Spotlight Thursday: Balboa Park’s December Nights

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Anybody who has spent time in San Diego’s Balboa Park knows it is one our nation’s great urban parks.  Besides housing the world famous San Diego Zoo, it is also home to 18 different museums, sporting complexes, hiking trails, playgrounds, restaurants, and an outdoor concert venue.   A family could vacation in San Diego, never leave the park, and still have an amazing time.

Every year for past 33 years, Balboa Park has hosted San Diego’s largest free community festival, December Nights.  This year’s festivities take place Friday, December 3, 5:00-10:00pm and Saturday, December 4, noon-10:00 p.m.  From 5:00 to 9:00PM on both nights, participating museums open their doors to the public free of charge.  Crafts, food, and entertainment from around the globe can be found in the Cascades Holiday Marketplace.  Music, crafts, dance and other holiday traditions from more than 30 countries can be found during the International Cottage Christmas Festival portion of December Nights.  The Palisades Midway is transformed into family central with kid friendly experiences and family entertainment.  The only problem with December Nights is trying to fit it all in!

Image by Richard Benton

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Sharlene Earnshaw (aka doubleadventure) is Blogger-in-chief for Trekaroo and the blogger behind Double the Adventure.

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Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.
5 Responses
  1. Jen

    December Nights is a super fun event, so thanks for sharing it! It’s very popular, too, so if possible, people should find alternative modes of transportation to get there. Free shuttles are available from several locations.

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