Gift a Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass this Holiday Season

December 13, 2017 (SAN DIEGO, CA) – Balboa Park is filled with holiday sights and events this December, and the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass* is the perfect way to enjoy them, and all the Park has to offer throughout the year. Ideal for out-of-town guests, current annual passholders will receive two Balboa Park Explorer One-Day passes with each Gift Voucher Annual Pass purchase.** Balboa Park Explorer One-Day or Multi-Day pass purchasers that are not current annual passholders are invited to credit their passes toward an annual pass purchase.***

The Park is a magical wonderland filled with unique museum displays, the December Nights holiday lights on display throughout the month, plus the famous The Old Globe Christmas Tree, holiday music at the International Cottages, the Holiday Food Truck Festival, and much more.

Visit Jewels of the Season at the Timken Museum of Art. See exquisitely handcrafted ornaments float and sparkle for the month of December. Covered in filigree, sequins, and semi-precious gems, the elaborate Hord and Schlappi collection of ornaments are on display in entrancing ways thanks to a partnership with the San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television, and Film.

Come celebrate brilliant holiday traditions at the San Diego History Center with their event, Let There Be Light: Celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.  

The International Cottages Lawn program features the Suzuki School of Music String Ensemble performing a winter concert on Sunday, December 17 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm. This delightful musical performance is free and open to the public.

Eat, drink and be merry when the Holiday Food Truck Festival returns, December 26-30, 2:00-7:00 pm. Sample a wide assortment of gourmet dishes from a dozen popular San Diego-area food trucks. Free live music and dance performances in the Plaza de Panama will provide additional family-friendly fun. The Spanish Village Art Center will present arts and crafts activities for kids, and the Fab Trailers Vintage Photo Booth will help visitors capture the moment.

December also ushers in new exhibitions in many of the Park’s museums, such as Weaving a Path at the Mingei International Museum. View the geometric designs and patterns of distinctive rugs and blankets created by Diné women in the Southwest United States. The San Diego Artists Institute’s exhibit, 27 Horses: Chris Travers looks beyond hats, parties, and gambling while exploring questions raised by the 2016 horse racing season at Del Mar. Travers, a life-long photographer and animal-lover, explores horse racing through photography and graphic illustration. The San Diego History Center explores what it is to be a San Diegan at the Marston’s History Emporium hands-on learning lab for children. With an imaginative take, the Emporium explores such questions as, “Why is it important to know and understand San Diego’s history? What do objects, photos, and documents say about our past? How have other children in San Diego made a difference in our community?”

Purchase a Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass online, and enjoy exploring the rich cultural and artistic offerings of Balboa Park in an easy and affordable way. It’s the best money-saving option for enjoying all the Park has to offer. Benefits include:

  • Complimentary general admission* to 16 museums throughout the Park.
  • Complimentary admission to Maker Faire San Diego 2018.
  • Explorer Experiences – exclusive events, behind-the-scenes access, tours, and more!
  • Park Picks – Customized newsletters and personal recommendations directly from Park staff.
  • Discounted rides on the Electriquette drivable wicker carts.
  • Discounted IMAX tickets in the Fleet Science Center.
  • No blackout dates.*


The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass provides general admission to 16 museums in Balboa Park, with discounts for families, seniors and students, and no blackout dates,* starting at just $99. In addition to exclusive Explorer-only events monthly, Balboa Park Explorer Annual passholders also receive a bi-weekly newsletter plus the latest announcements, special offers, and visitor recommendations curated by Park staff. Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passes are available for purchase online at Single and multi-day pass options are also available. The Explorer Pass program directly funds participating museums in Balboa Park. Visit us at,,


Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a nonprofit organization through which 30 arts, science and cultural institutions in Balboa Park collaborate to achieve shared goals. By helping these groups achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation and excellence, it seeks to contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Balboa Park. For more information visit

*Not valid for select events, special exhibitions and programs. IMAX is available at the special price of $9.95. Before visiting a museum, please contact the museum for information on additional events, special exhibitions, and film costs.

**Offer valid for current Balboa Park Explorer Annual passholders, on Gift Voucher annual pass purchases made between November 13, 2017 and January 7, 2018. Passholder status will be checked prior to receiving complimentary tickets. Complimentary tickets will be sent to primary purchaser. Maximum four (4) complimentary Balboa Park Explorer One-Day passes per purchaser.

***Credit must be applied within one week of first use. Apply credit at the Visitor Center. Rules and restrictions apply.

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