Balboa Park December Nights

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Fun Facts

We're the largest free event in San Diego.

We're growing!


attendees in 2014


attendees in 2016


expected attendees in 2017


We're nationally ranked!



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


We're celebrating our


year of cheer

in 2017!

By the Numbers

  • 6490
    minutes of scheduled entertainment
  • 700
  • 163
  • 134
    food vendors
  • 105
    musical and holiday performances
  • 47
    participating institutions and Balboa Park community groups
  • 46
  • 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
  • 1
  • 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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