It’s that time of the year again, when Christmas lights brighten up the San Diego neighborhoods. Here is a map with displays all over San Diego, from decorative private homes, to entire neighborhoods. If you would like to explore with your friends and family the most decorative communities throughout San Diego, this list is a must have.
2013 Map of Christmas Lights
7048 Hillsboro St. Off Waring and Princess View. Dec. 7-30, dusk-10 pm. Santa will hand out candy canes Dec. 14.
7607 Romeria St. Nicknamed “The Christmas House”. Walk up to see the animated window display, swimming penguins, dancing Santa, 15-ft hot air balloon, animals frolicking in the waterfall and three snow machines. Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 8-31, 5-9 pm.
Fairway Village, east and west sides of Stoney Gate Pl. 80 homes decorated in “Holiday Magic”. Enjoy a microcosm of world peace and brotherly love as many diverse ethnicities are represented. Dec. 1-31, 5:30-10:30 pm.
Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 55+ homes decorated. Dec. 7-26, 5-10 pm.
5 CLAIREMONT, 92117
Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. 40+ homes decorated. Dec. 7-28.
5404 Mt. Burnham Dr. Features a 96 channel animated light display transmitted to 98.5 FM. North Pole village display, train and animated figures displayed in garage. A Christmas tree, life-size Santa and more. Dec. 1-31, Sun-Th, 6-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 6-11 pm.
4641 Craigie St. Off Highway 94 and 47th. Dec. 10-24, dusk-8 pm.
7 EL CAJON, 92021, 92020
Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights). Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 & Bradley. Dec. 8-26, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm.
1838 El Pico Dr. Off Hacienda Dr. 50th year of decorating the 20-ft. star over 100 ft. Nov. 28-Dec. 31. Also see a 55-ft. train. Dec. 8-31, dusk-10 pm.
1768 Cono Dr. 14-ft spiral tree with 3,200 lights and graphic displays all set to music. Nov. 29-Jan. 1. Sun-Th, 5-10pm, Fri & Sat, 5-11pm.
8 LAKESIDE, 92040
13518 Appaloosa Dr. 48 channels of lights twinkle to 88.1 FM. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5-10pm.
9 LA MESA, 91942
6266 De Camp Dr. 22-ft tree of light, penguins and more. Lights synchronized to 88.5 FM featuring over 15 Christmas songs. Dec. 1-25, 5-9 pm.
689 Meadowbrook Dr. Off Jamacha Rd. South of Lemon Grove. Dec. 8-Jan. 1, dusk-10 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus may be out from Dec. 17-23.
2618 Sheri Lane. Cul de sac turns into Santa Claus Lane each December. Light show starts at 6:30 pm and plays every 30 min. Listen on 89.9 FM. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-9:30 pm.
3648 Esplanade St. Watch choreographed lights dance on 99.5 FM. Stop by for a candy cane! Nov. 29-Dec. 31, Sun-Th, 5-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 5-11 pm.
1615 Quiet Hills Dr. Lights synchronized to 10 songs on 87.9 FM. Dec. 1-31, 5-9 pm. www.ChristmasOnQuietHills.com.
12631 Stoutwood St. Off Twin Peaks Rd. & Deerwood St. Nicknamed “The Griswolds.” Dec. 1-Jan. 1, weekdays, 5:30-10 pm, weekends, 5:30-11 pm.
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. 8-24, 6-9 pm.
23542 Bassett Way. “Happy Lights Ramona” with 20,000+ lights animated to music broadcast to 106.9 FM. Nov. 29-Jan. 1, Sun-Th, 5:30-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 5:30-11 pm.
Oviedo St. Off Black Mountain Rd. “Christmas Card Lane.” Also enter off Twin Trails Dr. & Carmel Mountain Rd. Ellingham St., Renato St., Oviedo St., Twin Trails Dr., Barrymore St., Rotherham Ave., Talca Ave., Talca Ct., Allenbrook Way, Davenport Ave., Amber Sky Ln. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.
Block of 7900 and 8000 Hillandale Dr. Off Mission Gorge & Deerfield. Dec. 1-31, 5-9 pm.
