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Balboa Park December Nights: Dec. 2 & 3 2016

Thanks to all who made the 2015 Balboa Park December Nights so memorable!

The co-producers and co-hosts of this classic San Diego celebration would like to thank our generous sponsors. We could not have welcomed 335,000 visitors to the Park over the two-day event without the support of these wonderful organizations. We would also like to thank the entertainment groups, the Park museums and cultural organizations and the many Balboa Park and community volunteers who made this festival so special.

We’re hoping to spend the first Friday and Saturday of December (December 2 and 3, 2016) with you next year!

Take a look at some of the highlights from Balboa Park December Nights 2015.


Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 38th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 4, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 5, noon-11pm. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

Links to detailed Balboa Park December Nights Information:

Festival Activities     Parking     Vendors     Entertainment     Food      

Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, San Diego Civic Dance Arts, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.

Balboa Park December Nights has been nominated for one of the best holiday festivals in the United States by USA Today! Voting closes on December 21 and you can vote once per day.

Visit the USA Today’s special website “” and vote December Nights as the #1 festival in the US.

**NEW THIS YEAR!! Children’s Interactive Area including a dynamic Community Mural where families can creatively contribute to giant-sized coloring book page featuring Balboa Park. Following December Nights, the Community Mural will then be on display in the Park throughout the holiday season! The Children’s Interactive Area will also include hands-on crafts, games, and entertainment and will be located adjacent to the beautiful and historic Botanical Building. 


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2015 December Nights Sponsors

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