Magazine article Sunset

Got Guests? Where to Go in the Bay Area during the Holidays

Magazine article Sunset

Got Guests? Where to Go in the Bay Area during the Holidays

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San Jose

* Go skating. Warm up with some wholesome skating at Downtown Ice (Nov 18-Jan 16, call for hours; $12-$14, $10-$12 ages 12 and under, including skate rental; Circle of Palms, S. Market St. between the San Jose Museum of Art and the Fairmont San Jose; 408/291-0525), then head across the street for the food booths and hot chocolate at Christmas in the Park (daily through Dec, call for hours; S. Market St. between E. San Carlos St. and E. San Fernando St.; 408/995-6635). There are also decorated trees and photos with Santa until 9 p.m. ($10 Santa photo). Nearby, the kids can keep exploring at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (10-5 Tue-Sat, 12-5 Sun; $7; 180 Woz Way; www.cdm.org or 408/298-5437).

* Hear jazz. Music-loving adults in your retinue can groove at the Hotel De Anza's Hedley Club Lounge (live jazz starting at 8 p.m. Wed, 8:30 p.m. Fri-Sat; 233 W. Santa Clara St.; 800/843-3700), enjoying cocktails and appetizers.

* Tour downtown. Around the corner, check out the new San Jose City Hall (closed Sat-Sun; 200 E. Santa Clara St.), a glass-domed creation with appropriately high-tech style by New York and L.A. architect Richard Meier, then sample banh mi at Lee's (6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; 260 E. Santa Clara St.; 408/286-8808). …

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