16 SAN MARCOS, 92069, 92078
1639 Knob Hill. Off Nordahl Rd. Between Tam O’ Shanter Dr. & Augusta Dr. 25th year of decorating. 100,000+ lights plus Carnival, Santa Puppy Rescue, North Pole and Santa’s Wild Animal Park themes. Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 5-9 pm. See Santa from 6:30-8 pm from Dec. 13-23. www.ChristmasOnKnobHill.com
1145 Barham Dr. #20. Santa & Mrs. Claus pass out candy canes in front of a festively decorated house. Nov. 29-Dec. 24, Sun.-Th, 5:30-8 pm, Fri & Sat, 5:30-9 pm.
17 SANTEE, 92071
9835 Pebble Beach Dr. Displays on house and yard set up to music. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.
9773 Roe Dr. 27,000 Christmas lights dancing to ten songs over 128 computer controlled channels. Dec. 3-31. Sun-Th, 6-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 6-11 pm. Dec. 17, 24, 25 & 31, 6 pm-midnight. Food Bank and American Cancer Society donations accepted. www.DBChristmas.com
2621 Raymell Dr. The clash of both holidays! Yard decorated like Halloween Town and Christmas Town from “A Nightmare Before Christmas”. Dec. 8-31, dusk-10 pm.
19 TIERRASANTA, 92124
5306 Belardo Dr. Off Via Valarta & Via Playa De Cortes. 100,000 lights, including many homemade decorations, all sequenced and animated to music. Tune radio to 89.7 FM to hear the lights dance. Nov. 30-Dec. 26, 6-10 pm. www.belardolights.com
10927 Baroque Lane. A “Winter Wonderland” theme featuring a dozen handcrafted snowmen, a miniature village and many other hand made characters. Dec. 6-28, 6-10 pm.
COMMERCIAL HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS
A Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave. Tree in the lobby is beautifully decorated plus 100,000 lights illuminate the resort from Nov. 27-Jan. 5. “Holiday Festival…A Family Celebration” with St. Nick and holiday booths with games and prizes on Dec. 4, 4-7 pm. Free. 619-522-8490.
B LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days
Real snow! Build a snowman with LEGO accessories, LEGO Holiday Village building activity, LEGO Santa and his holiday helpers. Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Nightly tree lighting at 5:30 pm followed by entertainment, fireworks and Santa from Dec. 5-24. 760-918-5346.
C Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
Over 100 vessels. Begins on Quivira Basin. Dec. 14, starts at 7 pm, fireworks at 9 pm. 858-488-0501.
D Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights
Boats decorated in holiday lights circle Oceanside Harbor. Dec. 14, 7 pm. 760-722-5751.
E San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
42nd Anniversary, “Big Bay Toy Parade” theme. Dec. 8 & 15. 5:30 pm. Starts off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Ferry Landing, Coronado. www.sdparadeoflights.org
F San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights”
230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 100,000+ lights illuminating the Garden. Dec. 7-23, 26-30, 5-9 pm. Nutcracker display, Poinsettia Garden, marshmallow roasting, live music, holiday crafts. Adults, $14, children 3-12, $6. 760-436-3036.
G San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells
Balboa Park. Dec. 13-23, Dec. 25-Jan. 5. Lighted animal figures, bell ringers, nightly tree-lighting ceremony, “The Night Before Christmas” show. 619-231-1515.
H SeaWorld Christmas Tree of Lights
The Skytower sparkles nightly at 6 pm. Nov. 16-Jan. 4. www.seaworld.com
I Sights and Sounds of Christmas
San Diego Temple, 7474 Charmant Dr., UTC Walk the grounds and enjoy 125,000 lights on nearly two miles of cords. Free. Nov. 30-Jan. 1, 5-11 pm. Enjoy musical performances Nov.30-Dec. 2 & Dec. 7-9; 6,7 & 8pm.
J Victorian Mansion/The Forward House
108 Ivy St., corner of First and Ivy, downtown San Diego. See this 1905 mansion adorned with thousands of lights. Nov. 28-Jan. 1, 5-10 pm. Santa gives out candy canes to kids of all ages on Dec. 13 from 5:30-8:30 pm. 619-533-7900.
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