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Christmas Light Displays in San Diego
San Diego pops OFF with Christmas lights every year! I thought I would share a list of the best spots to enjoy this celebration throughout the city! Here are our top picks of Christmas Light Displays in San Diego for 2022!
Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo. Celebration of Lights and Carol of the Jungle Bells light experiences, Twinkle Light Trolley and live entertainment. Dec. 4-6, 11-23, 25-31; 9 am-8 pm (until 5 pm Dec. 24).. 619-231-1515. www.sandiegozoo.org
Luminaria: Trees, lamp posts, roofs and courtyards all decorated with lights. Along 30th St. and Fern St. from Juniper to Grape to Beech. Nov.27-Jan 1st
The Forward House in Bankers Hill: Experience the sight and sounds of the season at 108 Ivy St. (1st & Ivy). Built in 1905 for Mayor John Forward Sr, adorned with lights every season since 1998. 5-10 pm. 619-533-7904. www.amsecmortgage.net
7607 Romeria St. Nicknamed “The Carlsbad Christmas House”. Walk up to see the animated window display, swimming penguins, surfing Santa, Snoopy skating and three snow machines. Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 4-31, 5-9 pm.
2329 Snead Dr. Lights, lights, lights, Santa arrives by hot air balloon, nativity scene, animated elves and Santa village light display. Walk up to see a Christmas scene in the garage. Dec. 5-31, 5:30-9 pm.
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Fairway Village: east and west sides of Stoney Gate Pl. 80 homes decorated in “Holiday Magic”. Dec. 10-Jan.1, 5:30-10:30 pm.
Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 61st year of decorating 55+ homes. Dec. 10-26, 5-10 pm.
Chula Vista Christmas Circle Lights
Jackie & Jose’s Christmas House: Owners Jackie and Jose have opened their doors every night from 6pm-9pm until Jan. 6th for people to marvel at the holiday transformation they’ve created on their home. Update: they won’t be home Sat. the 11th. Every room on the bottom floor is decked out from head to toe with decorations. And we are talking about highly detailed decorations. There is Christmas music playing and smells of pine trees wafting throughout the house. I just find it near impossible to not walk around with a huge smile on your face.
All she is asking is for clothing or food donations for the homeless but I encouraged her to also put out a separate donation box to help fund her electrical bill and future Christmas purchases that she will most definitely put back into the home! Address: 756 Nolan Ave. Chula Vista, CA
A Christmas in Candy Land: Walk through their life size Candy Land filled with lollipops & gumdrops. Travel to Whoville to meet the mean one, Mr. Grinch and take your Who-Liday photos. Stop by Santa’s Workshop and see the Elves hard at work. Don’t forget to write your Christmas wish letter to Santa and drop it in Santa’s mailbox, all while sipping on a hot cup of cocoa. Frozen is their newly added display for 2021. Address: 1234 Napa Ave. 91911
Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. “Clairemont Christmas Park”. 40+ homes decorated. Dec. 1-24.
Hotel del Coronado. Hotel del Coronado Celebrate the magic of the holidays as America’s beachfront legend transforms into a winter wonderland of ice and lights, sparkles and snowflakes. With its magnificent outdoor ice skating rink and DELights, The Del is celebrating all things shiny and bright. Join friends and family for lavish feasts, Victorian teas, festive parties and holiday traditions. 1500 Orange Ave. 619-522-8490. www.hoteldel.com
Holiday Market at Petco Park: Taking place in Petco Park’s Gallagher Square from now until Friday, December 24 from 4:00-10:00 p.m. daily, guests can join in the holiday spirit with local and European-themed artisan shops, magical lighting displays, seasonal food and beverage, Santa and other holiday characters and more. The event is bigger and better this year with a beautifully decorated 30-foot Christmas Tree, a carousel and live entertainment on the Sycuan Stage in Gallagher square during select nights of the market. Tickets start at $10 for kids and $14 for adults (prices vary by date and time selected). For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit padres.com/holidaymarket.
Photo: Eric Scire
Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights). Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 & Bradley. Dec. 7-26, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm.
11456 Pegeen Pl. “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme, complete with Jack, Sally, Zero, the Mayor & Oogie Boogie. Santa may make a surprise visit. Dec. 5-Jan. 1, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm and Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm.
1838 El Pico Dr. Off Hacienda Dr. 53rd year decorating the 20-ft. star that’s 100 ft. up. Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Also see a 55-ft. train. Dec. 8-31, dusk-10 pm.
9777 Valley Ranch Rd. Cul-de-sac of lights programmed to 89.1 FM/87.9 FM. Giant dazzling trees, twinkling stars and a Winter Wonderland of computerized light and music shows. Nov. 28-Dec. 31, 5-10:30 pm.
Botanic Wonderland: If you’ve never visited the Botanic Garden in the day, first off, make a plan to do so!! They have over 4 miles of pathways BRIMMING with plant life, with similar vibes to the amazing gardens at the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park, including the nation’s largest bamboo collection!
