A few odd photos in late December.

Here are a few odd photos that I took today as I walked about Balboa Park–and some of these are indeed odd!

December Nights is over and people are busy getting ready for Christmas, so fewer visitors are milling about the park.

We are entering that winter season when Balboa Park is a bit quieter, a bit more peaceful. I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve already posted several blogs over on Cool San Diego Sights, and I’m just about blogged out today, but I wanted to share a few more photos.

I’m leaving out captions. Insert your own!

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Preparing for the holidays at Balboa Park!

Fun chalk art on a board outside Prado Perk. A hungry Pilgrim chases a Thanksgiving turkey that has been accelerated with coffee!
Fun chalk art on a board outside Prado Perk. A hungry Pilgrim chases a Thanksgiving turkey that has been accelerated with coffee!

Three days until Thanksgiving!

During my walk yesterday through Balboa Park, I saw signs everywhere of the coming holiday season. It seems everyone in the park is getting ready!

I even saw Santa Claus! Perhaps he dropped on by to see whether people were being naughty or nice!

These small snowmen at the Homemade Craft Sale in the Casa del Prado each contain a chocolate kiss.
These small snowmen at the Homemade Craft Sale in the Casa del Prado each contain a chocolate kiss.
The Old Globe's cheerful Christmas Tree is set up in Copley Plaza. The Grinch does not approve.
The Old Globe’s cheerful Christmas Tree is set up in Copley Plaza. The Grinch does not approve.
Good old Santa and his reindeer are back in Balboa Park, taking off between the Plaza de Panama and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
Good old Santa and his reindeer are back in Balboa Park, taking off between the Plaza de Panama and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
Almost ready for the holidays at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The 4th Annual Children's Coalition Christmas on the Prado will take place this coming Saturday. December Nights this year will be on December 1 and 2.
Almost ready for the holidays at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The 4th Annual Children’s Coalition Christmas on the Prado will take place this coming Saturday. December Nights this year will be on December 1 and 2.
The weekend before Thanksgiving, people gather inside the House of Sweden at the International Cottages to sing Christmas carols in Swedish.
The weekend before Thanksgiving, people gather inside the House of Sweden at the International Cottages to sing Christmas carols in Swedish.
Banners outside the Balboa Park Visitors Center wish everyone Happy Holidays and Peace.
Banners outside the Balboa Park Visitors Center wish everyone Happy Holidays and Peace.
The Nutcracker will be presented in December by the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet.
The Nutcracker will be presented in December by the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet.
Christmas cards for sale at the weekend's Homemade Craft Sale.
Christmas cards for sale at the weekend’s Homemade Craft Sale.
These festive Christmas tree ornaments are made of colorful pipe cleaners!
These festive Christmas tree ornaments are made of colorful pipe cleaners!
Santa might have swung by to pick up a new hat!
Santa might have swung by to pick up a new hat!

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Beautiful Christmas trees made of green corks!

A fun gingerbread house can be found in Balboa Park's very creative Spanish Village Art Center during this holiday season.
A fun gingerbread house can be found in Balboa Park’s very creative Spanish Village Art Center during this holiday season.

Walk through Spanish Village Art Center this holiday season and you’ll see beautiful artwork everywhere. Including Christmas trees made of green corks!

Looks like a fun project! That’s a lot of wine bottles!

The beautifully textured Christmas trees have been artfully made from bottle corks!
The beautifully textured Christmas trees have been artfully made from bottle corks!
A forest of Christmas trees made of green-colored corks is the backdrop for Frosty the Snowman and some carolers.
A forest of Christmas trees made of green-colored corks is the backdrop for Frosty the Snowman and some carolers.

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Christmas on the Prado returns to Balboa Park!

On Saturday, November 26, from 2-9, the public is invited to the 3rd Annual Christmas on the Prado. The charity event benefits Toys for Tots. Santa will be there!
On Saturday, November 26, from 2-9, the public is invited to the 3rd Annual Children’s Coalition Christmas on the Prado. The charity event benefits Toys for Tots. Santa will be there!

Many long-time residents of San Diego remember Christmas on the Prado, before the beloved event was altered a bit and renamed December Nights.

But how many people realize that Christmas on the Prado is returning this year to Balboa Park?  It’s true!

This next Saturday, November 26th, from 2-9, the 3rd Annual Christmas on the Prado (which is unrelated to December Nights) will be held in Balboa Park. The event will feature lots of family friendly entertainment, Christmas music, colorful lights, traditional food and drink, the beautiful Nativity Display at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion that so many love, and Santa! This joyful new Christmas on the Prado is put on by the San Diego Children’s Coalition and San Diego Community Christmas Center.

Think you might go? Check out the Christmas on the Prado website. And bring an unwrapped toy. The event benefits Toys For Tots!

The coffee and cookie shack in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion will be open providing holiday cheer.
The coffee and cookie shack in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion will be open during Christmas on the Prado providing holiday cheer.
A look at the old Community Christmas Tree in Balboa Park. The venerable old cedar was a part of many past Christmas On The Prado events. But it became sadly misshapen and is no longer used.
A look at the old Community Christmas Tree in Balboa Park. The venerable old cedar was a part of many past Christmas On The Prado events. But it became sadly misshapen and is no longer used.
Plaque at base of the old Community Christmas Tree, dedicated to the people of San Diego on December 25, 1981. For many years it was strung during the holidays with beautiful lights.
Plaque at base of the old Community Christmas Tree, dedicated to the people of San Diego on December 25, 1981. For many years it was strung during the holiday season with beautiful lights.
I took this photo a couple years ago during December Nights. The elaborate Nativity Display in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion is fully restored and set up for 2016. It will be a c part of Christmas On The Prado!
I took this photo a couple years ago during December Nights. The Nativity Display in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion is fully restored and ready for 2016.  It includes many traditional religious scenes leading to the birth of Christ.  It will be a central feature of Christmas on the Prado!

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