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San Jose - December 1, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

It was 2:00 a.m. when we arrived in San Jose after our flight out of Anaheim and as we pulled up to our hotel we couldn’t quite make out the shadowy, tent-like figures across the street. What we could only assume was an Occupy San Jose protest actually turned out to be this quaint Christmas village. Stroll through the annual Christmas in the Park and you’ll find over 60 holiday themed exhibits, a 60-foot Christmas tree (the “Community Giving Tree") and maybe even Santa himself. At 72°F and sunny, it’s not exactly a Winter Wonderland, but it’s festive enough for us!

Most of the Habs grew up honing their skills on frozen ponds and outdoor rinks and now kids in San Jose will be able to do the same. Founded in 1996 and located right in the heart of Silicon Valley, Downtown Ice is the largest seasonal outdoor skating rink in The South Bay. We’re not sure how many seasonal outdoor rinks there actually are in the Bay area, but still, impressive nonetheless.

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