The Holidays are upon us! Here is your guide to all of the best holiday light shows San Diego has to offer!
North County Inland
CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH, 92128
Fairway Village, east and west sides of Stoney Gate Pl. 80 homes decorated in “Holiday Magic”. Dec. 16-Jan1, 5:30-10:30 pm.
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 Lane.” 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. 23-Dec. 30, 5-9 pm. See Santa Dec. 16-23, 6:30-8 pm. Visit them online here.
1145 Barham Dr. Festively decorated house with an electric train and snow machine. Nov. 26-Dec. 24, Sun-Th, 5:30-9 pm, Fri & Sat, 5:30-10 pm.
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. 3-31, 5-10 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. 22 with cotton candy, crafts, hot cocoa and a special guest. Dec. 1-25, 5:30-9:30 pm.
3520 Corte Ramon. 5th year of decorating with a different theme every year: Sponge Bob Sings, Olaf Sings, Santa Sings. Tune into FM 95.3. Dusk-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.
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. 2-23 and 26-30, 5-9 pm. Adults, $15-$20, children 3-12, $5. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. For more info click here.
CHULA VISTA, 91910, 91911, 91914, 91915
Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 60th year of decorating 55+ homes. Dec. 9-26, 5-10 pm.
PARADISE HILLS, 92139
2160 Reo Dr. 14th year of decorating. Nov. 23-Dec. 31, 6pm-midnight. On Dec. 17, free cookies, cocoa and smores at 6:30-9 pm!
Hotel del Coronado. America’s beachfront legend becomes a playful wonderland with pops of bright color at every turn against a backdrop of twinkling white lights. With the return of Skating by the Sea, The Del is truly a sight to behold with carolers, jingle s’mores, whimsical polar bears, lavish feasts and festive parties. 1500 Orange Ave. 619-522-8490. For more info click here.
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. 23-Dec. 31, 5–10 pm. Click here for more info!
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. 8-Jan. 1, 9 am-8 pm (til 5 pm Dec. 24). For more info click here.
Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. “Clairemont Christmas Park”. 40+ homes decorated. Dec. 1-25.
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. 11-28, 6-10 pm.
5348 Channing St. Light display to music. Dec. 4-31, dusk-10pm.
MIRA MESA, 92126
8866 Cassioepia Way. Decorated house with a snowman theme. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.
11505 Elbert Ct. Decorated house with a Smurfs 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 including Star Wars, minions, Cars and more! Dec. 1-31, 5:30-9:30 pm.
SERRA MESA/MISSION VALLEY, 92123
2002 Ainsley Rd. Features a 20 ft. snowman, multiple blow-ups and lights. Dec. 1-31, dusk-9 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. 25-Dec. 26, 6-10 pm. Click here for more info.
10927 Baroque Lane. A Winter wonderland with shooting star display, animated ski village, miniature village, snowmen and more. Dec. 8-29, 6-10 pm.
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. 1-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. 15-31, 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. 25-Dec. 26, 5-10:30 pm.
1552 Cajon Greens Pl. Thousands of synchronized lights, yard decorations and music set to 97.7. Plus video of Santa delivering presents under the tree. 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. 1-31, 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.
7817 Quince St.House lit up. Donations for Humane Society accepted. Dec. 6-31, 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. 1-25, 5:30-9:30 pm.
Starlight Circle/Sunburst Santee. Tomel Court, off Magnolia. Many homes lit up. Dec. 1-26, 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 13,000 lights. Nov. 25-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. Click here for more information!
SPRING VALLEY, 91977
4037 N. Bonita St. Lots of lights, music and decorations. Dec. 10-Jan. 5, dusk-11 pm.