Christmas On The Prado San Diego Reviews
Nov 26, 2006
First my rant. For many years this event was called "Christmas on the Prado", but now to mollify all the PC people, this event is called "December Nights". But to me it will always be "Christmas on the Prado"!!! There, rant over.
The following event description is shamelessly lifted from the event web site:
Balboa Park December Nights presented by Barona, San Diego's favorite kick-off to the holiday season, will take place for the 29th consecutive year on:
Friday, December 1 (5:00 - 10:00pm)
Saturday, December 2 (noon - 10:00pm)
The beloved San Diego event features sparkling lights, color and music with traditional celebrations and holiday-themed entertainment areas. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5:00 to 9:00pm both nights. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights attracted more than 250,000 visitors in 2005. Balboa Park December Nights 2006 presented by Barona is hosted in partnership by the City of San Diego, the Office of Special Events and other City departments provide festival management expertise; the San Diego Business Improvement District (BID) Council, a non-profit association of the seventeen BIDs throughout San Diego, whose members promote and revitalize their historic retail districts, as well as manage civic special events for more than one million guests annually; and the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a coalition of the non-profit cultural institutions in the Park serving more than 6 million visitors annually. Barona is the 2006 Presenting Sponsor, having stepped forward again this year to provide major support for the beloved holiday celebration. The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department manages and maintains the spectacular landscaping, grounds and structures of Balboa Park and provides generous in-kind services for December Nights.
Ok, now my take. Living in San Diego, this is one of my favorite events. It draws a nice crowd, the weather is usually nice and crisp, and there is lots of food. In a part of Balboa Park is a group of little cottages called the houses of hospitality. Many different countries are respresented within these cottages. During this event, each "House" sells examples of food native to their country. It is fun to go from house to house trying all the different cousines that are avaiable. Also in the grassy area that is in the middle of the houses, a stage is set up, and the houses provide entertainment that is also representative of their home lands. From music to dancing. It is all pretty cool to watch. On these nights, all the museums in Balboa Park throw open their doors for free admission. It is a chance to go thru and see who is offering what. My favorite is the Model Train Museum and the AreoSpace Museum. And for me, to top off the evening, a cup of sliced apples covered with warm, melted caramel and whipped cream.....ummmm yumm.
Here is a listing of all the different types of food that is available at this event.
Barona - Indian tacosBeer and Wine tasting - Karl Strauss Brewing Company and PRP Wine International (with wines from around the world) $10 for 5 tastes
The Plaza de Panama Holiday Taste of San Diego
$10 for 10 tickets/$20 for 20 ticketsAladdin Hillcrest - Boraks, Hummus & Pita, chicken shawarma & riceBaja Betty's - Carnitas TacosChi Chocolat Café - Truffles, chocolatesEl Indio - Nachos, burritos, salsaHard Rock Café - Apple cobblerHeaven's Sent Desserts - dessert samplesHouse of Blues - Shrimp creole, jambalayaL & L Hawaiian Barbecue - chicken katsu, Kalbi short ribs, bbq chickenLimon'z Rostizados - grilled chickenLotus Thai - Satay chicken, curry chicken, riceMarble Slab Creamery - ice cream with mix-insPampas Grill - mini empanadas, choripamPick Up Stix Pacific Beach - House special chicken in white wine sauce over riceTaza Blanca - Fried yucca, chicken, plantains (tostones), calamari, empanadasUrban Moes - Mo's Garlic Kettle ChipsMore restaurants on the way! Check back
House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
Argentina: Choripan sausage, empanadasAustria: Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, potato salad and ApfelstrudelChina: Beef sticks, rice, Pearl Tea, eggrollsColombia: Carne asada, empanadas, patacones cabe, tamalesCzech-Slovak Republics: Stuffed cabbage rolls, sauerkraut, cabbage rollsDenmark: Meatballs, cucumber salad, red cabbage, potato saladEngland: Sausage rolls, baked goodsFinland: Finnish meatballs w/gravy, Rossolli (Scandinavian Christmas salad), carrot-rice casseroleFrance: French pastries, rice saladGermany: Bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, strudel, Black Forest cakeHungary: BBQ Sausage, potatoes, crepes, pastriesIndia: Chicken tikka masala (chicken in curry sauce), saag paneer (spinach with cheese curry), pilau (flavored rice), naan (Indian bread), samosa (spiced vegetable fritter), pakorsa (batter fried vegetables)Iran: Chicken kabobs, aash (noodle soup), rice, saladIreland: Irish stew, toasties, barley soup, baked goodsIsrael: Hot dogs, potato salad, potato pancakesItaly: Pasta, meatballs, sausage, cake, cappucinoLithuania: Beet SoupMexico: Carne asada, beans, rice, tortillas, salsa frescaNorway: Viking Soup, Norwegian waffles, Potetolefse with butter, sugar & cinnamonPalestine: Falafel, chicken, hummus, moujadara, saladPanama: Fried plantains & tortillas, hot links, tamales, Jamaica beveragePeru: Chicken & rice, cookies, Inca colaPhilippine Islands: Lumpia (eggrolls), pansit (noodles), chicken adoboPoland: Sausage sandwiches, pierogi, golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls), cookiesPuerto Rico: Pastellitos (meat turnovers), Arroz con habichuelas (rice with pinto beans), plantain turnoversQueens of the House of Pacific Relations: Potato soup, chili, pastriedScotland: Meat pies, mashed potatoes, salads, dessertsSpain: PaellaSweden: Swedish meatballs, Limpa bread, almond coffee bread, pastriesTurkey: Stuffed Turkish pastry, gyro, baklava, salad, Turkish coffeeUkraine: Sausage, sauerkraut, perogies, sautéed onions, borschtUnited States: Hot dogs, baked beans, pies
Other offerings around the Park
Art Institute: Traditional roasted chestnutsCentro Cultural de la Raza: Tamales, pan dulce, hot chocolateCivic Dance Association: Pasta with tomato-basil sauce, garlic pesto bread, cookies and sweetsCommunity Christmas Committee: Cookies, cider, hot chocolate, coffeeDahlia Society: Cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, donuts, chocolateFloral Association: Gingerbread cookiesHall of Champions (Madres): Cookies, cakes, candy, hot chocolate, apple cider, coffeeJapanese Friendship Garden: Teriyaki bowl, yakisoba, green tea, apple ciderJunior Theatre: Bratwurst, hot dogs, chili, apple ciderMuseum of Man: Meatballs, pea soup, rosette pastries, sandwiches, hot chocolate, glöggThe Old Globe: PopcornSan Diego Chorus - Sweet Adelines: Hot dogs, nachos, baked potatoes, chiliSan Diego Natural History Museum: No-host wine bar on the rooftop-$5 includes hors d'oeuvres (21 and up)Spanish Village Art Center: Kettle corn, hot cocoa, ciderTurtle & Tortoise Society: Cookies, hot chocolate, apple cider
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