Five fresh ideas for modern holiday decorations!
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Five fresh ideas for modern holiday decorations!
All images via our Pinterest.
Hanukkah is quickly approaching and there are plenty of great holiday events to attend in San Diego! Check out our list for the best local events to attend with friends and family!
Shabbat Service and Program for Kids at Chabad Carmel Valley with inspirational, energetic and Jewish group activities for kids ages 3-10! For more information click here.
Experience the Sounds of Shabbos at Temple Beth Shalom in Chula Vista! More information on this event can be found here.
Don't miss this public Menorah lighting by the Chabad of La Jolla! The event takes place on December 16th at 4:30 pm at 909 Prospect St!
Sunday December 18th
Join the annual Hanukkah fun at the JCC! This year's event on December 18th includes a kosher dinner and entertainment from Mr. Steve. Click here to learn more!
Supporting Jewish Single Parents and Jewish Big Pals are throwing a fun filled Hanukkah Party! Learn more here.
Take part in the biggest San Diego Grand Chanukah Celebration on December 27th at Horton Plaza Park! There will be a menorah lighting, entertainment, music, crafts, and great food like latkes and donuts. For more information click here.
Plan to attend this year's Friendship Circle San Diego Hanukkah party! Enjoy music, donut decorating, menorah lighting and an Exotic Animal show for kids! More information can be found here.
Make sure to visit these San Diego Locations for beautiful holiday lights spectacles this year!
North County Inland
CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH, 92128
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.
2609 Meadowlark Ln. An inflatable world for Christmas with over 35 inflatables and 1,000 lights. Candy canes for kids on Fri. & Sat., 6-9 pm. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5-10 pm. Dec. 24-26, 9am-10pm.
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.
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.
RANCHO PEÑASQUITOS, 92129
Oviedo St. Off Black Mountain Rd. “Christmas Card Lane.” Also enter off Twin Trails Dr. & Carmel Mountain Rd. Dec. 9-31, dusk-10 pm.
SAN MARCOS, 92069, 92078
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
North County Coastal
CARLSBAD, 92009, 92011
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.
6646 Elegant Tern Pl. Real Santa’s mailbox for the kids and treats nightly. Santa writes back a free personalized letter to each child. Free community event Dec. 17 with cotton candy, crafts, bubbles and a special guest. Dec. 3-25, 5-10 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.
1562 Peacock Blvd. Rudolph, Christmas trees and lights. Dec. 10-Jan. 5. 5:30-10 pm.
Holidays at LEGOLAND, California. Enjoy live entertainment, twinkling lights, festive holiday songs and dancing with LEGO Friends Live, snow flurries, nightly fireworks Dec. 26-31, and the annual Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Nov. 25-Jan. 1. 760-918-5346. www.LEGOLAND.com
San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights”. 125,000+ lights illuminating the Garden. Horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, holiday crafts, visits with Santa and marshmallow roasting. Dec. 3-23 and 26-30, 5-9 pm. Adults, $15-$20, children 3-12, $5. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 760-436-3036. www.SDBGarden.org
CHULA VISTA, 91910, 91911, 91914, 91915
Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 59th year of decorating 55+ homes. Dec. 10-26, 5-10 pm.
PARADISE HILLS, 92139
2160 Reo Dr. 14th year of decorating. Nov. 21-Dec. 31, 7pm-midnight. On Dec. 17, free cookies and cocoa, 6:30-9 pm and Santa will be there from 6:30-8 pm.
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
Downtown San Diego
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. Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 5–10 pm. 619-533-7904. www.amsecmortgage.net
San Diego Central
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. 10-Jan. 2, 9 am-8 pm (til 5 pm Dec. 24). 619-231-1515. www.sandiegozoo.org
Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. “Clairemont Christmas Park”. 40+ homes decorated. Dec. 1-24.
5404 Mt. Burnham Dr. Features a 96-channel animated light display to 98.5 FM. North Pole village display, train and animated figures display in garage. Dec. 12-31, 6-10 pm.
