Balboa Park December Nights
There’s no holiday stress here. You’ll get to December Nights in good cheer using one of these methods:
Leave your car and leave the driving to someone else. Our free shuttles run:
Friday, Dec. 1
3:00 p.m. - midnight
Saturday, Dec. 2
11:30 a.m. - midnight
It's always in season and always a good idea. You can reach Balboa Park from most San Diego neighborhoods—as well as cities in East County, North County and South Bay—by bus, trolley or train. Plan your trip at the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) website.
Get in your workout and get in and out of the park with no hassle.
Walk from Hillcrest, North Park, Little Italy, East Village and other downtown neighborhoods as well as the Smart Corner transit station. Please remember to be a good citizen and respect the residents of the neighborhoods as you are passing by.
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.
The San Diego Zoo parking lot is the only free, non-permitted lot at the Park. It fills very quickly. Arrive early to park there.
Optional preferred parking are available at the following parking lots. These are the closest lots to the park.
Cash and/or credit cards are accepted.
Natural History Museum lot
South Carousel lot
Inspiration Point parking lot
1450 6th Avenue parking lot
1451 3rd Avenue parking lot
110 West Ash Street parking lot
6th & A Parkade