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Vasona Park’s Fantasy of Lights (Light Festival)

Vasona Park’s Fantasy of Lights (Light Festival)

Fantasy of Lights 2023 graphicThe 25th 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.

25th annual Fantasy of Lights:

Get your tickets now, they sell out fast! Entry with prepaid tickets only!

What: The Fantasy of Lights

Walk-Thru

Fantasy of Lights Walk-Thru Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3  4:00pm – 9:00pm

Adult (13 and up) – $15
Youth (4-12) – $7.50
Child (0-3) – FREE

Please note that this year’s tickets will go on sale in 3 different phases:

Phase 1: Wednesday, November 1st, 8:00am
Phase 2: Sunday, November 5th, 12:00pm
Phase 3: Friday, November 10th, 6:00pm

Drive-thru Nights

Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru Tuesday, December 5 – Friday, December 30
(Closed December 25)

Regular Vehicle (passenger capacity up to 12) – $30
Large Vehicle (passenger capacity of 13-20) – $50
Oversized Vehicle (passenger capacity of 21 and up) – $100

 

Open rain or shine. 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 $15 for ages 13 and up, $7.50 for ages 4 – 12, and free for 3 and under (tickets still required for free entry!)

Drive through cost is $20 per regular vehicle (up to 12 passenger capacity), $50 per oversized vehicle (13+ passenger capacity).

More details:

Please check the county’s page for this event.

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

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Villa Felice neighborhood

Villa Felice neighborhood

Villa Felice was once a lodge and restaurant with live music, good food, and amazing views of Vasona Lake. I have fond memories of visiting there with family, friends, and on prom night.

Today the large parcel is very pretty Mediterranean style housing, with 14 townhomes in one section and 34 single family homes in the other.

In Italian, Villa Felice means “happy villa” or a happy country home. It’s appropriate that the name stay on in these two communities. The view from the bluff is sure to make visitors smile!

 

View of Vasona Lake from Bella Vista HOA park - La Villa Felice area

 

Where is the Villa Felice neighborhood?

These two areas are located between Winchester Boulevard and University Avenue between Vasona Terrace and Milani Court in Los Gatos 95030. The homes are accessed from Winchester Boulevard – there are no driveways or access paths from University. It has a steep embankment. This is about at the midpoint of the reservoir.

 

Map of Villa Felice tracts in Los Gatos CA 95030

 

The two tracts (and one house not in them)

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Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run 5k 2023 - girl runningThe annual Girls on the Run 5k Celebration event will take place on May 13th, 2023, at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos.

About Girls on the Run

If you are unfamiliar with Girls on the Run, you might enjoy checking out their website’s page on their programs for girls:

Instilling Life Skills in Every Girl
The Girls on the Run researched-based curriculum is structured around understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and recognizing how we can shape the world at large. Participants gain critical life skills that strengthen their potential at a time when societal pressures and conflicting messages about how to feel and act can cause doubt and uncertainty.

That same page dives into the different elements that they explore and nourish – it is very impressive sounding!

Event Info

Vasona Lake County Park is located at 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032.

Runners should arrive by 7 a.m., first wave is at 8 a.m.

Register and learn more about this 5k celebration at the event’s webpage.

Clair’s and my office, Christie’s International Real Estate Sereno, has a tent and will give out tickets for a raffle.  We have this year’s American Girl Doll of the Year for a prize. Stop by and get a raffle ticket while there!

Related Reading

Vasona and Oak Meadow Parks

Charter Oaks Townhome Community

 

 

 

Kid friendly things to do in and near Los Gatos

Kids sailing at VasonaWill you be visiting Los Gatos for a day or weekend, or staying for a lifetime?  Either way, there are tons of things to do for children of all ages both in and near Los Gatos.

Outdoors

If the weather’s fine, as it often is here, you might start by introducing your kids to Oak Meadow and Vasona Parks, which are adjacent to each other.  Oak Meadow includes a great airplane that kids can climb on, a beautiful carousel and a small train that loops into Vasona and back. Vasona has paddle boats that can be rented (seasonally).  And of course there’s lots of playground equipment and sprawling lawn for those who want to toss a ball or frisbee around.  For time outdoors, these parks are hard to beat.  Read more about these very cool parks here:  https://liveinlosgatosblog.com/vasona-and-oak-meadow/

The Youth Science Institute is a program offered at Vasona to help educate students on nature.  This is not a one day event but is extremely worthwhile.  Check it out: http://www.ysi-ca.org/

If your little people like to hike and explore, the Montalvo estate and grounds in Saratoga is a great nearby option on a dry day, too.  Montalvo is an arts center but there are wonderful trails which can be enjoyed.  But no picnicing, sorry!  Learn more at my Valley of Heart’s Delight blog: http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/great-time-of-year-to-visit-villa-montalvo/

All ages: any of the free music events, all of which are out doors, virtually all summer long in Los Gatos!
https://liveinlosgatosblog.com/los-gatos-free-music-concert-series-music-in-the-park-jazz-on-the-plazz-and-vasona-vibrations-schedule-of-events-and-performers/

Touristy but still fun

Roaring Camp and Big Trees   http://www.roaringcamp.com/

The Mystery Spot http://www.mysteryspot.com/

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  http://beachboardwalk.com/

California’s Great America in Santa Clara (amusement park, rides)   https://www.cagreatamerica.com/

Time to eat!

There are MANY great kid-friendly restaurants in Los Gatos.  A few of my favorites are these:

 Indoor Fun

The Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose https://www.cdm.org/

The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose  https://www.thetech.org/

Petroglyph (in Los Gatos, Willow Glen, and Santa Cruz locally) http://www.petroglyph.com/

More?

Looking for more ideas?  There’s a slightly longer list of kid friendly things to do on another of my blogs. Have a read:

http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/kids-in-silicon-valley-fun-places-to-go/

Los Gatos Planning Commission Public Hearing on Creekside Sports Park at 930 University Avenue

August 20, 2011

The land at 930 University Avenue in Los Gatos is earmarked to become the long-desired sports park, the Creekside Sports Park.  The town’s planning commission is holding public hearings on Wednesday August 24 2011 at 6:00 at the Council Chambers, 110 East Main Street, Los Gatos.

Why is there a public hearing?  The town of Los Gatos needs to decide how the land will be used and accessed.  Of particular controversy is whether or not there should be a pedestrian bridge over the Los Gatos Creek, connecting the sports park to Vasona Lake County Park (and the town’s Oak Meadow Park).

Also on the docket for the evening is more discussion of the Albright Way & Winchester development (sometimes called the Netflix project to the dismay of some).

The town helpfully publishes agendas ahead of time. You can view the Los Gatos Planning Commission agenda for this particular meeting online also at the following url:

http://losgatos.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=91