Balboa Park December Nights

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The City of San Diego and Cox have teamed up to bring free Wi-Fi access to December Nights!

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Activities

 

Merry treats await you around every corner at December Nights. From amusement rides to photo ops and Santa in between, we've got activities for all ages.

Christiansen Amusements Carnival Rides & Games

Carnival Rides and Games are our passion. Christiansen Amusements has classic midway games, playful kiddie rides, and breath-stealing spectacular carnival rides. There is nothing like that first thrill as you step onto carnival rides or step up to the counter for a game. That is a memory that lingers for your entire life. You can ride a thousand carnival rides, and every time is like the first one when you were a kid. Returning this year, Saturday from noon until 5 pm all you can ride wristband for $25.


HOURS: Saturday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: Palisades Midway
AREA: Palisades

IHeart Radio Festive Photo Station

The perfect place to take your holiday greeting card photos! From a giant gingerbread house to a surfing Santa, you’ll find a variety of fun and festive holiday settings to snap the perfect holiday greeting! Hosted by Star 94.1, JAM’N 95.7, 101.5 KGB, Rock 105.3, XTRA 1360, AM 600 KOGO and Channel 933.


HOURS: Saturday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: Plaza de Panama
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Imperfect Produce

20 billion pounds of produce are unsold each year because they do not meet the arbitrary cosmetic standards of grocery stores. Imperfect sources this surplus produce directly from farms and delivers it to your door. Pick your produce each week and easily skip your delivery when you are out of town. Imperfect Produce has recovered over 40 million pounds of produce since launching in 2015. Join us in saving more and wasting less!


HOURS: Saturday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: Palisades Midway
AREA: Palisades

Miniature Railroad

Enjoy a three minute ride through four acres of Balboa Park.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: Carousel Area
AREA: Spanish Village

San Diego Police Department

It's always best to be safe! The San Diego Police Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol Program offers a free child fingerprinting identification service for all children attending December Nights. With the parent’s consent the child's fingerprints are taken by a trained RSVP member. The print card is then given to the parent for safekeeping. In the event the child becomes lost or missing the parent will give their child's fingerprint card to the investigating law enforcement agency to assist with locating the child.


HOURS: Saturday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: Plaza de Panama
AREA: Plaza de Panama

San Diego Think Blue

Think Blue is the City of San Diego's storm water pollution prevention campaign. Launched in 2001, Think Blue helps educate residents, businesses and industry leaders about the effects of storm water pollution and about ways to prevent that pollution from harming our environment. Stop by the Think Blue Booth to learn more about how you can help prevent pollution in our waterways.


HOURS: Saturday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: Plaza de Panama
AREA: Plaza de Panama

San Diego Zoo

During December Nights the main concourse leading to the Skyfari aerial tram is open.The world-famous San Diego Zoo, a world leader in species conservation, is home to more than 3,700 animals from some 650 species and subspecies and its botanical collection has more than 700,000 exotic plants.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Zoo
AREA: Spanish Village

San Diego Zoo

The Zoo’s Holiday on Front Street will be in full swing. It will be the spot to relax, hang out, and wind down with holiday treats, craft beer, wine, and seasonal drinks like Gimme S’more Hot Chocolate, Good Tidings, Irish coffee, mulled wine, and spiced apple cider. Have a seat and listen to music served up by a DJ, enjoy the lights, join in the Zoolahoop contest, or take a ride on the Zoo’s Skyfari aerial tram. Don’t forget holiday shopping—our gift shops will be open. Admission to the Zoo’s Holiday on Front Street is complimentary and the Skyfari is available for a nominal fee.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Zoo
AREA: Spanish Village

Soapy Joe's

Soapy Joe’s Car Wash is a family owned and operated business in San Diego County. They are dedicated to providing quality service, customer satisfaction and eco-friendly technology, all at a great value. With multiple locations offering convenient hours, lightning fast express service and premium upgrades, they make it easy for everyone to enjoy their ride. Soapy Joe's uses the most modern, up-to-date water reclamation system in the industry as part of its overall sustainability initiatives. In addition, all products are biodegradable. Soapy Joe's prides themselves not just on their contribution to the environment but the community as well.


HOURS: Saturday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: Plaza de Panama
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Televisa/Energy Communications

XEWTV 12 Televisa Californias, the leading Hispanic Television Broadcasting Station in the region, will be present with its famous prize-wheel, giving away family four-pack of tickets to Southern California's best theme parks, as well as other prizes. Some of its anchors and on-screen talent, along with its famous mouse, Tebeo, will be in attendance as well, ready to take a selfie and/or greet you in Canal 12's Holiday photo op space.


HOURS: Saturday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: Palisades Midway
AREA: Palisades

 
Balboa Park Pavilion at December Nights
Christmas Story show at December Nights
Christmas ornaments at December Nights
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