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Balboa Park December Nights: Dec. 4 & 5 2015

Thanks to all who made 2014 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 325,000 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 4 and 5 2015) with you next year!

Take a look at  some of the highlights from Balboa Park December Nights 2014!

President Obama sends Mayor Kevin Faulconer an email congratulating San Diego on the Balboa Park Exposition Centennial! Read the entire at: Email from President Obama

Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 37th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 5, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 6, 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.

**NEW THIS YEAR!! "December Flights" Zipline! Take a two hundred foot Zipline ride past the historic and beautifully lit Moreton Bay Fig Tree!

The Leo Hamel Perfect Proposal was a rousing success! Read the winning entry below:
My soulmate Cristina deserves the world. We've been through a lot, and made it through everything. Being in the cyber world we are in, we met online and talked on the phone for hours and hours daily, before we ever met. The night we finally decided to meet, there was an instant connection. We sat by the beach through the night and still, just talked and talked. That was 8 years ago. Since then, I went to little old Kansas to go to college with her sticking by my side the whole time. The distance indeed did make the heart grow fonder. We had to go back to talking on the phone, computer, and however else we could, but we made it. After coming back home from school, we decided we would love to add a bundle of joy to our lives, in addition to the 9 year old son Cristina had previously. We got the news we were having a boy, and were filled with joy! Then after some peculiar doctor visits and ultrasounds, the doctors told us news that would make things a tad more difficult. They said our son will be born with a life threatening heart condition, and will need surgery soon after being born. This was about 5 months into the pregnancy, which gave us time to prepare, but also a lot of time to worry. Cristina continued going to work as a nurse at the Veterans Hospital up until the day she was ready to pop, knowing we'd need the extra money for hospital bills and such. We hoped for the best, knowing our son would fight. Little Christian was born a bruiser of a baby, almost 10 pounds, unheard of for a 'heart baby'. He was able to go without immediate surgery, luckily, but had his first open heart surgery at 2 months of age. Just as we knew he would, he fought through that. He recently had his first birthday and is as healthy as he can be! You'd never know! Long nights at the hospital with him have all been worth it. Countless doctor visits have all been worth it. Christian will have 1 more surgery in a year or so, and doctors say that should be his last. Through everything we've been through, Cristina has stayed strong for our son, through all the stress worthy times and situations. She has done everything and more a woman/mother can do, and she deserves the world. Christmas is her favorite time of year, and I'd love nothing more than to make it the most memorable Christmas ever with The Perfect Proposal.


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