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ENTERTAINMENT


Entertainment and holiday cheer are all part of this classic San Diego celebration, and we've got the complete line up. The main-stage Spreckels Organ Pavilion highlights choral presentations from a variety of groups and the Del Cerro Baptist Church Christmas Story Tree is featured each night. The Palisades Stage presents holiday music and dance. Music, theatrical, and dance presentations in many of the museums and cultural organizations-including the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, and the traditional Santa Lucia Procession at the Museum of Man-fill the heart of Balboa Park.

Entertainment runs from 5:00 - 9:00pm on Friday and from noon to 10:00pm on Saturday.


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Anheze Chorus Dec 6, 08 Noon-12:30pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Opera and popular styles
Balboa Park December Nights MC Ken Kramer Dec 6, 08 Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Ken Kramer, NBC San Diego hosts Ongoing Music and Dance Performances on the Organ Pavilion Stage. Saturday, December 6th from 5:00-9:00pm
Balboa Park December Nights MC Sam Bass Dec 5, 08 Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Sam Bass, KYXY radio, hosts Ongoing Music and Dance Performances on the Organ Pavilion Stage on Friday, December 5th.
Bayou Brothers Dec 5, 08 4:50-6:00pm Plaza de Panama Stage

Cajon/Zydeco Musical Gumbo.

Bethel Baptist Church Dec 6, 08 5:30-6:15pm Palisades Stage
Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters Dec 6, 08 4:10-5:20pm Plaza de Panama Stage
Danceable, good-time, traditional Louisiana-style Cajun and Zydeco,
and Mardi Gras music!

