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2 San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 25–Dec. 8, 2011


photos with Santa Claus, the Grinch from the Old Globe’s holiday production and the Community Christmas Tree. Participating Balboa Park museums will offer free admittance from 5 – 9 p.m. both evenings.

Kidd said, “Balboa Park December Nights is more than just a holiday celebra- tion, it’s also a celebration of the history of Balboa Park and of our City. It’s wonder- ful that every year more than 300,000 San Diegans gather to celebrate both our past and our future.” Organizers of December Nights encourage partici- pants to check the website to plan the visit in advance or visit the information booths throughout the Park, as printed maps will not be available at the event. Addi- tionally, there is an iPhone app for a complete listing of December Nights activities. December Nights organiz- ers also encourage partici- pants to use public trans- portation to prevent traffic congestion. A free shuttle will be available at City Col- lege downtown and the Little Italy Blue Line Station. Wormser said, “Gen- erations of San Diegans have enjoyed the event for the past 34 years, and we look forward to creating fond memories for future generations.” For more information,

visit cembernights u


Marching bands from local schools participate in the North Park Toyland Parade each year. (Photo by Donna Posin)

noon – 2 p.m., the Holiday Fair will feature a collection of lo- cal schools and organizations coming together to provide creative, educational activities for families and children to enjoy. The Holiday Fair is free and open to the public, located behind the Birch North Park Theatre at 2891 University Ave. Judy Elliot, executive director

of the North Park Business As- sociation, said, “As a resident and as executive director of North Park Business Association, we are always happy to see activities in the area. I have attended the parade in past years, and I think it’s a great celebration. It’s just wonderful. It’s great for kids, it’s a nice thing to do… and it’s great for all businesses.” Lansberg explained that to encourage as many attendants as possible, the 400-space park- ing structure is free for the day. Featured entertainment will include Raggle Taggle, Alfonso the Magician, Grant Ferrier’s Puppet Show, Margaret Ra-

mos Face Painting and a free screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The live action version of the film, staring Jim Carrey, will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Birch North Park Theatre. Through the day, Toys for

Tots will have drop-off loca- tions for depositing unopened toys in North Park. The follow- ing businesses will have dona- tion bins: Ascent Real Estate, Bar Pink, Gorgeous Salon, North Park Theatre, North Park Main Street, The Mission Restaurant, Urban Solace and Sea Rocket Bistro. Lansberg said the event

is great for both children and adults. “Children will enjoy seeing the animals, dancers in costume and, of course, Santa Claus,” she said, adding that, for adults, “The parade also offers vintage cars, floats and music. This is an event that celebrates the holiday season and provides an opportunity to enjoy the many things that North Park has to offer your family.” u

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