Balboa Park December Nights 2016

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What: Balboa Park December Nights 2016

When: Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 2016

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego

Description: The country’s much anticipated holiday festival Balboa Park December Nights is back again! This Friday, December 2 the festival will be held for the 39th sequential year from 3 to 11pm and Saturday, December, 3-11pm. To have an amazing time during the festive fun, the entire community, friends, and families are invited to gather with each other. Everywhere in the park there will, of course, food and attractions that will involve free entrance from 5-9pm to Balboa Park museums. In San Diego, December Nights is the greatest free community festival and it is anticipated to draw 350,000 people to the park in the two days (or even more!) for entertainment and having the best time.

The park will be abuzz with holiday cheer at this long-awaited San Diego celebration. Just like previous years, all the families will have a great time by attending the seasonal entertainment, enjoying the smacking food, along with the merry holiday lights everywhere in the Park through the Plaza de Panama canopy to the Botanical Building to the landmark Moreton Bay Fig Tree.

There are the Park organizations where you can get a listing of the food vendors and food trucks go to Balboa Park Visitors Center in the House of Hospitality, California Quadrangle, Christmas drink, Glögg, Civic Dance Arts, Dinosaur Café, Fleet Science Center and much, much more!


The much eminent attractions at the park will incorporate:

  • Food: From various places of the world, there will be delicious food at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages;
  • Shopping: Visitors can buy unique and attractive gifts from the museum stores, Spanish Village and the Balboa Park Visitors Center;
  • Entertainment: There will be powerful musical and dance performances from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree and much more;
  • Museums: The museums will highlight an extensive diversity of exhibitions and entertainment which will cover the Timken Museum’s annual Christmas Tree revealing the beautiful Schlappi Ornament Collection of Hord and Schlappi Christmas; the Fleet ScienceCenter’s kid-friendly and exhibitions that are interactive. There will also be the interesting San Diego Natural History Museum’s Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science and Coast to Cactus in Southern California.



As there will be a huge number of people coming to the December Nights, the parking will be limited that is why it is suggested that you should take the off-site shuttles (which is free!) or get public transportation. The December Nights Shuttles everywhere will run Friday from 3:00-midnight and on Saturday from 11:30 until midnight.

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