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Eat & Drink

Beach Cities Refreshment

We have over 20 years experience making fantastic funnel cakes with options including great strawberries, whip cream, ice cream & chocolate or caramel with powdered sugar. If you want all of it we call it the Monster Funnel Cake. We also provide Shrimp, Calamari, Chicken Strips & Fries as well as Sweet Potato Fries. Great Hot Chocolate with whip cream and chocolate syrup and Lemonade Slushees. We also have Deep Fried Snickers, Twinkies, Oreos & Chocolate Chip Cookies!


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

Beachin Boba

Beachin Boba is the first and only mobile drinks & dessert truck in San Diego of its kind to offer a combination of specialty boba drinks, healthy green teas, exotic smoothies, fruit slushies, ice cream and churro desserts all in one little truck. Having roam the streets of San Diego for ten+ years, Beachin' Boba participates in all types of special events and street festivals all over southern California. Popular with crowds of all ages, this little mobile concession is regularly requested for catering of all kinds of private & public events. Special events such as corporate parties, weddings, birthdays, grand openings, employee appreciations and street festivals are their specialty. No matter how large or small the event, Beachin' Boba brings the bitchin' delicious treats!


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

Cocina 35

Cocina 35 a mexican breakfast restaurant that specializes in Chilaquiles, located in the heart of San Diego, Cocina 35 its dedicated to bringing to San Diego the aromas, flavors and essence of mexican breakfast.


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

Got Milk?

The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creators of the iconic got milk? and toma leche campaigns, was established in 1993 to make milk more competitive and increase milk consumption in California. Have a taste of milk at December Nights in a pre-packaged 2 oz. of whole and chocolate milk in disposable branded shot glasses.


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

Hunter Steakhouse

Serving great Santa Maria BBQ, we will be serving sandwiches of either tri tip or chicken breast, all cooked over our open pit using red oak to give a great smoky flavor that you can smell all the was down the street. Try try our delicious red skinned potato salad and ranch style pinquito beans. and those looking for something a little lighter we will have a caeser salad topped your choice of either tir tip or chicken breast. Don't forget to ask for our awesome tasting BBQ sauce.


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

Lady Carolyn's Pub

The Old Globe's outdoor food and beverage pavilion offers hearty soups in a sourdough bread tureen, crisp salads, assorted desserts and beverages like cool Italian soda, rich cappuccinos, a robust Merlot, and steaming Irish coffee


HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
VENUE: The Old Globe
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Mangia Mangia Mobile

2018 Reader's Pick for Best Food Truck by San Diego Magazine specializing in Italian cuisine.


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

Panama 66

Located in The San Diego Museum of Art’s May S. Marcy Sculpture Court, Panama 66 features lunch and dinner, late hours, live music, and weekend brunch.


HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Museum of Art
AREA: Plaza de Panama

S&B Catering Services

We are a family owned Mexican Food Vendor that sells only the best Authentic Homemade Mexican Food.


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

San Diego Art Institute

Traditional Roasted Chestnuts


HOURS: Saturday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Art Institute Exterior
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Smokin' Hot Mess BBQ

Smokin' Hot Mess BBQ is a small catering and event company that specializes in pit smoked barbeque primarily serving San Diego county and surrounding areas. They smoke various meats including brisket, pork, ribs, chicken, tri-tip & smoked turkeys and serve delicious sides to complement them


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

Super Q Food Truck

Super Q Food Truck serving up San Diego's best BBQ! Serving up the best hickory smoked BBQ this side of the Mississippi! Smoked for up to 13 hours with influences from Texas, North Carolina and St. Louis style flavors. Delicious Amazing Melts will leave you coming back for more!


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

SWEA Christmas Bazaar

Swedish Womens' Educational Association (SWEA) annual Christmas Bazaar featuring Swedish foor and craft vendors


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: California Quadrangle
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Swedish Women's Glogg Garden

Enjoy traditional Glogg (flavored Swedish spiced wine) in the Glogg Garden


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
VENUE: California Quadrangle
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Tarantino Gourmet Sausage

The Tarantino Family has been making the finest Sausage for over five decades in San Diego. We honor the family tradition today by crafting our sausages fresh daily from the freshest and finest ingredients available. Tarantino Sausages can be found at Costco Wholesale Warehouse's in the Western United States, WholeFoods Markets and where ever fine foods are sold. Tarantino is also the Official Hot Dog & Sausage of the San Diego Padres.


