Balboa Park December Nights

Home Entertainment Museums Eat & Drink Shop Know Before You Go By the Way Transportation/Parking Map  

Free Cox logo Wi-Fi!

The City of San Diego and Cox have teamed up to bring free Wi-Fi access to December Nights!

Hotspot Name: Cox WiFi

What's happening in the...

Plaza de Panama Area

Print Friday (Dec 6) Program Print Saturday (Dec 7) Program

Performers

No events found.

Eat & Drink

Bases Loaded SD

Gourmet Loaded Tator Tots! Load up your tots with steak, chicken, chili or bacon, one of 3 cheeses and any of the 10+ additional toppings. For dessert load up on some funfetti dipped, deep fried, oreo sundaes! (Made to share)


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

Beach Cities Refreshment

We have had generations of experience providing an outstanding Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake. Taste the Difference! You can also add quality whole strawberries, French Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream & Chocolate or Caramel syrup. We also provide deep fried Oreo Cookies, Snickers, & Twinkies. In addition we provide top quality Shrimp, Calamari, Chicken Breast Strips and Slushee Lemonade.


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

Bittiebitez Mini Donuts

We make hot fresh mini donuts on site, customer love the taste and the attraction of our lil' orbits mini factory machine. HEAVEN IN EVERY BITE.


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

Carolina Mike's

At Carolina Mike's we prepare & serve from our hearts. Our goal is simply to share our home town flavors and provide a wow experience. We're a traveling Pop-Up and Catering company, serving Southern Style comfort food with a California Twist! "Food for All Souls!"


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

Cocina 35

Voted best Mexican restaurant in San Diego 2018, Cocina 35 specializes in Mexican homemade breakfast, from our delicious and crispy chilaquiles our savory churros and Mexican hot chocolate you will enjoy a little piece of Mexico in every single bite! 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

Cruising Cones

Indulge in delicious, real dairy soft serve ice cream in velvety vanilla, rich chocolate and old fashioned swirl with yummy toppings like chocolate dip, oreos, mini M&M's, and rainbow sprinkles. Warm up with our fresh brewed coffee and creamy hot chocolate.


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

Dang Brother Pizza

Dang Brother Pizza makes wood fired pizza out of the back of vintage, American La France fire trucks. They make a tasty Neapolitan style thin crust pizza that cooks in less than 2 minutes. The result is a thin bubbly crust that is slightly charred on the outside yet chewy on the inside. The dough is made from scratch daily and allowed to proof for 1-2 days before it ends up in the oven. The pizzas are a made-to-order pie that is absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious!


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

Dream Slate Events

Indulge in your favorite wizarding beverage come to life this holiday season with The Butterscotch Holiday Soda Booth. Delicious, chilly and frothy - this drink is designed to enchant your tastebuds!


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

Josie’s Kitchenette

Josie’s Kitchenette is a food vendor that serves a variety of popular Filipino dishes, such as rice and pancit. Chicken adobo, beef lumpia and vegetable lumpia are dishes served from the kitchenette as well, and not only limited to serving Filipino dishes but also teriyaki barbecue and short ribs cooked and marinated in the style of Filipino cuisine.


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, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: The Old Globe
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Panama 66

Enjoy a refreshing craft beer or cocktail in the beautiful May S. Marcy Sculpture Court of Panama 66. Delicious bites are also available such as warm soup, decadent sandwiches and fresh salads.


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

Por Vida Coffee

Por Vida Café is first of its kind in Southern California. From Historic Logan Heights, the heart of San Diego, this coffee shop brings authentic Mexican caffeinated flavors to your mouth. Inspired by a our tias and abuelitas cafésito, our drinks are made with home recipes from scratch. Our house favorite is the Por Vida Latte, with canela and brown sugar not overly sweet, iced or hot. Our Mazapan Latte should not ever go unnoticed, Caros (Ower) favorite! Inspired buy the famous mazapan candy, it’s seriously a treat.


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

Rafikiz Foodz

Rafikiz Foodz serves traditional Kenyan food,brought to America by chef and owner Sylvester Owino. Sylvester comes from Kenya and if from the Luo Tribe. Many of his recipes use a variety of family recipes and spices along with a few that he has added himself. His signature dish are the black eyed peas, which are creamy and have a distinct flavor of their own. Rafikiz Foodz offers a wide range of vegan and non vegan options as well. For those customers that enjoy eating meat they offer a marvelous flavored beef and chicken stew which a very tender. Many of his dishes are vibrant in color but maintain the most amazing textures.