EL CERRITO, 92115
4210 E Overlook Dr. Nicely decorated home includes 4-ft snowmen, lights, an English phone booth, nutcrackers, life-size sleigh and non-toxic falling snow. Dec. 5-Jan. 5, dusk to 10 pm.
MIRA MESA, 92126
8866 Cassioepia Way. Decorated house with a Disney theme. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.
10780 Foxwood Rd. Decorated house with a Scooby Doo theme. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.
11505 Elbert Ct. Decorated house with a PAW Patrol theme. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.
SCRIPPS RANCH, 92131
Stonebridge Parkway and Merritage Ct. Nicknamed “Merry-tage Court”, entire street lit up with fun themes. Dec. 1-31, 5:30-9:30 pm.
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
10927 Baroque Lane. A Winter wonderland with shooting star display, animated ski village, miniature village, snowmen and more. Dec. 9-28, 6-10 pm.
San Diego Coastal
POINT LOMA, 92106
Garrison St. & Chatsworth. Off Rosecrans. “Garrison Street Lights”. Dec. 1-31. dusk-10 pm.
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. 45th Anniversary. “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years” theme. Dec. 11 & 18, 5 pm. Starts off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Ferry Landing, Coronado. www.sdparadeoflights.org
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. SeaWorld is decked out with more than a million holiday lights and a 40-ft. tree with an animated light show. Also visit Rudolph’s Christmastown and Snow Hill with real snow, Dec. 17-Jan. 1. Nov. 19-Jan. 1. www.seaworldsandiego.com
Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Walk the Temple grounds and enjoy more than 130,000 lights and nativity scenes. Free. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5-11 pm. San Diego Temple, 7474 Charmant Dr., UTC.
EL CAJON, 92020, 92021
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.
1552 Cajon Greens Pl. Light-o-rama with a 20-ft. tree, thousands of lights, leaping arches, yard decorations, roof slopes of lights and video projector. Nov. 25-Jan. 2, Sun-Th, dusk-10 pm and Fri-Sat, dusk-midnight.
10248 Paseo Palmas Dr. 20+ houses nicknamed “Tinsel Town.” Dec. 5-25, 5:30-9 pm.
13518 Appaloosa Dr. 48 channels of lights dancing to 88.1 FM. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5-10 pm.
LA MESA, 91941, 91942
6266 De Camp Dr. 22-ft tree of light and more. Lights dance to Christmas songs. Dec. 1- 25, 5-9 pm.
9367 Urban Dr. Decorated with lots of lights and inflatables. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.
7817 Quince St.House lit up. Donations for Humane Society accepted. Dec. 6-31, dusk-10 pm.
8045 Stadler St. Inflatables matched with traditional illuminations. Dec. 1-24, dusk-10 pm.
LEMON GROVE/LOMITA, 91945
689 Meadowbrook Dr. Off Jamacha Rd. South of Lemon Grove. Occasional sightings of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Dec. 8-Jan. 1, dusk-10 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.
Starlight Circle/Sunburst Santee. Tomel Court, off Magnolia. Many homes lit up. Dec. 17-26, dusk-10 pm.
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.
9773 Roe Dr. 27,000 Christmas lights dance to 10 songs over 128 computer channels. Food Bank and St. Jude donations accepted. Dec. 3-Jan. 2. Sun-Th, 6-10 pm and Fri & Sat, 6-11 pm. www.DBChristmas.com
SPRING VALLEY, 91977
4037 N. Bonita St. Lots of lights, music and decorations. Dec. 15-Jan. 5, dusk-11 pm.
Check out our guide to what you absolutely must do and see this holiday season in San Diego!
Nov 5-Dec 28:
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 18th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs "This Time of Year," "Santa for a Day" and "Fah Who Doraze," the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. For more information, click here!
November 11-December 4th:
Old Hollywood style meets classic Southern California cool this November at Del Mar with four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling. For more information, click here.
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world's premier wines and spirits, culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. For more information on this event click here!
You're invited to join us as we cheer on thousands of walkers who will be participating in the largest 3-day walk in the nation! More information on this fun event can be found here.