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

The Copper Kettle

The Copper Kettle offers freshly made Kettle corn.


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

The Globe Guilders

Popcorn Booth


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: The Old Globe
AREA: Plaza de Panama

The Prado at Balboa Park

An award-winning, full-service restaurnt located in the House of Hospitality. The diverse cuisine includes an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and imaginiative entrees. Full service lounge. Entertainment, trees, and children's craft area.


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

ZS BUDDIES SUSHI

Zs Buddies Sushi is a gourmet food truck serving San Diego area. We specializes in Japanese fusion sidhes, such as Sushi Burritos, Poke, etc... We cater for all occasions, and our weekly schedule can be found on our social medias: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Book us for your next event! It?s a taste you will never forget!


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

Museums

San Diego Museum of Art

From the art of East Asia to German Expressionism, 19th & 20th century American paintings and scultpures, there is something for everyone.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Museum of Art
AREA: Plaza de Panama

San Diego Museum of Man

Housed in the historic California Building with its iconic California Tower, the Museum of Man has been educating and entertaining visitors from around the world for more than 100 years. The museum hosts a vast range of human history and culture from beer to cannibalism to monsters. In addition, the museum offers guided tours of the California Towe.


HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Museum of Man
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Timken Museum of Art

Jewels of the Season annual holiday display of Hord & Schlappi Ornaments. Home to the Putnam Foundation’s world-class collection of European and American masterpieces and Russian icons. Free admission year round


HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
VENUE: Timken Museum of Art
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Shops

Balboa Park Visitor's Center Pop-up Store

Find the perfect gift at the Vistor's Center Pop-up Store! Balboa Park specialty items, holiday scarves, ornaments, light-up gadgets and more.


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

Cox Communications

Enjoy free WiFi at December Nights powered by Cox. Stop by our booth to find out about the latest residential offering from Cox Automation


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

Helen Edison Gift Shop - The Old Globe

Plush toys, books, ornaments, apparel and other gifts based upon "How the Grinch Stole Chirstmas!"


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
VENUE: The Old Globe
AREA: Plaza de Panama

San Diego Art Institute

Dedicated to advancing experimental, bi-national contemporary art, SDAI focuses on new work by artists living between Los Angeles and Tijuana, with a focus on San Dieg Artists.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Art Institute
AREA: Plaza de Panama

San Diego Museum of Art Gift Shop

The Museum Store features a wide variety of one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, and art inspired toys. Proceeds from each sale go back in supporting the Museum's exhibitions and educational programs.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Museum of Art
AREA: Plaza de Panama

San Diego Museum of Man Gift Shop

Stop at the San Diego Museum of Man Gift Store for a selection as diverse as the Museum itself. Find fine Egyptian jewelry, Dia de los Muertos merchandise, illustrated children's books portraying Native American legends, and and limited edition 2018 Christmas Ornaments


HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
VENUE: San Diego Museum of Man
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Timken Museum of Art Gift Shop

Featuring holiday orgnaments, jewels of the season, notecard sets and more.


HOURS: Saturday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
VENUE: Timken Museum of Art
AREA: Plaza de Panama

More Fun

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

San Diego Police Department

The San Diego Police Department is hiring for Police Officer, Dispatchers and Volunteers! Come meet a recruiter at our booth!


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

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 the December Nights event. With the parent痴 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 Police Department

Vision Zero. Our goal is to achieve zero traffic related fatalities and severe injuries by 2025. Learn more about making our streets and sidewalks safer as we live, work and play.


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

San Diego Think Blue

Come by the Think Blue Booth at the Plaza De Panama to say hi, get a prize and learn 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

The Globe Gilders

The Whoville Christmas Tree will light up the Globe's Copley Plaza. Take photoswith the Grinch or with cut-out figures of The Grinch, Max the Dog and Cindy-Lou Who.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
VENUE: The Old Globe
AREA: Plaza de Panama

The Old Globe

The Old Globe Theatre will be open for tours of the theatre, a display from the Globe’s massive archive of period costumes and props will be in the Lobby and the Whoville Town Square scene from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” will be on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage”.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
VENUE: The Old Globe
AREA: Plaza de Panama


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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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