Bay Area lights up for the holidays

From San Jose to Mountain View to Menlo Park, cities across the Peninsula are lighting up with holiday traditions.

Cities across the Peninsula are lighting up their streets with holiday traditions.

In San Jose

San Jose’s “Christmas in the Park” celebrates the 35th year of the city’s annual Christmas tradition. View photos above.

In Mountain View

Hundreds gathered Monday night to celebrate the annual tree-lighting in downtown Mountain View.

With its multicolored bulbs, the tree is impossible to miss among the string of  traditional white lights that line the town’s famed Castro Street.

In addition to the lighting, the event featured several activities for children including meeting Santa, tossing “snowball” marshmallows, and an arts and crafts table. The Huff Elementary School Honor Choir performed several holiday-themed pieces, much to the delight of residents, who were encouraged to bring a can of food to support the Community Services Agency. View photos above.

In Menlo Park

Menlo Park residents gathered last Friday in Fremont Park for the town’s tree-lighting ceremony. View gallery.

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