Balboa Park December Nights

Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8

Hours, offers, and rules:

The Museum will be open from 3-9 PM on both days. Last entry into the Museum will be at 8:30 PM.

Free general admission, which includes access to Hidden Gems, Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage, Coast to Cactus, Extraordinary Ideas, Water: A California Story, Skulls, Fossil Mysteries, and Baja’s Wild Side.

Films are available for $5 per person in our giant-screen theater. Now showing: Wonders of the Arctic 3D and Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D. See below for showtimes.

Access to the Rooftop Lounge, a 21-and-up (valid ID required) lounge area rarely seen by the public, will also be available. The Rooftop Lounge will be open 3-9 PM both days (weather permitting). Get a bird’s eye view of December Nights while enjoying a glass of wine or craft beer as well as a tasty salad or sandwich. If you’d like additional food options, we’ll be serving a full menu of delicious dishes at The Flying Squirrel Café.

All guests must enter the Museum using the south entrance (just off the Prado Walkway) and exit through the north doors only (near the Moreton Bay Fig Tree).

Strollers are not permitted inside the Museum during December Nights due to space restrictions. Stroller valet parking is available, free of charge, on the north side of the Museum (near the Moreton Bay Fig Tree). Stroller parking closes at 8:45 PM.

We will have live holiday music playing inside the Museum from 5-8:45 PM. Featured artists include the Pomerado Brass Quintet from 5-6:30 PM and the TubaFours from 6:45-8:45 PM.

Authentic, locally-sourced mistletoe handpicked by the Museum’s Canyoneers will be available for purchase.

For more information on parking and traffic, please visit Balboa Park’s website.

December Nights Theater Schedule

3:30 PM Wonders of the Arctic 3D
4:15 PM Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D
5 PM Backyard Wilderness 3D
5:45 PM Wonders of the Arctic 3D
6:30 PM Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D
7:15 PM Backyard Wilderness 3D
8 PM Wonders of the Arctic 3D