Balboa Park December Nights
For the 40th consecutive year, Balboa Park December Nights will be hanging Christmas lights in San Diego for everyone to enjoy. Plenty of seasonal entertainment, along with incredible Christmas lights and displays will be a part of this wonderful holiday event.
Hanging Christmas Lights In San Diego Started It All
Balboa Park December Nights started hanging Christmas lights in San Diego back in 1978. The event started out small with about a dozen or so institutions joining together to celebrate the holidays at Balboa Park. Christmas light hanging was a part of the event even from the beginning, along with stores near by extending their hours for Christmas shoppers. As the event grew, it became a city-sponsored festival with everything from business sponsorship, to dozen of food and retail vendors attending the event every year. Attendance has grown over the years with about 300,000 people attending in 2014 and over 350,000 every year after. In fact, USA Today even listed December Nights as the fifth Best Holiday Festival in the United States in 2015.
What To Expect At December Nights
This year December nights will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 3PM - 11PM and on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 12PM - 11PM at Balboa Park. Museums in the area will be open with free admission from 5PM - 9PM on both days of the event. Additionally, admission to Balboa Park December Nights is completely free. Seasonal entertainment will be a part of the event with four official stages and musical performances of all types. Other holiday entertainment will include:
- The Santa Lucia Procession
- San Diego Junior Theatre performances
- San Diego Civic Youth Ballet performances
- Del Cerro Baptist Church Christmas Story Tree on display
- Opportunities to meet Santa Claus
- Opportunities to meet the Grinch
- Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
- Free Puppet Show of "A Christmas Carol"
- And More!
Christmas lights and displays can be found throughout the park, along with plenty of food and holiday cheer to enjoy. Balboa Park’s landmarks will be decorated with Christmas lights for the event as well. The Plaza de Panama, Botanical Building and the Moreton Bay Fig Tree will include Christmas lights and displays from SDG&E.
Holiday Museum Displays
Balboa Park’s museums will get into the spirit of the holidays this year as well. The Timken Museum will display amazing Christmas Trees complete with Schlappi Christmas Ornaments. Plenty of other museum exhibitions will also be a part of the event including the interactive and kid-friendly exhibits at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the Fossil Mysteries at the San Diego Natural History Museum. In addition, the History Museum will provide holiday music in the Atrium.
Other Christmas Light Hanging Activities At Balboa Park
While Christmas light hanging is always one of December Nights major draws, there will be plenty of other holiday events taking place in the area as well. The events this year will include:
- Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo
- San Diego Model Railroad Museum Holiday Display
- Let it Snow at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
- Balboa Park Miniature Christmas Train
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe
- And More!
Balboa Park will also have plenty of Christmas light displays and Christmas trees throughout the park. Many of the events and displays in Balboa Park will be there from late November through early January this year.
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