San Diego's holiday season gets off to a great start with December Nights in Balboa Park. The event takes place the first Friday & Saturday, 12/1-2 this year.
Balboa Park is always a highlight of a visit to San Diego, with palm trees and gardens, trails, museums, the San Diego Zoo, and more attractions, and this holiday event makes visiting the park even more appealing, with free admission to many of the museums and special events.
You don't have to wait for dark to enjoy December Nights in Balboa Park; the Friday fun starts at 3pm and Saturday at 12 noon. Both days, the celebration lasts until 11pm. There'll be holiday lighting throughout the park helping you find your way to stages with entertainment featuring local performers including the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and San Diego Junior Theater.
The park's holiday marketplaces will offer the chance to shop for unique gifts as well as enjoy great food. Inside the museums, there'll be more special holiday themed things to see and do, including the Timken Museum's Christmas Tree and holiday music in the San Diego Natural History Museum's atrium. Admission to the museums in Balboa Park will be free from 5pm to 9pm during December Nights.
A USA Today reader poll in 2015 called December Nights one of the best holiday festivals in the US, so make sure to leave room in your travel schedule to attend the festival during your visit to San Diego.
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