Balboa Park prepares for December Nights

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SAN DIEGO – Balboa Park was abuzz Thursday with preparations for the 35th annual December Nights.

BalboaParkChristmasTreeThe two day event, which kicks off the holiday season this weekend, is one of San Diego’s most popular with 300,000 people expected in the park Friday and Saturday.

“Today is a bustling day,” said Debbie Petruzzelli with Balboa Park Public relations.  “Balboa Park December Nights is San Diego’s largest free community festival.”

The museums are open and free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  There are lights, choir performances, bell ringers, carolers and more

“We have food from around the world in the international cottages,” said Petruzzelli.  “This is truly one of San Diego’s premier events.”

Park visitors say there is nothing like it.

“The food is delicious. There’s a lot of singing going on and the festivities are so happy,” said one park goer.  “It really puts you in the Christmas spirit.”

As far as parking in the park, there really is none.  Petco Park is the largest off sight parking area. It’s $5 a car and the ten minute shuttle ride is free.  Balboa Park representatives recommend getting in line at Petco by 7 p.m. There is also free parking at City College.  People can take the free shuttle from there or they have the option to walk the half mile to the park.

“There are also three premier paid lots two near the Natural History Museum and one at Inspiration Point where the old Navy Hospital location is,” said Petruzzelli.  “Those are $20 per car.”

Park goers who have any questions can tweet the park using the handle @decembernights and you’ll get a real time response to your question.  For more information go to the December Nights website.

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  • Jake Blues

    Don’t forget the Del Cerro Baptist Church Christmas Story Tree Performance at 8:30PM which is the center piece of December ( Christmas on the Prado) Nights on the Organ Pavilion.

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