Balboa Park December Nights

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Are You Ready for December Nights? 

Friday, December 7, (3:00 - 11:00 pm) and Saturday, December 8, 2018 (noon-11:00 pm)
 

The countdown has begun for the City of San Diego's 41st annual free holiday festival. December Nights will kick off the holiday season this Dec. 7 and 8, 2018, and feature light displays; inspirational choirs, bands and dancers; amazing food and fun-filled attractions.

 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • PLAN AHEAD. 
  • BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. Please remember to respect our park neighbors—keep noise to a minimum, dispose of your trash and recyclables, practice good parking etiquette and remember, if you see something, say something!
  • LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME. The event welcomes those who require a trained service animal to assist them. For those animals not specifically trained to work in a dynamic, crowded and unpredictable environment, you will be putting your pet in a potentially hazardous and frightening situation. This is why we strongly encourage you to not bring your pet to the event.
  • CARPOOL, TROLLEY, or RIDESHARE TO THE EVENT. Ridesharing makes it easier to get to December Nights. Both sides of Sixth Ave. near the Laurel Street Bridge are dedicated drop-off and pick-up locations. Shuttles are provided to help you avoid the traffic directly adjacent to the event. For more information, visit the Transportation/Parking page.
  • PARKING. Pack your patience, lots fill up quickly. Limited free parking is available at the San Diego Zoo and convenient paid parking is available at the Inspiration Point parking lot ($20 per car). Disabled parking is available off Park Blvd on Presidents Way. Although the lots are strictly ADA, they do fill up. Please arrive early for the best selection.
  • WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES. You will be walking on concrete sidewalks, grass, dirt and asphalt. There may be some uneven ground, caution is recommended.
  • DRESS IN LAYERS. Though San Diego winters are usually mild, the ability to add or subtract a layer will go a long way towards your comfort.
  • SAFETY FIRST. Strike a pose and snap a photo of everyone in your group and choose a meeting place in case you become separated. Take a picture of where you parked your car (especially in residential areas) to help you find your way back.
  • RECYCLE. We are providing recycling containers throughout the event area and we are looking to you to help us keep Balboa Park beautiful and ecologically responsible.
Entertainment
There's a reason 350,000 people start their holidays with December Nights. From ballet and banjos to parades and puppetry, the holiday entertainment is top-notch and non-stop.
 
Eat & Drink
A December Nights highlight for many is the amazing food. Savor international delicacies, sample homemade treats or sip on something to keep you warm. 
 
Shopping
Thanks to the stores and museum shops of Balboa Park, you can come for December Nights and leave with your holiday shopping wrapped up!
 
 
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