Balboa Park December Nights

December Nights at Balboa Park San Diego

Start the San Diego holiday season right by sharing in the festivities at the Annual Balboa Park December Nights. December Nights is the biggest free festival in San Diego, with more than 300,000 visitors expected over two days.

Balboa Park December Nights SantaYou can wander into participating Balboa Park museums during evening hours admission free, and enjoy a variety of exhibits and live entertainment, including the Christmas tree at the Timken Museum, and the Reuben H. Fleet’s interactive Kid City.

WHAT: Balboa Park December Nights is Free.

WHEN: The first Friday and Saturday nights in December. Check he schedule for updates before you head out.

WHERE: Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, California, 92101. Free event map (PDF) courtesy of NBC San Diego. {Balboa Park Map & Location}


  1. Free parking will be available at the San Diego Zoo lot (the only free parking). Get there early. Fleet Science Center lot (156 spaces) is available for persons with a valid disabled placard or license plate.
  2. Avoid the 163 southbound from 5-8pm if possible to avoid congestion.
  3. Pick up the Shuttle at PETCO Park or City College — Friday from 3pm-midnight; Saturday 11:30am until midnight.

BALBOA PARK DISCOUNT: To do Balboa Park right, check out the Balboa Park Explorer Pass — This combo discount pass lets you experience the many Balboa Park museums PLUS one-day admission to the San Diego Zoo.

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