Bonita Vista High School Sound Unlimited and The Music Machine Dec 6, 08 7:00-7:50pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
This high-energy group performs a variety of music, from Broadway musicals, swing and multicultural, to contemporary pop tunes.
Carlsbad Dance Company Dec 6, 08 4:35-5:20pm Palisades Stage
Courtly Noyse Dec 5, 08 7:00-8:50pm San Diego Museum of Art
Popular vocal and instrumental group presents a selection of their greatest hits, with Renaissance Christmas music.
Dance Lesson with Greg Benusa Dec 6, 08 2:10-2:30 Plaza de Panama Stage
Del Cerro Baptist Church - Christmas Story Tree Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08 Friday, 7:40-8:30pm Saturday, 8:00-8:50pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
The Christmas Story Tree started out as a church program  in the sanctuary of Del Cerro Baptist in 1976. In 1986 the Tree moved to Balboa ... More
Downbeat Dec 5, 08 9:00-9:50pm Palisades Stage
Big Band and Jazz combo
Dunyana Dec 5, 08 7:00-7:50pm Palisades Stage
Middle Eastern Dance Fusion Group
Fantasy of Trees: Decorating with Nature's Gifts Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08 Casa del Prado Room 101
Garden clubs, plant societies, local florists, and nurseries decorate trees for the annual holiday display.
Harmony Ringers Dec 6, 08 6:30-7:20 & 7:45-8:20 Museum of San Diego History
Classic handbell choir.
House of Pacific Relations International Stage Dec 5, 08 4:00-9:00pm International Cottages Stage
Performances from around the world 4:00 ... More
House of Pacific Relations International Stage Dec 6, 08 Noon-10:00pm International Cottages Stage
12:00 Queen of Queens, Sarah Claytor, & ... More
House of Scotland Pipe Band Dec 6, 08 5:00-5:50pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
The House of Scotland Pipe Band has been a fixture in Balboa Park since 1964. These pipers and drummers make up the official band of Balboa ... More
In a Chord Dec 6, 08 3:20-3:50pm Palisades Stage
San Diego's premiere vocal jazz ensemble with a sound like the Hi- Lo's and Manhattan Transfer.  In aChord astounds audiences with jazz, ... More
In aChord Dec 6, 08 5:00-6:00pm San Diego Museum of Art
Jazz, pop, and vintage classics
Judy Taylor & Wild Oats Dec 6, 08 6:45-8:15pm Plaza de Panama Stage
A variety of country, cowboy, Cajun, Spanish, bluegrass, folk Americana and western music.
Jumpitz Dec 6, 08 12:40-1:10pm Palisades Stage
Featuring an ensemble cast from San Diego, The Jumpitz are a new and original children's entertainment group that brings fun and frolic ... More
Junior Theatre @ December Nights Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08 5:00-9:00pm Junior Theatre Stage
Students perform a variety of holiday musical numbers.
Just Cuz Dec 6, 08 8:00-8:30pm Palisades Stage
A Cappella/Beach Boys Style. Christmas with a California theme.
La Jolla Renaissance Singers Dec 5, 08 5:00-6:50pm San Diego Museum of Art
In period costume, this a capella vocal group performs music from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance - featuring traditional Romanian ... More
Lighthouse Baptist Church Choir Dec 6, 08 4:00-4:50pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Evangelical Christian choir.
Louisiana Saturday Night Dec 6, 08 Noon-12:50pm Plaza de Panama Stage
Louisiana dance hall music features a combination of Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Country, and Rock.
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir Dec 6, 08 3:00-3:50 Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Singing gospel - promoting the arts.
Messengers from the Mount Dec 6, 08 9:00-9:50pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Gospel Pantomime ministry comprised of dedicated adult, teen and youth members
Movies at MoPA Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08 5:00-8:00pm Museum of Photographic Arts
During December Nights, the Museum of Photographic Arts will be presenting free public screenings in the beautiful Joan and Irwin Jacobs ... More
Mystic Steppers Entertainment Dec 6, 08 2:45-3:15pm Palisades Stage
Ballet, ballet en pointe, jazz, lyrical jazz, tap, hip-hop, and Polynesian
Opening Ceremonies - Welcome to Balboa Park December Nights Dec 5, 08 6:00-6:30pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Opening Organ Prelude Dec 5, 08 4:30-5:00pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Holiday tunes by San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams.
Park and Recreation Dept/Therapeutic Services Holiday Carnival and Craft Fair Dec 6, 08 11:00am-3:00pm SATURDAY ONLY War Memorial Building Lawn
Free. Booth and food tickets are $0.25. Crafts, entertainment, food, and games.   At the War Memorial Building lawn located at ... More
Peninsula Singers Dec 6, 08 1:20-1:50pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
A community chorus
Performing Folk Dancers of Balboa Park Dec 6, 08 4:00-4:30pm Palisades Stage
Authentic dances from countries around the world.
Peña Andaluza en California Dec 6, 08 2:00-2:50pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion

The flamenco group of the Peña Andaluza includes singers, dancers and guitarists

Piel de Mexico Dec 6, 08 1:50-2:35pm Palisades Stage
Traditional Ballet Folklorico
Pizarro Brothers Dec 6, 08 1:15-1:45pm Palisades Stage
The Pizarro Brothers, Dominic (age 11) and Angelo (age 8), have both been playing classical piano since the age of 3 1/2. Their repertoire ... More
Pomerado Brass Quintet Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08 5:00-6:00pm Natural History Museum
Traditional holiday music on the 4th floor
Prince Habib Dec 6, 08 8:40-9:30pm Palisades Stage
A singer/songwriter known for smooth, soulful vocals and engaging freestyle live performances.    Prince Habib possesses a bright, ... More
Puppet Show - Balboa Park December Nights Holiday Variety Show Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08 6:00 & 7:00pm Puppet Theater

A Holiday Variety Show celebrated at 6:00 and 7:00pm both nights.

