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Balboa Park December Nights: Dec. 6 & 7, 2013

Thanks to all who made 2013 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 275,000 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 5 and 6, 2014) with you next year!

Take a look at Balboa Park December Nights 2013!


Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 35th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 6, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 7, 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.

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, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.

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Update on the Perfect Proposal! (Photo by Aimee)

Mike proposed to Vanessa and she said YES   

Here is their story:

"I was never one to believe in soul mates, much less love at first sight, but all that changed the day I met Vanessa.

I was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer at the age of 26, and had been living in fear ever since. I was upset with the world and was on the outs towards all my loved ones. I was so resentful that I might as well have been categorized as Scrooge. But, Vanessa changed all that.

Although she had endured a very difficult life, having recently lost her sister to cancer and her father a decade earlier, her spirit was still very happy and uplifting; she has a contagious smile and an angelic laugh. We watched the sunset as we talked for hours and I felt so comfortable around her I didn’t want to say goodbye. I invited her to dinner that same night, and as I walked her back to her car and kissed her for the very first time, it felt as if fireworks were going off. It turned out there were literal fireworks—the SeaWorld fireworks show had commenced in the background! It was an incredible night, but only one of many more I have and hope to share with her.

She brings so much love into my life and has shown me how to love again, bringing me closer to my family, including some from whom I had been estranged. I am at peace with myself again after so many years and I have my baby to thank for that. She has been so understanding and supportive of me through the good and bad, in sickness (during my cancer treatments) and in health, as she helps me study to become a licensed vocation nurse in the New Year. I have become a better man with her and I would like to show her how much I love and care about her by marking one of the most special moments in our lives with a Hearts On Fire® ring. I want to show her that my love for her will continue to burn on through eternity, and ask her to be my wife and to spend the rest our lives together.

Christmastime is her favorite time of the year, so I need your help Santa Leo, to make this Christmas the most memorable one yet. Please grant me this wish to show my love for Vanessa in such a special way with all of our family, friends, and loved ones together on this magical holiday night". ~Mike

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2013 December Nights Sponsors

Legacy Level


Heritage Level

Think Blue

Community Level

Leo Hamel  Sharp         

Contributing Level


Pavilion Level


Media Sponsors

Energy XEWT

Thank You to Our Lighting Sponsors

Absolutely Bliss ETC OCS Peterson