With Balboa Park December Nights approaching middle age (now 39 in human years), longtime residents who haven’t checked out the annual holiday extravaganza in a while may think it’s just the “same ol’ December Nights.”
Yes, December Nights still features all the traditional favorites, like the Del Cerro Baptist Church Christmas Story Tree; the Santa Lucia Procession; free museum admission each evening, as well as carolers, bell ringers, and colorful decorations throughout the park.
But along with these core elements that make December Nights one of the most popular holiday celebrations in the country, this “old dog” continues to add new tricks, giving millennials plenty of reasons to stop looking at their cell phone screens momentarily.
More than 75 Food Vendors Including Food Trucks!
If there’s anything people (and pooches) remember about December Nights, it’s the food! Not even counting the smorgasbord served up by the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, December Nights will host more than 75 food vendors. And yes, some of San Diego’s favorite food trucks will be along for the ride.
Music Festival Atmosphere
If 300,000 of your closest pack members don’t make you feel like you are at a major music festival, the four main stages and additional performances at various cultural institutions in the park will! Music styles range from holiday standards and swing to Japanese pop and Zydeco. Contemporary and world dance performances are also featured throughout the park.
Locally Sourced Shopping
A new Artisan Marketplace will join the Spanish Village Art Center and Balboa Park’s museum stores as a great place to purchase handcrafted jewelry, clothes and accessories, home décor, and fine art. Whether you are seeking that perfect piece of belly jewelry or a delicious-looking pumpkin spice sugar scrub, December Nights has you covered.
Special Deals for Lyft Users
Keeping with the times, December Nights now has an official rideshare service: Lyft. New Lyft users can get $5 off their first 10 rides with code BPDN50, and anyone can get a 20% discount for rides to or from Balboa Park on December 2–3, 2016, with code BPDN2016 (up to two rides, up to $5 off per ride).
18 San Diego-Area Craft Beers on Tap
Knowing how difficult it can be for some locals under 40 to conceive of going out without having easy access to San Diego’s bounty of craft brewers, it’s worth mentioning that Panama 66 offers a howling good selection of local beers on tap. Located adjacent to The San Diego Museum of Art, Panama 66 is operated by the same folks who brought our fair town Blind Lady Ale and Tiger! Tiger!