Free!
No daytime shows Dec. 5-7

RB Chorale Dec 6, 08 6:00-6:50pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Musical productions featuring music ranging from Broadway to Harry Potter
Robin Henkel Dec 6, 08 1:00-2:00pm Plaza de Panama Stage
San Diego legend on American steel guitar.
SANTA at Balboa Park December Nights Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08
Busy Santa Claus makes a number of appearances at December Nights! Visit him at: The San Diego Zoo Zone - 5:30-9:30pm both nights San Diego ... More
Sahar Dance Dec 6, 08 6:25-7:10pm Palisades Stage
Egyptian Oriental Belly Dance
San Diego Cajun Playboys Dec 6, 08 2:40-3:50pm Plaza de Panama Stage
Traditional Cajun sung in Cajun French.
San Diego Choraleers Dec 6, 08 Noon-12:30pm Palisades Stage
Adult mixed chorus
San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International Dec 5, 08 8:40-9:30pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
THE SAN DIEGO CHORUS is a women€™s a cappella chorus singing 4-part harmony (barbershop style) and dedicated to local entertainment and ... More
San Diego Civic Dance Association Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08 5:15pm each hour Casa del Prado Patio Stage
Hourly dance performances beginning at 5:15pm featuring tap, jazz, modern, breakdance and more at the Casa del Prado Patio stage.
San Diego Cloggers Dec 6, 08 12:40-1:10pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Clogging is an American form of recreational dancing similar to tap dancing,
San Diego Men's Chorus with a special appearance by American Idol Finalist, Paris Bennett Dec 5, 08 5:00-5:50pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
The Chorus will do a preview of its holiday show on the Organ Pavilion Stage, followed by its participation in the exciting Christmas tree ... More
San Diego Youth in Action Dec 5, 08 5:00-5:50pm Palisades Stage
Dance and mime performed to Christmas music
Santa Lucia Procession Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08 6:00 & 8:00pm both nights Museum of Man
As part of the long-standing tradition of Balboa Park December Nights and Christmas on the Prado the holiday traditions of Sweden are brought to ... More
Schola Pacifica Dec 6, 08 6:00-7:50pm San Diego Museum of Art
 
A program of Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony for Advent and Christmas.
SlapJazz & Spoonful Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08 Friday - 6:20-7:10 Saturday - 5:40-6:30pm Plaza de Panama Stage
Body percussion and jaw harp
Sounds Divine Dec 5, 08 8:00-8:50pm Palisades Stage
Performance chorus
Southwestern College Chamber Singers Dec 5, 08 6:00-6:50pm Palisades Stage
Holiday selections
St. Mark's Bell Choir Dec 5, 08 6:30-7:15 & 7:45-8:30 Museum of San Diego History
Classic handbell choir
Sun Harbor Chorus and Elves Dec 5, 08 6:40-7:30pm Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Four part A Cappella harmony in the Barbershop style.
The Nutcracker Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 14, 08 Friday and Saturday during December Nights at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00pm Casa del Prado Theatre
Clara embarks on a magical journey through a snow kingdom to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Nearly 100 young dancers perform in this annual ... More
Theo & the Zydeco Patrol Dec 6, 08 8:20-9:40 Plaza de Panama Stage

Swamp pop Louisiana dance hall sounds.

Three Chord Justice Dec 5, 08 7:30-8:30pm Plaza de Panama Stage
A mix of country crafted originals and handpicked covers from the likes of Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams, Buck Owens and Patsy Cline.
Tim Cook's Steel Bontemps Band Dec 5, 08 8:50-10:00pm Plaza de Panama Stage

San Diego Roots Country/Tex-Mex

Tinku Dec 6, 08 7:20-7:50 Palisades Stage
Since 1995, TINKU has been performing live music from more than 12 different Latin American countries.  TINKU's repertoire ... More
Tuba4s Dec 5, 08 thru Dec 6, 08 6:00-8:00pm Natural History Museum
Holiday tunes Tuba style! on the 4th floor
USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament and Fan Festival Dec 6, 08 Noon-5:00pm Hall of Champions
Showcasing the world's contact sport with interactive games and a rugby clinic at the Hall of Champions. Bring the ... More