Imagine driving through a park that is fully dressed up for Christmas, not just with little lights around its trunks and on its branches but also a whole lot of figures made of little bulbs, making the park itself a fantasy of lights. Vasona Park in Los Gatos turns into just that and much more at Christmas time.
Come December and this park in Los Gatos transforms into a park of lights. Aptly named Fantasy of Lights, this event which runs through the whole of the last month of the year is a wonderland created with lights. And the fact that it is a seasonal event makes it all the more special.
Speaking of special, I had a very special Christmas this year. My bestie was in town and spent the whole day with me. Later that day we drove through 1.5 miles of holiday lights and ended the day on a christmasy note. Could I have asked for a better Christmas?
We might have spent over an hour waiting to get into the park, but it was worth it. What fascinated me the most was the amount of work that had gone in to the setting up of the light displays. Now that the holidays are over, Fantasy of Lights has wound up but I’d recommend you to visit this place next year around Christmas. The drive is only a mile and a half in distance but it would take you a good 15 to 20 minutes to drive through the display area as the speed limit is 20 miles. It might seem like you are driving through heavy traffic, but can it be bad when there are lots of lights around, this time in different shapes and colours and there are Christmas carols adding to the holiday mood?
As you enter the park, you will be asked to turn off your headlines and tune in to 104.1 to listen to Christmas classics. If it is Christmas, every radio station is vying to be your official Christmas channel with nothing but carols, yet you might want to tune in to 104.1 for the musical experience of Fantasy of Lights.
The event that just completed its 13th year had around 50 exhibits from Santas to elves and gifts and candy canes and penguins and tunnels of lights and even some dinosaurs (with sound effects) among other exhibits. My favourite however was the Santa shooting hoops. I could watch that forever.
See the wildflower of Vasona Park: