Between the annual garlic festival, the water attractions at Gilroy Gardens, and the awesome hiking options, it’s no wonder that Gilroy attracts crowds of visitors every summer.

But did you know that Gilroy has numerous holiday events that make for a perfect visit in December?

Whether you’re ready to get some Christmas shopping done at the Gilroy Premium Outlets, or you want to take your family on a magical holiday adventure at Gilroy Gardens, let The Best Western Forest Park Inn in Gilroy put you up for the weekend, and be your entertainment guide!

1. Fantasy Of Lights Walk Thru

For over two decades, the Santa Clara County Parks has been presenting Santa Clara county with this spectacular show of de-light-ful Christmas wonder. 

This year, the walk thru takes place the first weekend in December, and promises to be bigger, brighter, and flashier than ever. 

And this gorgeous event is so much more than just lights!

As you stroll through the park you’ll find musical shows, food trucks, hot chocolate stands, performances by the Los Gatos ballet. 

You MAY even run into Saint Nick himself, so don’t forget to bring a camera. The Fantasy Of Lights Walk Thru is the perfect opportunity to create some beautiful holiday photos.

Entry for adults and children is only guaranteed with a pre paid ticket, so purchase yours in advance here.

When: December 7 & 8

4:00pm – 9:00pm

2. Holiday At Gilroy Gardens 

Gilroy Gardens is one of Gilroy’s most popular attractions at any time of year – but this unique theme park really comes alive at Christmas time. 

When night falls, the gardens transform into a magical, glowing Christmas extravaganza. 

Lights, and music, and special holiday treats abound. You can visit an igloo village, watch the live musical “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” ice skate, partake in a holiday feast, visit Santa, and of course – ride all of the rides you love at the Gardens. 

Holiday Nights at Gilroy Gardens begin on select nights from November 29 – December 31, and you can get your tickets here. 

When : November 29- December 31st. 

Find out more details here.

christmas tree with lights and ornaments outside lit up

3. Downtown Holiday Parade And Tree Lighting

If you don’t make it to the Fantasy Of Lights Walk Thru the first weekend in December, you can always catch downtown Gilroy’s annual holiday parade and tree lighting. 

This free family friendly event is a downtown tradition, and ends with Santa himself lighting the Christmas tree. 

This event is also a great chance to stroll around downtown, do a little shopping, and grab some coffee or dinner at one of our local restaurants. 

You can find out more about the Holiday Parade here. 

When: December 7th 

2:30 – 7:00 pm

4. Spirit Of Music 2: Holiday

This production by the South Valley Symphony is perfect for classical music lovers. 

Featuring both classical and holiday sounds, as well as performances by solo vocalists, this event is a beautiful tribute to the season. 

Tickets may be purchased here, and children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult!

Find out more about Spirit Of Music 2: Holiday here.

When: Saturday, December 14th 

7:30 pm

5. Christmas Carolers At Gilroy Premium Outlets 

One of the reasons most people visit Gilroy is our premium outlet mall, and December is full of reasons to pay our famous shops a visit. 

And if the great sales weren’t reason enough to go shopping, on December 14th, 21st, and 24th, the outlets will feature a choir of Christmas Carolers who will really usher in the spirit of the season as you hunt for your treasures. 

Find out more about this event here – and the great sales happening at the outlets here!

When: Dec 14th, 21st, and 24th 

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

The Best Western Plus Forest Park Inn is the perfect central location for all of the latest happenings in beautiful Gilroy, California. 

Our fine hotel is just minutes away from Gilroy Gardens, the famous Gilroy Premium Outlets, and the historic downtown Gilroy. 

Bring the whole family, enjoy a romantic holiday getaway, or have a solo R&R weekend with us. 

It’s our pleasure to make your stay comfortable, enjoyable, and to provide you with exceptional customer service from check in to check out.

Book a stay with The Best Western Plus Forest Park Inn today.