Balboa Park December Nights

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About Balboa Park December Nights

City of San Diego and December Nights

December Nights is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017. Held the first Friday and Saturday of December, the event was founded 40 years ago when ten Balboa Park cultural organizations hosted the first celebration. That year, 3,000 San Diegans gathered to be a part of the groundbreaking occasion, and it has been a treasured event ever since.

By 2004, December Nights had grown to such size that the event was given to the City of San Diego to manage. Today, December Nights is San Diego’s largest free festival with more than 350,000 guests. Guests enjoy artistic performances, feast on delicious and diverse culinary treats and experience Balboa Park museums, free of charge, during a portion of each evening of the event.

December Nights 2017 is produced by: The City of San Diego, including the Special Events & Filming Department, Park and Recreation Department and other City departments, in partnership with the Balboa Park Conservancy.

Twilight at Balboa Park during December Nights

No tickets needed!
December Nights is a free event.


Balboa Park Conservancy

Balboa Park Botanical Building

Established in 2011, the Balboa Park Conservancy has coproduced December Nights with the City of San Diego since 2013.  The Conservancy ensures the preservation and enhancement of Balboa Park’s natural, cultural, and historical assets for future generations. A private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Conservancy provides expertise, resources, and advocacy to envision, enhance and sustain Balboa Park for all visitors in partnership with the City of San Diego and in collaboration with other organizations in the park and the community.

For more information, visit the Balboa Park Conversancy website.

Sustainability Commitment

With your help, we keep December Nights sustainable in the following ways.


San Diego Gas & Electric®, a Sempra Energy utility, covers the center of the Plaza de Panama with a dazzling and energy-efficient canopy of LED holiday lights that will illuminate the Park for the entire holiday season.

Public Transportation, Rideshares, and more

Eco-friendly is also the easiest way to get to December Nights. View our transportation options and plan your trip!


It’s easy. And it’s everywhere in the park.

Canopy of holiday lights at December Nights


Contact Us

December Nights may only last two days, but we’re here all year.

General Inquiries

Balboa Park Visitors Center
[email protected]

Media Inquiries

Audrey Doherty
Chemistry Public Relations
[email protected]

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