Nov 24, 2016 :
Put your turkey in the oven, pack up the family and come and run or walk San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive that has 3 distances to choose from. More information on this event can be found at this website.
Named one of the 10 best Santa sightings by USA Today, Santa will return to the San Diego Harbor via watercraft for the eleventh annual Surfin’ Santa’s Arrival celebration at Seaport Village. More information can be found here!
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is excited to announce its third annual Gingerbread Festival benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. Local San Diego bakers and holiday enthusiasts create over-the-top gingerbread houses for the chance to win prizes including a $1,000 cash prize and $1,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad in the winner’s name, or a $1,000 classroom donation. Click here for more information!
Friends, families and the community are invited to come together for festive fun, food and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums from 5-9pm during December Nights. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 350,000 visitors to the park over two days to revel and enjoy the season. Click here for more information!
House of Israel will celebrate Chanukah with Latkes, Sofganiyot, Israeli spirits, and mixed drinks during Balboa Park's December Nights. Click here for more information about the event!
Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101. More information on this event can be found here!
Carols and Barrels. The festival will offer approximately 2,500 guests the opportunity to sample and learn about over 200 beers and wines from over 50 local breweries/wineries and sample holiday treats from some of San Diego’s top restaurants. For more information on this event, click here!
Holiday celebration at the Del Mar Highlands Town center with a laser light show set to music and falling snow, carolers, refreshments, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Toys for Tots campaign, and performances by local schools! More information can be found here!
Poway's Christmas in the Park is a unique way to bring holiday delights to your family this holiday season with the magic of an old-fashioned tradition. More information on this delicious event can be found here!
The Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, a distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay . For more information on this event click here!
The Hanukkah Happening is a Hanukkah extravaganza for the entire family! From 11am-2pm at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, enjoy a jumpy castle, games, crafts, prizes, drawings, kosher food, and more! Click here for more information!
The San Diego Symphony celebrates the holidays in style with a concert of popular music of the season. For more information, visit here.
"Midnight" comes early for families at LEGOLAND California Resort, celebrating the New Year together without missing their bedtimes. Click here for more information on this family event!
Big Night San Diego is on! Ring in 2017 with 10 Party Areas, 5 Dance Floors, the hottest DJ's, all drinks included, first class cuisine, huge midnight celebration and more. Click here for tickets and event information.
Take your little ones trick or treating in some of San Diego's best neighborhoods this Halloween!
-Known for its safe and suburban streets, the neighborhoods that surround Del Mar Heights road are a popular place to trick or treat with your little ones! The Del Mar Highlands will also have its annual Halloween event on Monday, October 31st between 4:00-6:00 pm.
-From 3:30-5:30 pm on Halloween, local merchants on Orange Avenue provide a great night for the little ones by passing out candy and other gifts!
-Each year, the stretch of South Coast Hwy 101, between K street and Encinitas Blvd., is turned into "Pumpkin Lane." The Scripps Health sponsored event attracts 5,000+ trick-or-treaters with its merchant trick-or-treating, carved pumpkin displays, live music, games, and many more Halloween-themed activities! Join the fun on Halloween between 5-8pm!
-The La Jolla community is a go-to spot for trick-or-treaters due to it's close proximity to the beach, safe streets, and yummy treats!
-A great stop for trick or treating! Head to India street with your little ones to take advantage of local businesses providing goodies on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm.
-This community is well-known for going out all on Halloween! The most popular family-friendly streets include Canterbury Drive, Adams, Edgeware, and Marlborough.
-The residents of Mission Hills never disappoint when it comes to Halloween! The decorations are known to be a bit on the scary side, but are an instant hit with older kids!
-Santa Fe Hills in San Marcos is the #1 trick-or-treating neighborhood in San Diego County! The North County neighborhood brings in thousands of trick-or-treaters each year due to it's abundance of over-the-top Halloween decorations, and of course, candy.
The Scripps Ranch neighborhood is well known for it's over-the-top treats such as full sized candy bars and sometimes cash! This Halloween hotspot also will hold it's annual Scripps Ranch marketplace event on the 29th between 1-4pm that features rides, music, treats, and more!