ICA Central

Friday, December 2
3:00 pm–9:00 pm


December Nights in Balboa Park

Join us Dec. 2 – 3 for the City of San Diego’s largest free holiday festival in beautiful Balboa Park!

The family-friendly event brings San Diegans together to enjoy the lights, the sounds, the attractions, and of course, the amazing food.

We have prepared an exciting oasis for you and your family during the event!

    For two days only, support ICA San Diego’s FREE programming by buying your holiday gifts created by our Ceramics Lab members at ICA San Diego / North.
    Enjoy a tour of GRAVE/GROVE from the ICA’s Engagement Guides. 3 – 6 pm on the hour.
    Join, renew or upgrade your ICA Membership and get a cool goodie bag from our sponsors! Topo Chico, Mizu, Aesop, Wind & Sea, Poketo, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
    Check-in at ICA San Diego / Central and enter a RAFFLE to win a “Wheel Throwing Beginner – Intermediate” class worth $350 USD* starting February 2023 at the Ceramic Lab ICA San Diego / North in Encinitas.
  • ICA BAR 
    Join us for festive drinks (cash bar) and music by house DJ Da Emem 6 – 9 pm.

* The winner will be announced Monday, December 5 via email. No cash value. The raffle prize must be confirmed by January 5, 2023, or prize will be revoked. The winner will receive one course which includes six weekly classes. No substitutions.

Parking Information

Early Lot Closures

  • Alcazar Lot – Closed to Public Access Nov 30 at 6AM (Staging for Equipment)
  • Village Place – Closed to Public Parking Access Nov 30 at 6AM
  • The Palisades Lot – Closed to Public Access Nov 30 at 10PM (Signs being updated which currently say 3PM.

Permit Parking Required Lots  (Starting Friday at 6AM – Sunday at 6AM)

  • Organ Pavilion
  • North Carousel
  • Casa del Balboa
  • Pepper Grove
  • Federal Lot

Paid Lots (Managed by Ace)

  • Inspiration Point – $30 Public Parking / $25 Pre-Pay Online | Free parking with Balboa Park Institution credentials
  • Natural History Museum – $45 Preferred Parking / $40 Pre-Pay Online
  • South Carousel Lot –  $45 Preferred Parking / $40 Pre-Pay Online

ADA Parking

  • Fleet Science Center Lot (Free ADA for Public)
  • Federal Lot (Limited Free ADA for Public)
  • Organ Pavilion Lot (Limited ADA with designated permit.

This map also designates the Permit Parking Only / Paid Parking Options: