December Nights, Balboa Park 2019

Jim Parrish, Chair


Friday, December 6, 3:00–11:00pm
Saturday, December 7, noon – 11:00pm


This annual holiday celebration is the largest free community festival in San Diego.  Participating museums open their doors free of charge between 5:00 and 9:00pm.  Activities include live musical and dance performances, the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California, gift shopping at the museum stores and artisan studios of Spanish Village, foods from around the world under the banner of the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages.  SDMG will be open to the public for people to walk in and have a look around.  For the members who volunteer, it's an opportunity for free class time, and we have our own potluck dinner and snack area where we share goodies among the volunteers.  SDMG has exhibit cases, demonstrations, plus it's a great time to educate visitors about rocks and introduce new enthusiasts to the Society.

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Get in the holiday spirit – visit Balboa Park and all its festivities, and be sure to take part in YOUR club's annual Open House:

Be a Tour Guide
show the public our museum and classrooms

Work in the Selling Booth
give people the opportunity to buy a wonderful treasure

Work in the Classrooms (for free)
show what beautiful things we can make

Want to join in the fun?  The rules are very simple:

  • Sign up!  Print your name on the clipboards in the classrooms.
  • Come EARLY.  Official start time is 3:00pm, but plan on traffic, so try to come by 2:30pm on Friday, or noon on Saturday.)
  • Park in the ZOO Parking Lot.  (Remember your animal.)
  • Bring goodies:  cookies, chili, veggies & dip, deviled eggs, pie…
  • Share your enthusiasm for the hobby.
  • If you can work in the selling booth, contact us ASAP at

As always, refreshments will be laid out in the SDMG Library for participants.  The Society will provide paper plates, cups, plastic cutlery, napkins, punch, coffee, tea and hot chocolate – members are asked to supply the rest!

There is room for everyone:

– rock carvers – bead stringers –

– cab makers – silversmiths –

– faceters – chain makers –

– collectors, with their favorite rocks –

– sphere makers –


The general public is fascinated by everything we do, and (almost) everyone loves rocks and has a great story to share about their granddad or mom or son who did something amazing: mined for gold in Alaska, collected rocks from the ocean bottom or discovered a new fossil species.  Come be surprised, delighted and enjoy life!




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