Balboa Park December Nights


Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place on Friday, December 2 from 3-11pm and Saturday, December, 3 from noon-11pm. Adults and children alike are invited to come together for festive fun, food and several new attractions available this year throughout the park.

The annual event will offer an Artisan Marketplace to find local and unique handcrafted items, as well as the opportunity to take home a cherished keepsake just in time for the holidays.

As you stroll through the spectacular holiday lighting throughout the Park be sure to check out what’s new this year at December Nights including:

Artisan Marketplace: Located on the Northeast corner of Plaza de Panama, the Artisan Marketplace will offer a shopping opportunity celebrating the talents and skills of the local makers featuring one-of-a-kind gifts, handmade items and locally made crafts.

A Keepsake to Remember: The Fab Trailers Photo Booth….set inside a whimsically decorated vintage trailer backdrop of a gleeful Southern California winter holiday, located on the East Side of the Plaza de Panama fountain, for a festive photo to capture the memory with friends or loved ones of your December Night experience. A professional photographer provides on-site printing for a one-of-a-kind memento that is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Fun For All To See & Hear: The event features an incredible line up of entertainment and performances. Don’t miss the SWEA (San Diego Quadrangle) brings Swedish culture with the Santa Lucia procession, the San Diego Civic Dance Arts with a Rockette-style number, located on interior patio of the Casa del Prado, the San Diego Civic Youth with ballet excerpts from the Nutcracker (Casa del Prado Theater) and the San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines, an a cappella singing barbershop style.

Balboa Park December Nights 2016 is co-produced by: The City of San Diego – the Office of Special Events and other City departments provide festival management expertise and the Balboa Park Conservancy – the Conservancy provides event oversight including large event management, sponsorship promotion and marketing.

Balboa Park December Nights is co-hosted by: The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership; Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC); and the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.

About The Balboa Park Conservancy

The Balboa Park Conservancy enriches the visitor experience and keeps Balboa Park magnificent by sustaining and enhancing the Park’s beauty, and its historic, cultural, and recreational character for the enduring enjoyment of all. Through the Balboa Park Visitors Center, the Conservancy provides complete visitor relations services for the Park. Working in partnership with the City of San Diego and surrounding communities, the Conservancy is committed to ensuring that the Park’s spectacular landscaping, grounds, and structures continue to make Balboa Park one of the best urban cultural parks in the country.