San Jose’s annual Christmas in the Park brings in over 700,000 visitors each year. This tradition opened in Plaza do Cesar Chavez in the 80’s but goes back further. The initial displays were put together by Don Lima in San Jose and displayed on his business property in the 50’s. They became hugely popular and Don donated them to the city in the 70’s. The displays continued to expand in to the loved event that we have today.
Source: https://www.christmasinthepark.com/p/about/history–the-community , 2019.