Los Gatos Carriage Rides

Los Gatos carriage ride graphic with night sky - making memoriesThe annual Los Gatos carriage rides are back this month, to the delight of many in and near town looking for a safe way to celebrate the holiday season.  To me there are few things so festive as seeing and hearing the horses clippity-clop down Main Street and North Santa Cruz Avenue each December.

It’s 2020 and nothing is really normal and that goes for these horse drawn carriage rides as well. For the safety of the driver and all, masks must be worn and riders must be all from the same household. The rides go on rain or shine unless the operator feels it would be unsafe for the horse. The dates run from Dec 4 to Dec 23, but not every single night, so please check the calendar via the link below.

What do the Los Gatos Carriage Rides cost?

This year, the horse drawn carriage ride will set you back $110 for a regularly sized carriage (4 adults, 2 kids max) or $130 for a larger one that accommodate up to 6 adults.

Where to book a reservation & pay for the Los Gatos Carriage Ride

This fun experience is sponsored by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, and you can purchase your tickets and read all the requirements and rules on this page.

Downtown Los Gatos is adorned with holiday lights and decor, and I’d encourage everyone to enjoy some time there, even if it’s just a socially distanced drive through the business district and nearby historic residential districts. If you can manage the horse drawn carriage rides, so much the better, but all visitors are in for a visual treat no matter how they see the area.

Reminder: Tree Lighting Ceremony Tonight, Parade Tomorrow

December 04, 2009

Quick reminder that the Los Gatos tree lighting events are now underway at the town park plaza (next to the downtown post office at Main Street and North Santa Cruz Avenue)!  The tree will be lit at 6pm & afterwards the carriage rides will begin.  Tomorrow is the town’s annual holiday parade at 11am. Please be advised that this is a popular event (this year there are 285 entrants!) so parking can be a challenge. Get there early!

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

Holiday Events in Los Gatos for 2009

November 23, 2009

It’s late November and that means the holidays are almost here: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s are all just around the corner. It’s time to count our blessings, share the joy and spend time with loved ones. . . .Maybe, too, it can be a time to give back to the community and do some volunteer work. More on that below!

Holiday 2009 Events in the Town of Los Gatos:

Tue 11/24/09 7:30pm Thanksgiving Interfaith Service Congregation Shir Hadash
Fri 11/27/09 6:00 – 10:00pm Fantasy Train of Lights – 1st night Oak Meadow Park – details below
Thur 12/03/09 10am – 4pm Summit League

Homes Sought for Horses

December 28, 2008

I picked this article up thanks to Google Alerts (for “Los Gatos”). Horses are at the wrong end of hardship with this poor economy, and several individuals and agencies are trying to keep these beautiful animals from ending up in the wrong hands. One of them is right here in Los Gatos.

Love horses? Got room and the ability to care for them? Have a look at the article in the Contra Costa Times:  Free to a good home — the horse of your choice. (Scroll to the bottom and find an equestrian do-gooder in Los Gatos.)

As for me, I wish I had room and the budget. I have fond memories of riding horses in south San Jose and at Garrod’s in Saratoga as a kid here. My parents had a home next to a horse ranch, and as a teen I felt like I was in heaven just to see the horses graze each day. For today I’ll have to settle for spreading the word, but I would love to hear more about this from folks involved.