!

Los Gatos Rotary Club Virtual WineFest & Auction 2022While the annual CrabFest is postponed another year, the Rotary Club of Los Gatos is continuing a new tradition with their 2nd annual Virtual WineFest & Auction! Save the date for Saturday, January 29th at 5pm!

This year’s event centers around gourmet bites and Argentinian wines (or try the non-alcoholic selection) guided by sommelier Joe Chiodo. Tickets include a Wine Tasting Kit for 2 with curbside pick-up from Rootstock Wine Bar prior to the event. Evening entertainment includes a live performance by Lavender Fields.

And as always, the main event is the charity auction! Proceeds benefit the Rotary Charities foundations, and this year the “Raise the Paddle” auction item benefits Los Gatos House of Hope, West Valley Community Services, and Peninsula Food Runners to help fight hunger and food insecurity locally.

Virtual WineFest & Auction

For ticket sales, event details and updates, contact the event team, or donate directly check the Los Gatos Rotary website and Virtual WineFest & Auction event page. Each ticket is for a 2-person tasting experience at a cost of $150.

The event is also posted on the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce event calendar with easy links to save the date on your virtual calendar and view a video promotion for the event.

Holiday Promenade in Downtown Los Gatos

The tree December tree lighting ceremony is back, the parade is not, and the Holiday Promenade steps in to add some festivity to Los Gatos on the first Saturday of December this year.

On Saturday, December 4th, North Santa Cruz Avenue will be shut down to motor vehicles while town residents are treated to music, dance, and more at the Holiday Promenade.

The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce shared this about the Holiday Promenade:

 

Presented by Linda L. Lester, Lester Square Los Gatos

The Promenade is a street festival that will combine the flair of the Los Gatos Summer Promenades, with a few elements of the holiday parade and a European-style artisan and crafts market. Delight in the performances of local youth groups on two stages, such as Los Gatos Ballet, Los Gatos Youth Theatre, the LGHS band, R.J. Fisher band and more. Holiday giveaways and activities courtesy of Los Gatos Lions Club and Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation. Festivities will begin around noon and run until 9pm. Stay tuned for a performance schedule.

N. Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed for the day from Bachman to Main Street.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Linda L. Lester, Lester Square Los Gatos. Her generosity and love for Los Gatos is truly one of the best holiday gifts of all.

 

Please check for updates and info on other sponsors at the webpage for this event on the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s site.

Los Gatos Tree Lighting Ceremony

Los Gatos Tree Lighting ceremony 2021Two of the best attended and most celebrated holiday events in town are the Los Gatos tree lighting and the parade, both of which usually happen the first weekend in December. Alas, with COVID still raging, the parade is on ice for another year – but the tree lighting is back!

Annual Town Tree Lighting

This year, the Los Gatos Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Friday, December 3rd, at the Town Plaza Park (located at Main & Santa Cruz).  Per the town’s website:

The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the lighting at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Free, Covid-safe photos with Santa in the park will immediately follow the lighting until 7:00 p.m.

 

Normally there are snacks for sale and live music plays from local schools or from professional musicians. There aren’t many details on the town’s webpage, but no matter what, it is sure to be a very joyful event.

 

 

Below please find info on a past holiday parade. We hope to enjoy it again a year from now!

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Vasona Park’s Fantasy of Lights (Light Festival)

2021 Fantasy of Lights in Los GatosThe 23rd annual Fantasy of Lights show at Vasona Lake County Park begins soon! Occasionally people call me to ask about it – please note that I do not run the event – I am only posting information about it. Full info can be found on the county’s park website, linked below.

23rd annual Fantasy of Lights: get your tickets now, they sell out fast! Entry with prepaid tickets only!

When: The Fantasy of Lights

Walk-thru Weekend Dec 4 & 5, 2021 from 4 to 9 pm

Drive-thru Nights Dec 7 – 30, 2021

As always, the Fantasy of Lights is closed on Christmas Day (Dec 25).

Where: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road (near University Avenue) Los Gatos, CA

How much: Tickets must be purchased in advance available online through EventBrite.

Walk through cost is $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 4 – 12, and free for 3 and under

Drive through cost is $20 – per vehicle. One household per vehicle!

More details:

Please visit the Santa Clara County Parks page for the Fantasy of Lights to get more information and updates on this event.

Please check the county’s page for this event (bring a mask!).

More questions? PLEASE do NOT call me about this event. Please contact the SCC Parks Dept and check out their website for the Fantasy of Lights! The Vasona phone number is (408) 355-2201.

Please visit Live in Los Gatos for year round events, neighborhood information, photos around the town, interesting real estate market data, haunted places and the occasional historical tidbit.

 

Los Gatos is a wonderful place to visit during the holidays, but it’s also a great place to live year round! If you are interested in buying a home in Los Gatos (or selling one), please contact me, Mary Pope-Handy. I’m both a Realtor in town and a resident myself, working full time in helping nice folks to buy & sell homes here and throughout the west valley.

If you aren’t familiar with the area, here are a few things to know!
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Los Gatos Park for Parks

This Saturday, experience the Los Gatos Park for Parks event at Belgatos Park from ten a.m. to one p.m.

Enjoy live music from Alex Lucero & The Live Again Band (several music genres), learn about hiking, mountain biking, birdwatching and more. Meet the members of the Los Gatos Parks Commission and check out the many booths.

Do bring your own lunch – the town’s event website does not suggest that the Los Gatos Park for Parks event includes any food or beverage booths.

Please click the link above to get all the specifics.

Belgatos Park is a large and gorgeous open space with a playground, restrooms, and trails. If you’ve never been, this is the perfect time to visit!

 

Belgatos Park - Los Gatos park for parks

 

Los Gatos Park for Parks:

Saturday, Oct 23, 10 – 1
Free event, bring your lunch!

Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch

The Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch is returning to Los Gatos! This is a one weekend only event, so mark your calendars for the first weekend in October so you don’t miss it!

Normally this is an annual event, and we are delighted that it’s back in 2021. You’ll find gorgeous hand blown glass pumpkins and more – wonderful craftsmanship!
See the gallery of glass pumpkins and more HERE.

All the fun happens on the lawn of the Los Gatos High School on Main Street.

Their Facebook page (link below) states “We have raised over $250,000 for high school art and English programs via this annual event!”

You can get an advance look, but not purchase, the art on Friday Oct 1 from 5 – 7 p.m.

The items will be offered for sale on Saturday October 2 9a.m. and Sunday October 3 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Go early for the best selection!

Learn more and see all photos at the Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch website. They also have a Facebook page for this event.

Screen on the Green in Los Gatos

Screen on the green poster 2021Screen on the Green is back, but this year it’s double the fun with two events (and two locations).

The first event will be Friday, Sept 24, 2021 at Oak Meadow Park, which is the normal venue for Screen on the Green. The movie will be Soul. The film will start running at 7:30 p.m., but if you go early, you can enjoy the carousel, the train, and snacks starting at 6 pm.

The second movie night will be Friday, Oct 1, 2021 on the Civic Center Lawn. The showing will be of Hocus Pocus, also beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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 at Oak Meadow 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 by using the link below or clicking on the image to the right:

http://www.losgatosca.gov/342/Screen-on-the-Green