Balboa Park December Nights

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Things to Know Before You Go


December Nights is a family friendly event in beautiful Balboa Park. We welcome everyone to enjoy all the event has to offer, but in order to make everyone's experience a pleasant one, please consider the following:

PLAN AHEAD. Visit our website and social media sites for up-to-the-minute information!

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. Please remember to respect our park neighbors—keep noise to a minimum, dispose of your trash and recyclables, practice good parking etiquette and remember, if you see something, say something!

LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME. The event welcomes those who require a trained service animal to assist them. For those animals not specifically trained to work in a dynamic, crowded and unpredictable environment, you will be putting your pet in a potentially hazardous and frightening situation. This is why we strongly encourage you to not bring your pet to the event.

CARPOOL, TROLLEY, OR RIDESHARE TO THE EVENT. Ridesharing makes it easier to get to December Nights. Both sides of Sixth Ave. near the Laurel Street Bridge are dedicated drop-off and pick-up locations. Shuttles are provided to help you avoid the traffic directly adjacent to the event. For more information, visit the Transportation/Parking page.

PARKING. Pack your patience, lots fill up quickly. Limited free parking is available at the San Diego Zoo and convenient paid parking is available at the Inspiration Point parking lot ($20 per car).

Disabled parking is available off Park Blvd on Presidents Way. Although the lots are strictly ADA, they do fill up. Please arrive early for the best selection.

For more information, visit the Transportation/Parking page.

WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES. You will be walking on concrete sidewalks, grass, dirt and asphalt. There may be some uneven ground, caution is recommended.

DRESS IN LAYERS. Though San Diego winters are usually mild, the ability to add or subtract a layer will go a long way towards your comfort.

SAFETY FIRST. Strike a pose and snap a photo of everyone in your group and choose a meeting place in case you become separated. Take a picture of where you parked your car (especially in residential areas) to help you find your way back.

RECYCLE. We are providing recycling containers throughout the event area and we are looking to you to help us keep Balboa Park beautiful and ecologically responsible.

We also ask that you follow these simple rules.

NO VENDING/SELLING OR PERFORMING anywhere within the park, its parking lots or sidewalks without an official permit and prior written approval from the event organizer.

NO USE OF DRONES or other unmanned aircraft systems without prior written authorization from the FAA and specific written permission from the event organizer.

NO RUNNING, SKATEBOARDING, ROLLERBLADING, BIKING or other similar activity within the event.

NO RIDING OF SCOOTERS OR OTHER MOTORIZED DEVICES WITHIN THE EVENT PERIMETER, except by persons with a mobility impairment. Park your bikes and scooters in the new designated areas near the Laurel Street Bridge, Fig Tree and the Federal Lawn.

NO FIGHTING, threatening comments or gestures, obscene language or gestures.

NO WEAPONS, including but not limited to firearms, knives, or any other object(s) that may be used in any way to inflict bodily injury on another person.

NO DRINKING OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, except in areas specifically designated for the consumption of alcohol.




Use of Media and Digital Content by the Organizers of December Nights 2020

When you enter December Nights event area, ride an official event shuttle and park in event related parking lots you enter an area where photography, audio and video recording may occur.

By entering the event premises and related areas, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media or any other purpose by the organizers of December Nights, its affiliates, partners and representatives. Images, photos, and/or videos may be used to promote future events, highlight Balboa Park and its related structures and institutions, as well as exhibiting the capabilities of the organizers, suppliers and sponsors of the event.

By your presence within the event premises and related areas you release the event organizers, their officers, directors, staff, partners, sponsors, representatives and agents and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing or publication and use of interviews photographs, images, video and/or sound recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, web casting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, web casting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, image, video, or audio taken by the event organizers or any persons affiliated with and/or authorized by the event organizers to do so.

You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event.

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