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December Parks & Recreation News

Tree Lighting, Ice Skating, Winter Activity Guide and More!

Post Date:12/01/2017 11:15 AM

Winter Registration

The Winter Activity Guide is available online and in-person at City facilities.

Go to Activity Guide

  • Resident online registration begins December 5.
  • Non-resident online registration begins December 7.
  • Walk-in registration begins December 13.

Register Now

Programs begin the week of December January 8th.
Register for ice skating lessons in Central Park.
Register for tennis, badminton or table tennis classes with Lifetime Activities.

 Central Park Master Plan Survey

The Central Park Master Plan Survey seeks to gain resident input to guide future potential rehabilitation, improvement and/or expansion projects.  The Plan will balance current uses, historic character, and the unique blend of passive park and active recreational spaces with new proposed uses and/or facilities for community use.  When complete, the Plan will support the accomplishment of Parks & Recreation system-wide goals including:  increased community health and fitness;  development of inclusionary, sustainable, and age-friendly facilities for community sports, recreation, leisure, and natural habitat. 

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107th Annual Tree Lighting

December 1, 5:00-9:00 pm
Admission is free.

2017 holiday tree lighting central park

The City of Santa Clara invites you to celebrate the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Central Park. Bring your family and friends to Central Park for this annual Holiday tradition. The event will be broadcasted live on the City of Santa Clara Facebook and Youtube

• Free Admission
• Honorary Tree Lighter
• Santa Meet & Greet
• Fireworks
• Food & Beverages
• Live Music & Entertainment
• Ice Skating Sessions

Kids Rock Event, grades K - 5th, co-ed

Friday, December 8th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Walter E. Schmidt Youth Activity Center (YAC)
2450 Cabrillo Avenue, Santa Clara CA 95051 408-615-3760

Held at the YAC, KIDS ROCK is an event for kids in grades K through 5th to enjoy a special night of activities that includes arts & crafts, recreation games, a snack, and tons of good fun!!  Parents may register their child at the YAC, Teen Center, Community Recreation Center, or online.  Closed toe athletic shoes, socks, and good attitudes are required!

Course #10800 | Register Online | Kid's Rock Flyer (pdf)
$10.00 resident / $13.00 non-resident

Register Now

For more information, call 408-615-3760.

Ice Skating in Central Park

It’s back! Come experience ice skating in the City of Santa Clara’s outdoor ice rink at Central Park, located at 969 Kiely Boulevard. Enjoy this unique outdoor skating experience by trying a class, booking a birthday party, reserving the rink for a special holiday group outing, or dropping by for recreational skating.
Please contact the Community Recreation Center at (408) 615-3140 for information or visit for open skate times, holiday hours, and to sign up for classes.

Noon Hour Lap Swim

Do you know that the City of Santa Clara offers noon hour lap swimming all year at the George Haines International Swim Center (2625 Patricia Drive)?  The pool is open from noon until 1:30 p.m.  The cost to drop-in is $5.00 per person per day.  Passes may be purchased at a discounted rate at the Community Recreation Center (969 Kiely Boulevard).

Exciting Developments for City Parks

Are you interested in seeing what other improvements are being planned for City of Santa Clara Parks? Check out the Parks Projects page on the City website!

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Calendars & Schedules (Click on the schedule you would like to see):

Facility Closures

All facilities will be closed on Monday, December 26.
Parks & Recreation facility schedules are subject to change.  Please confirm hours with individual facilities:

  • Community Recreation Center 408-615-3140
  • Senior Center 408-615-3170
  • Teen Center 408-615-3740
  • Youth Activity Center 408-615-3760
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