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December Nights kicks off Friday in Balboa Park

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CNS) - The 32nd annual "December Nights" gets under way tomorrow in Balboa Park, with more than 300,000 people expected to take part in the two-day holiday festival.

The event, now in its 32nd year, is touted as the largest free community festival in San Diego.

Highlights of the event include theatrical performances, international choirs, dance presentations, elaborate holiday light displays, attractions, a Christmas tree and a marketplace.

There will be a "Christmas on the Prado" exhibition with food from around the globe, a Santa Lucia profession, gift shopping, music and artisans from Spanish Village.

Balboa Park museums will open their doors free of charge from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. both days.

There will also be a "My Ancestors Village" exhibit on traditional Native American culture sponsored by the Barona Band of Mission Indians and holiday traditions from more than 30 countries at the "International Cottage Christmas Festival."

The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

To avoid the crowds, attendees were encouraged to use free off-site shuttles from Petco Park, the San Diego County Administration Building and City College, or use public transit.


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