Their holiday event is filled with lit pathways which navigate you through the gardens and plenty of festive surprises along the way. It was truly a magical evening filled with amazing Christmas light displays!
Check out what it looks like in the day here
Center for the Arts– 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025 Northern Lights display. Beginning November 30th, their 12-acre campus will be transformed into a spectacle of light, hope, and joy after sunset each evening. Guests are invited to wander along our walkways, taking in the holiday sights and sounds.
The young and young-at-heart will enjoy tunnels of twinkling lights, giant LED Christmas trees, and blow-up figurines of favorite holiday characters. Marvel as lights move to music in a display curated by local Escondido family The Peace’s featured on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight. On view daily from 4:30 – 9:00 PM. This self-guided holiday experience is completely FREE and open to all.
Harmony Grove Village– Starting Point: Trail Ridge Dr, Escondido, CA 92029 This neighborhood is also known for their elaborate Halloween decorations. This is not just one block that is brimming with decorations, but block after block after block!
Spence Family Light House- 1835 Sunny Slope Terrace The Spence Family has been creating a holiday light show at their home in Escondido since 2010. Over the years it has evolved and grown. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the show each holiday season from 5pm until 10pm.
101-1197 Suburban Hills Dr. Escondido, CA 92027– One block that is filled with lights, including a soap snow machine!
2031 Reche Rd. Fallbrook- Christmas/Disneyland House: Owner, Mack, has been adding to this magnificent display for over 25 years! Be prepared to enter a wonderland of lights and minature displays inspired by his hometown, friends and family!
10248 Paseo Palmas Dr. 20+ houses nicknamed “Tinsel Town.” Dec. 5-25, 5:30-9 pm.
2618 Sheri Lane. Cul-de-sac turns into Santa Claus Lane. Light show at 6:30 pm and every 30 minutes on 89.9 FM. Dec. 1-31, 5:30-9:30 pm.
Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights. Boats decorated in holiday lights circle Oceanside Harbor. 760-722-5751. www.oceansideyc.net
Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. Over 100 vessels. Begins on Quivira Basin. Dec. 10, starts at 7 pm. 858-488-0501. www.mbyc.org
12631 Stoutwood St. Off Twin Peaks Rd. & Deerwood St. Nicknamed “The Griswolds.” Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-10 pm weekdays, 11 pm weekends.
Hickory Ct./Hickory St., 12659 Butterwood Ct. and Rockrose Ct. All off Twin Peaks Rd. & Silverset St. named “Candy Cane Courts.” Entire cul-de-sacs are lit up. Dec. 10-24, 6-9 pm.
2160 Reo Dr. 14th year of decorating. Nov. 21-Dec. 31, 7pm-midnight.
23542 Bassett Way. “Happy Lights Ramona” with 30,000+ lights animated to music on 106.9 FM using 996 computer channels to control the lights. Nov. 24-Jan. 1; Sun-Th, 5:30-10 pm; and Fri & Sat, 5:30-11 pm.
Oviedo St. Off Black Mountain Rd. “Christmas Card Lane.” Also enter off Twin Trails Dr. & Carmel Mountain Rd. Dec. 9-31, dusk-10 pm.
1639 Knob Hill. Off Nordahl Rd. Between Tam O’ Shanter Dr. & Augusta Dr.; 29th year of decorating. 100,000+ lights plus themed displays. Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 5-9 pm. See Santa Dec. 14-23, 6:30-8 pm. www.ChristmasOnKnobHill.com
Knobb Hill, photo by: Amber Haslerud
1849 Rees Rd. San Marcos- This is one of the most amazing Christmas trees I have ever seen! The family rents a crane each year to light up their humungous tree!
Starlight Circle/Sunburst Santee. Tomel Court, off Magnolia. Many homes lit up with Christmas light displays. Dec. 1-26, dusk-10 pm.
Photo by Carol Hainlin
9325 Pebble Beach Dr. Displays on house and yard set to music. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.
9435 Saint Andrews Dr. Santee’s gingerbread house with over 12,000 lights. Nov. 28-Jan. 1, dusk-10pm.
Stonebridge Parkway and Merritage Ct. Nicknamed “Merry-tage Court”, entire street lit up with fun themes. Dec. 1-31, 5:30-9:30 pm.
Merry-tage Court (Scripps Ranch)
5306 Belardo Dr. Off Via Valarta at Via Playa De Cortes. 100,000 lights and decorations all sequenced and animated to music at 106.1 FM. Nov. 26-Dec. 26, 6-10 pm. www.belardolights.com
Jingle Terrace Park: November 26 – December 23, 2021 – Nightly from 5:30 pm to 9 pm The City’s annual drive-thru Christmas light event features holiday-themed light displays along the driving loop in Brengle Terrace Park. Visitors will be captivated by the displays of holiday lights depicting many of Vista’s special and unique amenities. Address: Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive
Bring a Food Donation in Support of the San Diego Food Bank
Cross streets of Edgehill & Foothill dr.: Marvel at their front house bursting with lights and decorations!
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