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December Nights wraps up Saturday night

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) -- More than 300,000 people are expected to enjoy the two-day "December Nights" festival as it wraps up in Balboa Park Saturday night.

The 32nd annual event, touted as the largest free community festival in San Diego, attracts more than 300,000 people to Balboa Park over its two-day run.

Highlights 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" exhibit with food from around the globe, a Santa Lucia procession, 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.

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 noon to 10 p.m.

To avoid the crowds, people are urged to use free shuttles from Petco Park, the San Diego County Administration Building and City College, or use public transit.

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