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There's a reason 350,000 people start their holidays with December Nights. From ballet and banjos to parades and puppetry, the holiday entertainment is top-notch and non-stop.

Live and Upcoming Events

Here are some of the shows happening right now or coming up soon.

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Saturday, Dec 7
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
San Diego Model Railroad Museum

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum isn't just for model trains this December Nights. Chug on over for holiday activities and visit with the North Pole's top conductor, Santa.

VENUE: Casa de Balboa
AREA: El Prado

Saturday, Dec 7
12:00 pm to 12:25 pm
Prime Time Steppers

The Prime Time Steppers, an energetic group of seniors have been performing in and around San Diego since 1992. They continually perform in the San Diego County area at retirement homes, senior centers, recreation centers, various club meetings and the San Diego County Fair. They present colorful dance styles such as jazz, country and Charleston.

VENUE: Cascades Marketplace Stage
AREA: Cascades

Saturday, Dec 7
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

92124 is a group of young professional musicians that love to put on a show. Their performance is very upbeat, energetic, and very entertaining. 92124 has performed all over the San Diego area including the 2018 Del Mar Fair. They performed at the 2018 December Nights and they are looking forward to performing again this year.

VENUE: Botanical Stage
AREA: Botanical

Saturday, Dec 7
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
House of Pacific Relations Queens Opening

Each year, the member Houses of the HPR elect Queens and Princesses to reign for one year. The HPR Queens Organization fosters a spirit of understanding, tolerance and goodwillbetween all races and nationalities, and prepares its members to be adult members of their Houses. The Queens act as "goodwillambassadors" of HPR and present the music and dance of various ethnic groups at events throughout San Diego County.

VENUE: International Cottages Stage
AREA: International Cottages

Saturday, Dec 7
12:00 pm to 12:40 pm
Amanda Fagan

Amanda Fagan loves Christmas. The only thing she loves more than Christmas goodies is writing amazing songs, and playing them on her Ukulele. Some people call her the next Taylor Swift, while others refer to her as sounding like Billie Eilish. She performed this past summer at the El Dorado County Fair near Sacramento. She will play Christmas songs on her Ukulele at December Nights.

VENUE: The Palms at Recital Hall
AREA: Palisades

Saturday, Dec 7
12:00 pm to 12:40 pm
Samahan Filipino American Dance Company

The Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts and Education Center, Inc., helps the Filipino American youth acquire pride in their cultural heritage by providing them an opportunity to participate and experience Philippine dance and music as a social and recreational activity. Samahan has endeavored for four decades to advance the Filipinos’ beautiful culture, reaching out to a large number of youth and to the San Diego community. Samahan has continued to sustain a milieu for the San Diego community to appreciate Philippine cultural arts through dance, music and living traditions, all to enrich cultural diversity.

VENUE: Organ Pavilion
AREA: Organ Pavilion

Saturday, Dec 7
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
San Diego Civic Dance Arts Recreation Level Dancers

Founded in 1942, the Civic Dance Arts Program of the City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department has introduced hundreds of thousands of citizens to the art form of dance. Classes are currently offered at 22 city recreation centers and Balboa Park facilities at affordable prices, with fees waived in some cases. This enables children and adults from all economic and cultural backgrounds to fully participate in the study of dance. Dancers from Recreation level classes citywide representing the SD City Parks & Rec Dance Arts Program will be performing at December Nights.

VENUE: Casa del Prado Patio
AREA: El Prado

Saturday, Dec 7
12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Line Dancing Lesson with Lori King

Lori King will be sharing some line dances from the south for your foot stomping pleasure!

VENUE: Bon Temps Social Club Stage
AREA: Plaza de Panama

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Participating museums of Balboa Park open their doors with free admission during December Nights.

Enjoy free admission to the Balboa Park Museums!

5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday (12/6) and Saturday (12/7)

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Two children taking a photo with Santa at December Nights


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.

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Flamenco Arana performing at December Nights
San Diego Museum of Art at December Nights
Tree lighting at December Nights
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