San Diego Holiday Lights

Where to see Holiday Lights in San Diego

December 12, 2019
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There are great Holiday displays of Light all over San Diego.  We picked a few from North, South, East, and West to feature.  Where is your favorite place to see Christmas Lights in San Diego? 

North County Coastal
San Diego Botanic Garden - 125,000+ lights illuminate the Garden.  Holiday crafts, visits with Santa, marshmallow roasting and more.

Carlsbad - Holidays at Legoland California - It’s Holidays at LEGOLAND®, presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, and the entire Resort is bursting with holiday cheer. It starts the moment you enter the park and experience the festive décor. Keep your eyes open for your favorite holiday characters. Santa and the Toy Solider are back and they’ve brought somebody new: The Gingerbread Man! They’re ready for holiday hugs, pictures and selfies. November 23 - January 5, 2020.

Oceanside - Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights - Boats decorated in holiday lights circle Oceanside Harbor.

North County Inland

Carmel Mountain Ranch - Fairway Village, east and west sides of Stoney Gate Pl. 100+ homes decorated in “Holiday Magic.” .

Poway - Hickory Ct.,Hickory St., Butterwood Ct., Rockrose Ct. All off Twin Peaks Rd. & Silverset St. named “Candy Cane Lane.” Entire cul-de-sacs are lit up. 

South Bay

Coronado - Hotel del Coronado Celebrate “A Christmas Legend” as this California gem transforms into a winter wonderland with Skating by the Sea, jingle s’mores, Polar Bear Tea, Santa Brunches, holiday parties and lavish feasts. From soaring red turrets decked in thousands of white lights to a Victorian lobby dressed in holiday splendor, visitors of all ages delight in the best West Coast winter. 1500 Orange Ave. 619-522-8490.

Chula Vista - Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 61st year of decorating 55+ homes. 

East County San Diego

El Cajon - Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights). Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 & Bradley. 

San Diego Central

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo.  The Zoo will be aglow with holiday cheer and activities to keep the whole family jolly. Seasonal decorations, animal experiences, costumed characters, live entertainment and more. Dec. 13–23, Dec. 25–Jan. 5. Free with Zoo admission. 619-231-1515.

Clairemont Mesa - Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. “Clairemont Christmas Park”. 40+ homes decorated. Dec. 1-25.

San Diego Coastal 

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. Over 100 vessels. Begins on Quivira Basin. Dec. 8, starts at 6 pm. 858-488-0501.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.  As holiday music fills the air, a sea of over one million lights sparkle, transforming SeaWorld into a marvelous holiday event. Enjoy live shows like the all-new Winter Wonderland on Ice and Cirque Christmas. Plus, meet festive friends at Rudolph’s Christmastown and the new Sesame Street® Christmas Village. Savor holiday flavors of hot cocoa and warm desserts as you shop for unique gifts and decorations.. Now through January 5th.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. 48th Anniversary. “Comic Con on the Bay” theme. Dec. 8 & 15, 5 pm. Starts off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Ferry Landing, Coronado.

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