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Volunteer work hits the Balboa Park trails along the El Prado this weekend, Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th. The annual December nights holiday celebration held the first weekend in December gives volunteers, dancing sugar plums and singers and bell ringers, time to welcome thousands of San Diegans into the park.

The tradition is to lght the San Diego Christmas Tree in the Organ Pavillion in the early night hours after the early afternoon start on Friday. City officials join carolers and lead the pavillion crowd. The first night ends at 11 pm.

Museums stay open at no charge. Vendors offer the food good cheer company seeks, at a price.

Spanish Village arts please guests early in the afternoon before the December Nights crowds take the plazas and streets, and into the night.

Some things never change. Walkers south of the El Prado can find their favorite peoples name among the 32 cottages in the House of Pacific Relatons Cottages. A Christmas festival goes on along the walking beat. At the Plaza de California, near 8 pm, the beauty San Diegans see is in the candle light carried during the Santa Lucia procession.

Local artists in the workshop lines of theater players, ballerinas and dancers, and chorus singers set off onto the stages, before teh crowds, on edge.

The multicultural experience happens again on Saturday, noon to 11 pm.

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