It may have been an attempt to make up for last year’s lack of holiday events, but the San Jose location is offering family-friendly movies and music by next year.
Christmas in the Park is showcasing “The Polar Express” on Christmas Day and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on New Year’s Day. Screening has been scheduled for 6 p.m. at the community level within the event at downtown’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez.
The park also houses the community stage for New Year’s Eve shows at Christmas. Comic magicians Robert Strong and David Martinez are set to present a family magic show at 7 p.m. featuring the House Rockers, a favorite local cover band, on stage at 9 p.m. to rock the new year.
The San Jose Chamber Orchestra gets underway in 2022 with a January 2 concert featuring award-winning local pianist John Nakamatsu and father-son clarinetists John and Alec Manase. The “Happy New Year 2022” program features works by Chopin, Kroemer, Jesse Montgomery, Mozart, Prokofiev, Gershwin and local musician Michael Tchy.
The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1025 Pine Ave. Tickets are $15-$50 at sjco.org or 408-295-4416. No tickets will be sold at the door. Proof of vaccination and mask are required to attend.
A little later in January, Broadway San Jose is staging a melodious musical version of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” in which young Charlie Buckett will be accompanied by four other Golden Ticket winners, family members, and Oompa-Loompas. Navigates Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
The show will be held January 18-23 at the Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Walks in Almaden Blvd. Tickets $38-$103, 800-982-ARTS (2787) at broadwaysanjose.com or at the San Jose Civic Box Office, 150 W. San Carlos St. Ticketholders must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and bring a photo ID and proof of vaccination.