21 Must-See Holiday Light Displays in San Diego

There are more than a few awesome light displays in La Jolla and San Diego County this holiday season. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites from around the city, from Oceanside to Santee and everything in between. For more festive events check out our top things to do in San Diego this December.  

[UTC] 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.

[Point Loma] Garrison Street Lights. Garrison St. & Chatsworth. Off Rosecrans. Nov. 27-Dec. 31. 5pm-10pm.

[Clairemont] Christmas Park: Lana Dr. & Jamar – off Mt. Abernathy Ave., Dec. 5-27. Over 40 homes decorated on this circular street.

[Clairemont] 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. 12-27, 6-10pm.

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[Tierrasanta] 5306 Belardo Dr. Off Via Valarta at Via Playa De Cortes. 100,000 lights and homemade decorations all sequenced and animated to music at 106.1 FM. Nov. 28-Dec. 27, 6-10 pm. www.belardolights.com.

[La Mesa] Holiday Hill: 8065 Stadler St. Several homes on Stadler Street participate in the annual Holiday Hill display featuring lights, decorations, icicles, animated displays, music and candy cane giveaways. From dusk to 10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1.

[La Mesa] 6266 De Camp Drive. 22-ft tree of light, penguins and more. Turn your radio to the posted station to watch lights dance to Christmas songs. Nov. 26-Dec. 25, 5-9 pm.

[Lakeside] Paseo Palmas Dr. 20+ houses nicknamed “Tinsel Town.” Dec. 5-25, 5:30-9 pm

[El Cajon] Jingle Bell Hill. Solomon Ave/Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off HWY 67 & Bradley. Dec. 7-26, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm. 11456

[El Cajon] Pegeen Place. “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme, complete with Jack, Sally, Zero, the Mayor & Oogie Boogie. Dec. 5-Jan. 1, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm and Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm.

[El Cajon] 1552 Cajon Greens Pl. Light-o-rama with a 20 ft. tree, thousands of lights, leaping arches over the driveway, yard decorations, entire roof slopes of lights and video projector with Santa. Nov. 27-Jan. 2, Sun-Th, dusk-10 pm and Fri-Sat, dusk-midnight.

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[Chula Vista] Christmas Circle. Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Avenue off H St. & 1st Ave. 55+ homes decorated! Dec. 12-26, 5-10 pm.

[Lemon Grove] Santa Claus Lane. 2618 Sheri Lane. Light show starts at 6:30 pm and plays every 30 minutes on 89.9 FM. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-9:30 pm.

[Downtown] Luminaria. Trees, lamp posts, roofs and courtyards all decorated with lights. Lovely lighted tree sculpture on Grape and Fern. Lights go along 30th St. and Fern St. from Juniper to Grape to Beech. Through Jan.

[Downtown] The Forward House in Bankers Hill. A beautiful historic mansion, built in 1905 for Mayor John Forward Sr., adorned with thousands of lights every season since 1998. Through New Year’s Eve, 5-10 pm. 108 Ivy St., at 1st & Ivy, 5 blocks west of Balboa Park.

[Poway] 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. 11-24, 6-9pm.

[Poway] “The Griswolds.” Stoutwood St. Off Twin Peaks Rd. & Deerwood St. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-10 pm weekdays, 11 pm weekends.

[Rancho Penasquitos] Christmas Card Lane. Oviedo St. Off Black Mountain Rd. “Christmas Card Lane.” Also enter off Twin Trails Dr. & Carmel Mountain Rd. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.

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[Carmel Mountain Ranch] Fairway Village, east and west sides of Stoney Gate Pl. 80 homes decorated in “Holiday Magic”. Dec. 12-Jan.1, 5:30-10:30 pm.

[Carlsbad] The Carlsbad Christmas House. 7607 Romeria St. Walk around to see the animated window display, swimming penguins, Santa surfing, jumping dolphins, Land of Misfit Toys and dance with Santa. If you’re lucky, it may snow! Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 6-31, 5-11 pm.

[Oceanside] 2329 Snead Dr. Lots of lights, Santa, nativity scene, animated elves and a Santa’s workshop. Walk up to see a Christmas scene in the garage. Dec. 6-31, 5:30-9 pm.

DELights at the Hotel Del Coronado.  The Del’s newest holiday tradition is a spectacular multi-media light show that’s held nightly in the Garden Patio thru Jan 3. The dazzling 20-foot Lobby tree, Skating by the Sea, and more than 100,000 twinkling white lights make the resort one of our favorite winter escapes. 1500 Orange Ave. 

Garden of Lights, San Diego Botanic Garden. 125,000+ lights illuminating the Garden. Horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, holiday crafts, visits with Santa and marshmallow roasting. Dec. 5-23 and 26- 30, 5-9 pm. Adults $15, children 3-12 $5. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Tree of Lights. SeaWorld’s 320-foot Skytower lights up every night at dusk. The entire park is lit with more than a million holiday lights throughout December. Enjoy special Christmas shows, visit Santa and see live reindeer up close. Nov. 21-Jan. 3. seaworldsandiego.com

Holiday Wonderland, Petco Park. Lighting displays, a Polar Express train, Candyland, live reindeer, Santa’s workshop (you can even meet his elves), and more. Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-23; 4:30-9:30 pm. Adults $15; children $10; under 3 free. Petco Park, downtown San Diego. www.padres.com/holiday.

Where are your favorite holiday light displays in San Diego? Let us know if we missed one!

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12 thoughts on “21 Must-See Holiday Light Displays in San Diego

  1. Hi,
    Another great Christmas light display is on Magnolia, in Santee, between 2nd Street and El Nopal. For years, the families have provided a circle of homes with beautiful displays, hot chocolate, music and just a fun evening for families!!

  2. Wow I’m surprised that Santee’s Starlight Circle didn’t make this list! They even have a Facebook page dedicated to this time of year. Don’t forget them in 2016!

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