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Thanks to all who made 2016 Balboa Park December Nights so memorable!

 The City of San Diego and the Balboa Park Conservancy, co-producers of this classic San Diego celebration, would like to thank our generous sponsors. We could not have welcomed 360,000 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 1 and 2, 2017) with you next year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of San Diego’s premiere holiday event.


Take a look at some of the highlights from Balboa Park December Nights 2016!

We're Dreamin' of a Green Christmas..........

San Diego Gas & Electric®, a Sempra Energy utility, covers the center of the Plaza de Panama with a dazzling and energy-efficient canopy of LED holiday lights that will illuminate the Park for the entire holiday season. 

Take Public Transportation

Balboa Park is accessible from most San Diego neighborhoods—as well as cities in East County, North County, and South Bay— by bus, trolley, or train.  By taking the bus or trolley you not only avoid traffic, but you help the environment, and it’s economical.

To create your personal trip plan:

Visit or call 511 to speak to one of the Transit Information Operators.


From the South or East, take the  trolley to the City College Station in downtown San Diego and walk to the FREE SHUTTLE at City College – OR transfer to the MTS Route 7 (on 11th Avenue)  to Park Boulevard. .

From Hillcrest, Uptown, Mid-City, Normal Heights, City Heights, and North

Park communities take any bus to University Avenue and Park Blvd and transfer to a special Route 7 shuttle heading to Park Blvd.

Or try the new "limited stop" Route 120 to make your travel faster. Route 120 operates between downtown and Kearny Mesa and stops at Laurel Street (just west of Balboa Park) on 4th and 5th Avenues.

(For all MTS Trolley and Bus schedules and route maps visit


Printed paper maps will not be available at the event. Please check the website to plan your trip in advance, or visit one of the many information booths throughout the Park.