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Balboa Park December Nights

Participating museums (including the Fleet Science Center) offer FREE admission from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both evenings!


Balboa Park December Nights
Balboa Park December Nights
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Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 41st consecutive year on Friday, December 7, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, December 8, noon to 11 p.m. Participating Balboa Park museums (including the Fleet Science Center!) open their doors free of charge from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. both evenings. The Fleet opens both days at 10 a.m. with regular admission prior to 5 p.m.

As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, enjoy merriment in Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.” Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

Visit Balboa Park December Nights 2018 for more information.


December Nights at the Fleet

The Fleet Science Center will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on December 7 and 8. Regular admission prices apply until 5 p.m. each day. Starting at 5 p.m., exhibit gallery admission is free. 

December Nights at the Fleet includes:

  • Fun for all ages with 100+ hands-on exhibits

  • Live Tesla coil demonstrations every 30 minutes, starting at 5:15 p.m.

  • A “Borax Snowflake” make-it/take-it activity for just $5

  • Live science shows from the Fleet's Don't Try This At Home team every half-hour, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • A photo opportunity with the Fleet's own Albert Einstein

  • Multiple chemistry demonstrations

  • Stellar holiday shopping at the North Star Science Store, with a selection of delightfully nerdy gifts you won't find anywhere else

  • Festive food at our cafe, Craveology, featuring pecan smoked chicken wings, pulled pork sliders, sourdough bread bowls with soup or chili, an array of holiday sweets and more, open until 9 p.m. during December Nights

For the first time ever, the Fleet will have a 21+ lounge, The Black Hole! This indoor escape is the perfect spot to get lost in! Adults with ID can skip the line and get fast-track entry into The Black Hole.

  • Enjoy local craft beers and wine

  • Indulge with food from Craveology

  • Take part in interesting conversations with Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar

  • Get your game on with board games provided by IDW Publishing 

  • Enter the Giant Dome to enjoy your favorite holiday songs combined with intriguing graphics

  • Take advantage of giveaways, including books, wine bags, coasters and more!

Come join us for all the festive holiday fun!


Parking and Transportation Information

The Fleet's main parking lot will be open to disabled parking ONLY all day Friday and Saturday (December 7 and 8). The nearest public parking will be at Inspiration Point or the San Diego Zoo. Find out about all of your December Nights parking and transportation options here, including free and paid parking, public transit, shuttles and more.