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

SWEA

Experience a bit of Sweden. Indulge authentic Swedish baked goods like saffron buns, apple cake, caramel almond cade, soft gingerbread and loves of fresh rye, fennel and raisin bread. All proceeds go to SWEA’s scholarship fund.


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

Taco Picasso

Artfully Crafted Tacos!


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

Thai Burger Company

Thai Burger Company offers a new modern twist on Thai Food with an American touch. Thai Burger Company is unique, different, and fun.Try our Thai American fusion food such as Thai rcie burgers and Thai fries with boba drinks and more.


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

Pages

Museums

San Diego Museum of Art

From the art of East Asia to German Expressionism to 19th & 20th century American paintings to scultpures, the San Diego Museum of Art is home to more than 20,000 pieces of art.


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

San Diego Museum of Man

Dedicated to the study of humankind, the museum offers a vast array of exhibits from beer to cannibalism to monsters as well as guided tours of the iconic California Tower. Due to construction, the museum and outdoor areas will be closed for the safety the safety of December Nights attendees. See you in 2020!


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

The Old Globe

As one of the country's best regional theaters, The Old Globe will open its doors for theater tours, costume displays in the lobby, and its annual Whoville display. For over a decade, a crowd favorite is the holiday-themed Costume display in the Lobby, curated by Resident Design Associate Charlotte Devaux Shields from the vast Globe costume stocks!


HOURS: Saturday, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
VENUE: The Old Globe
AREA: Plaza de Panama

Timken Museum of Art

Home to a world-class collection of European and American masterpieces and Russian icons, the Timken is also known for its "Jewels of the Season," an annual display of colorful holiday ornaments.


HOURS: Saturday, 5:00 pm 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

Helen Edison Gift Shop - The Old Globe

The Globe’s Helen Edison Gift Shop, with a wide array of theatrical gifts and the Grinch-iest Christmas presents in town! Plush toys, books, ornaments and more!


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

San Diego Art Institute

Looking for gifts with an edgy contemporary art vibe? Then you'll want to head over to Space 1949 for rare finds that include apparel, home goods, accesories and more.


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

For gifts that are a work of art, head over to the Museum Store where you'll find everything from Frida Kahlo rag dolls to Lumio fabric book lights to an inflatable version of the Scream.


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

The San Diego Museum of Man Gift Store has a selection as diverse as humans themselves with everything from Egyptian jewelry to Dia de los Muertos merchandise to limited edition Christmas ornaments. Due to construction, the musuem and outdoor areas will be closed for the safety the safety of December Nights attendees. See you in 2020!


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

Sun Fox

Sun Fox features a wide selection of beautiful sterling silver, bronze and pewter jewelry, hand-forged Thor's hammers, drinking horns and mugs. You’ll find everything from dragons and fairies, Viking and Pagan, to historically accurate reproduction pieces from around the world. Our goal is to bring our family's love and enthusiasm for what we do to everyone who shops with is.


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

Timken Museum of Art Gift Shop

Inspired by its permanent collection and mid-century architecture, the Timken Museum’s shop has a unique selection including books, stationery, scarves and elegant jewelry.


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

Activities

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

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 December Nights. With the parent’s 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 Think Blue

Think Blue is the City of San Diego's storm water pollution prevention campaign. Launched in 2001, Think Blue helps educate residents, businesses and industry leaders about the effects of storm water pollution and about ways to prevent that pollution from harming our environment. Stop by the Think Blue Booth to learn more 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

Soapy Joe's

Soapy Joe’s Car Wash is a family owned and operated business in San Diego County. They are dedicated to providing quality service, customer satisfaction and eco-friendly technology, all at a great value. With multiple locations offering convenient hours, lightning fast express service and premium upgrades, they make it easy for everyone to enjoy their ride. Soapy Joe's uses the most modern, up-to-date water reclamation system in the industry as part of its overall sustainability initiatives. In addition, all products are biodegradable. Soapy Joe's prides themselves not just on their contribution to the environment but the community as well.


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


View Map

Flamenco Arana performing at December Nights
San Diego Museum of Art at December Nights
Tree lighting at December Nights
You must have Javascript enabled to use this form.