We are experiencing technical difficulties in our Giant Dome Theater. We are currently not showing documentary or IMAX films but remain open with visitors until 5pm today. We apologize for the inconvenience.
   We’re Open Today
10:00am to 5:00pm

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

The California Tower

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 on Friday, December 6, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, December 7, noon to 11 p.m. Participating Balboa Park museums (including the Fleet Science Center!) open their doors free of charge from 5 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 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, including Pause|Play.

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

  • Creat a Borax Snowflake ornament to take home in Sudio X for just $5

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

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

  • 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 sourdough bread bowls with clam chowder or chili, an array of holiday-themed coffee drinks, sweets and more. 


Please note: The skating rink will be closed on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, during December Nights. We will transform Winter Paradice into a cocktail lounge with games and activities for 21+ attendees.


 Don't miss the Fleet's 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

  • Fun games nad activities availalbe

  • Enter the Giant Dome Theater to enjoy your favorite holiday songs combined with a bigger-than-life yule log chimney that will keep you "warm" and cozy. 

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.