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Balboa Park December Nights: Dec. 7 & 8, 2012

Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 35th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 7, 5-10pm, and Saturday, Dec. 8, noon-10pm. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 300,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.

Engagement Ring Contest

Sponsored by Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers

The winner will be awarded an absolutely stunning Hearts On Fire® engagement ring and the chance to propose in front of thousands at December Nights. Read about the contest on the Leo Hamel website. 


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2012 December Nights Sponsors

Legacy Level


Heritage Level

Think Blue

Community Level

Leo HamelRural Metro  Sharp Republic

Contributing Level

Chevrolet  5 hour energy  Ford Toyota

Pavilion Level

Car2GoPavilionMCDonalds Hobbit

Media Sponsors

Energy XEWT

Thank You to Our Lighting Sponsors

Absolutely Bliss ETC OCS Peterson

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