Balboa Park December Nights

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Fun Facts

We're the largest free event in San Diego.


We're growing!

300,000

attendees in 2014

350,000

attendees in 2016

360,000

expected attendees in 2017

 

We're nationally ranked!

 

#5

in USA Today Reader's Poll of Best Holiday Festivals in the U.S.

 

We're celebrating our

40th

year of cheer

in 2017!


By the Numbers

  • 6490
    minutes of scheduled entertainment
  • 700
    poinsettias
  • 163
    volunteers
  • 134
    food vendors
  • 105
    musical and holiday performances
  • 47
    participating institutions and Balboa Park community groups
  • 46
    Artisan/Crafters
  • 34
    International cottages participating with holiday programs
  • 17
    entertainment venues
  • 14
    City, County and State departments and agencies participate in and promote the event
  • 11
    months of planning and execution
  • 10
    days of on-site construction and rehearsal for the Living Christmas Tree performances
  • 7
    Santa Clauses
  • 2
    huge Christmas Trees
  • 1
    Grinch
  • 1
    Einstein
  • 1
    amazing holiday memory for our attendees

We're very family-friendly. Kid-pleasers include:

  • Balboa Park Puppet Theater's production of A Christmas Carol
  • Santa's Express (San Diego Zoo)
  • San Diego Youth Ballet's enchanting excerpts from The Nutcracker
  • Many more!
Crowd at the Organ Pavilion during December Nights
Crowd at the Prado during December Nights
Nutcracker performance at December Nights
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