It's the Holiday Season...

That song is stuck in your head now, isn't it?

You can thank me later.

This time last year, I was working here. I wrote this post for the Museum's blog. In the post, I talked about being home for the Holidays and wanting to spend some quality (structured) time with family and friends. The sentiment of that post stills rings true for me; so once again, I'm proposing we get out there and take advantage of some of the wonderful things San Diego has to offer this time of year.

Here it goes.

First on the list is December Nights in Balboa Park. On Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, over 350,000 people are expected to gather together in the Park. There will be events all afternoon/evening both days, but as an extra bonus, you can visit participating museums throughout the Park for free from 5:00pm until 9:00pm each evening.

This weekend is also a Bank of America Museums on Us weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, B of A will cover each cardholder's general admission to Museum of Photographic ArtsThe San Diego Museum of Art, and Birch Aquarium at Scripps. But the fun doesn't stop there. This is a nation-wide promotion and it includes some top-notch spaces. For a full list of participating museums, head here.

Lux Art Institute is hosting two family-friendly events this month -- one this Saturday and another on Friday, December 20.

And did you know that California Surf Museum is free on Tuesdays?

Coffee lovers, make your way to theNat. A new exhibition on coffee opens this week. Plus the Museum is hosting Winter Camps for kids during the Winter Break.

The New Children's Museum has a brand new exhibition titled FEAST (so appropriate for this time of year). And how fun would it be to attend this pajama party on December 28?

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is showing movies about the deep sea and space and another featuring things that are impossible to see with the naked eye. (Eek! I just wrote the word naked. Twice!) And admission to the Museum is free for San Diego Residents tomorrow, December 3.

Sunday, December 15 is Family Sunday at Mingei International Museum. Admission is just $5 per family. Go and get your art on.

And last but not least, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has four new exhibitions on view. The Museum is always free for folks under 25, thanks to Qualcomm. For  everyone else, admission will be free for us on Thursday, December 19 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.

So where ever you find yourself this Holiday season, instead of watching the A Christimas Story Marathon again, I encourage you get out there and visit a museum. But only after you've finished watching Love Actually, of course.

Happy Holidays, friends!