Balboa Park’s vacation custom – December Nights – received’t occur as regular subsequent month as a result of coronavirus pandemic. As a substitute, the occasion will morph right into a scaled-down model of its former self, incorporating one huge COVID-era pattern: The drive-thru.
As a substitute of the conventional, weekend-long occasion within the coronary heart of the San Diego landmark, the modified, 2020 model is named “Style of December Nights,” and can happen on Dec. four by Dec. 6 within the Inspiration Level parking zone close to Balboa Park.
The Metropolis of San Diego mentioned the three-day occasion will characteristic greater than 20 meals vehicles and distributors providing the worldwide dishes which might be standard on the conventional December Nights.
Guests will be capable of roll by the occasion – in a “drive-thru setting” – and choose up meals. Town mentioned all guests should stay of their automobiles, and all COVID-19 security protocols will likely be enforced, together with the carrying of face masks.
Bikes, scooters and walk-up guests is not going to be allowed.
December Nights is the newest 2020 San Diego occasion to be modified in a manner that higher fits the pandemic occasions. Different tentpole occasions like San Diego Comedian-Con Worldwide and San Diego Pleasure shifted to smaller, digital variations of themselves over the summer season. San Diego Beer Week earlier this month did the identical.
Some native 2020 occasions – just like the Wonderfront Music Pageant and Fourth of July fireworks – have been canceled altogether on account of considerations over the coronavirus.
The Metropolis of San Diego has been attempting to determine the destiny of December Nights for months. Again in August, the town mentioned it was exploring methods to proceed the vacation occasion, albeit in altered kind.
To that finish, the town mentioned December Nights could be “reimagined,” and one of many concepts floating round was this drive-thru Style of December Nights.
And, with San Diego County’s current shift towards the state’s purple tier on account of rising COVID-19 circumstances, it’s the choice that’ll have to do that yr.
In a assertion on the town’s web site, the town mentioned it’s saddened that its “beloved present to the area can’t happen as we all know it” this yr as a result of pandemic.
The Metropolis of San Diego is considering of the way to make December Nights safer this yr amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A Look Again: December Nights, In Its Conventional Kind
December Nights would’ve turned 43 this yr.
In its conventional kind, the occasion indicators the beginning of the vacations, and usually attracts greater than 350,000 guests to Balboa Park over the two-day, multi-cultural celebration of the season.
The occasion options festive, family-friendly actions and stay music, arts and crafts, and photographs with Santa Claus. Twinkling lights and vacation decorations are strung across the park and a well-liked meals zone on the Worldwide Cottages tops off the merrymaking.
Conventional December Nights even presents free entry into choose Balboa Park museums.
However, right now, with San Diego County within the purple tier, most of Balboa Park’s museums stay quickly closed on account of pandemic well being restrictions.
The occasion usually takes place the primary weekend of December, so right here’s to trying ahead to 2021.
NBC 7’s Dave Summers caught up with the December Nights crowd which included friends younger and previous from San Diego and past.