Balboa Park December Nights

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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

Getting There


There’s no holiday stress here. You’ll get to December Nights in good cheer using one of these methods:


All aboard, the free shuttle will pick-up and drop-off downtown at Ash St. between 5th and 6th Ave only. Sorry, no pets allowed with the exception of service animals.

There is no shuttle service from City College.

Hours of Operation

Friday, Dec. 7
3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8
11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

View Shuttle Locations

Last shuttle to the park leaves at 8:30 p.m. on both nights.

Public Transit

The Metropolitan Transit System will provide service to three locations adjacent to December Nights. City College (11th & C), 5th Ave Trolley Station (5th & C) and Park and University. Routes 7 and 215 will bypass Park Blvd during the event, therefore, MTS will not conduct direct bus service along Park Blvd from Downtown to Hillcrest. For more information, visit


Lyft logo

We're partnering with LYFT to bring you a joyful rideshare experience! Enjoy a 20 percent discount off two rides with the code DECNIGHTS and relax in the LYFT lounge until your ride arrives. The lounge is adjacent to the ridesharing drop-off, pick-up area on Sixth Avenue (near the Laurel St. bridge.)

Limited quantity available. Discount applies to fare and Prime Time charges only. Maximum savings of $5 per ride. Valid between Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, 2018. Pickup or drop-off must be within the coverage area. Cannot be combined with other ride credit or offers. Subject to Lyft's Terms of Use.

View Lyft Pick-up/Drop-off Zones in Google Maps

Bike/Dockless Vehicles

Scooters and bikes are fun, but not inside a crowded event. Park your wheels in the new designated areas near the Laurel Street Bridge, Fig Tree and Federal Lawn.

No dockless vehicles are allowed within the event perimeter.


Leave the car at home. It’s a short walk from the Smart Corner transit hub, Hillcrest, North Park, Little Italy and East Village. Please remember to be respectful as you stroll through the surrounding neighborhoods.


Parking in Balboa Park during December Nights is available. There is limited free parking, free ADA parking and paid vehicle parking. All other areas require a permit.

Free Parking

If you’re driving to December Nights, be prepared, lots fill up quickly. Limited free parking is available at the following lots.

San Diego Zoo lot

City College lot
Walk across the well-lit City College bridge to get to the big event.

Free Disabled Parking

There are two lots available for persons with a valid ADA placard or license plate:

Fleet Science Center lot
156 spaces

Federal lot
33 spaces

Paid Parking

Paid parking is available at the following parking lots.

Cash and/or credit cards are accepted.

Inspiration Point parking lot

Natural History Museum lot

South Carousel lot

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