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Balboa Park

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

Balboa Park Balboa Park December Nights is the largest free community festival in San Diego, attracting more than 300,000 visitors over two days. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9pm both evenings. Entertainment, wonderful food and holiday cheer are all part of this classic and elaborate San Diego celebration. Long-standing traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the charming Santa Lucia Procession at the San Diego Museum of Man; 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. In addition, the varied museums open for free from 5-9pm both nights feature a wide variety of exhibitions and entertainment, from the Timken Museum’s annual Christmas Tree displaying the exquisite Schlappi Collection of Hord and Schlappi Christmas ornaments, to the Reuben H. Fleet’s kid-friendly and interactive exhibits, to the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Fossil Mysteries set to holiday music in the atrium. Information booths are located in the Plaza de Panama, Cascades Holiday Marketplace, Spreckels Organ Pavilion Stage, and Palisades Midway and are staffed by cheerful volunteers from the Balboa Park Visitors Center and the Friends of Balboa Park.


THIS ONE IS FOR MOMS! … FREE Women’s Workshop!

Thursday, December 13 • 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Home Depot 78 freeway and College location only Make a beautiful 2-tier Chandelier Wreath taught by Brooke Berryman.

No reservation required. For more info call 760-941-5990


Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Sat., December 8 • 6 – 9pm

Parade starts at 7pm Decorated boats fill the waters of the inner harbor. For more info call 722-5751



San Diego Botanical Garden

Garden of Lights Christmas Lights, Starry Nights

Dec 8 – 23, and Dec 26 – 30 • 5pm – 9pm

After the sun goes down, the Gardens are transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 90,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Gardens for a magical holiday experience. Many of these lights are LED, which are much brighter than regular lights. Numerous activities include horse-drawn-wagon rides, holiday crafts • marshmallow roasting • live music hot mulled wine, and refreshments.

Santa will greet young and old alike each night before Christmas from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, in the brightly lit Gazebo

Admission: Members, $6 or 1 guest admission ticket Non-members: Adults $12; Seniors, Military & Students $8 Child 3-12 $4 • Child 2 & under FREE

Parking FREE For more info call 760-943-3036


Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Dove Library – 1775 Dove Lane

Thursday, December 13 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Celebrate the holidays with music and other fun activities. Free • Sign-ups required.

For more info call 760-602-2047



All Saints’ Episcopal Church

Christmas Bazaar & Boutique

651 Eucalyptus Avenue, Vista

Sat, December 8 • 8am – 1pm

Parishioners offer homemade crafts, silent auction to benefit various community outreach ministries

For more info: 760-726-4280

Del Mar 

The Del Mar Fairgrounds Holiday of Lights

Interstate 5 at Via de la Valle

Nightly from Thanksgiving – Sunday, Jan. 1, 2013 Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 -10:00PM

Times vary based on the day of the week $15.00 per car, up to 5 people $20.00 per vehicle, 6 or more people • $50.00 per bus Holiday Hayride $10.00 per person Enjoy the Holiday of Lights on an old-fashioned Hayride. Available on the last two Fridays of November (23rd & 30th) as well as on Friday, Dec 14th and Monday, Dec 17th. The Holiday Hayride runs from 5:30-9:30PM.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Fairgrounds Box Office at 858-792-4252


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