Blogmas Day 5: December Nights in Balboa Park!

Hey everyone! Hope you aren’t getting sick of the Christmas posts yet, because boy do I have one for you! Ever since I was a freshman in college, I had heard about this event in Balboa Park in San Diego called December Nights. It is an annual event where the entirety of Balboa Park gets decked out in Christmas goodness. This includes lights, wreaths, candles, and carolers. I finally got a chance to go this year with my two roommates and it was quite the excursion. What better month to share such an adventure!?

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Just to give a quick visual if you are unfamiliar with Balboa Park, it’s a gorgeous area in San Diego with many art museums including the Timkin and the San Diego Museum of Art. There is also a botanical garden and loads of beautiful buildings with some of the most gorgeous architecture. I definitely recommend stopping here if you’re on a vacation in San Diego and love art!

So I’m going to start from the very beginning. One of my roommates had been to this event before and warned us that it gets extremely busy during the two nights that it’s open (December 1st and 2nd). I was definitely expecting it to be crowded, but I was not prepared for Disneyland style lines and the absence of close parking spots. Long story short, we ended up parking a mile away from Balboa and trekked up a giant hill (in heels I might add). So I’m very proud of my roommates and I for resisting the urge to get an Uber and getting some exercise in! Yes girl! Right before we got there, we found an adorable little train with some bright palm tree lights. This gave me major California vibes and I loved it! When we finally got to the park, we found a little area with tons of tiny shops and a bunch of Christmas lights! After taking a short stroll through that area, we stopped at a small coffee stand for some macha and hot chocolate! The environment was so cozy and bright, it was simply the perfect start to our night! Also, did I mention how freaking crowded it was?? (Just wanted to reiterate, lol).

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As we continued to walk through Balboa, we took in the sights of all the lovely lights and maneuvered through the masses of people. We ran into a couple people from our school and listened to some Christmas songs sung by a choir. The most vibrant lights were illuminated onto the intricate architecture and created the most stunning patterns. There was a section near the theater that was completely Grinch inspired. There was a giant Whoville tree where most people were taking pictures and the Grinch was peeking over one of the buildings! The Who tree was probably one of my favorite aspects of December Nights. We also walked through an area that had about ten displays going through the story of Jesus’ birth. I really loved this part of December Nights as well since this is the reason my family and I celebrate Christmas! Happy Birthday J.C.!

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Here also is a couple photos of my beautiful roommates and I. They had some great areas set up specifically to take pictures so we tried to take advantage. Once we had seen everything there was to see, we made the trip back to the car. I’m so glad I got to have such a Christmasy night with two of my greatest friends. Thanks girlies for a great college memory!

Also, I’d like to apologize for the blurriness/graininess of these photos. I tried my best to get decent photos but it was honestly so crowded it was hard just to pull my camera out! It was also nighttime which doesn’t make for the best photos. I always try to get top quality photos on here, but unfortunately, this night did not allow for that. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that it got you even more into the spirit of Christmas! Talk to you guys tomorrow! xx

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