Holiday Light Displays in San Diego County

December 17, 2020


Botanic Wonderland at Botanical Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas
Enjoy a dazzling evening in nature with Holiday Nights in the Garden throughout December. Highlights include lighted animal displays, laser lighting and fire pits. Open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 2-6, 9-13. 16-23 and 26-30. Reservations required and ticket prices range from $7 to $18.  

Enchanted Village: A Drive-Thru Holiday Experience | 12526 Campo Road, Spring Valley
The Noah Homes’ Enchanted Village: A Drive-Thru Holiday Experience puts guests in the driver’s seat for holiday cheer. Experience interactive displays and a drive-through lighted tunnel featuring over 100,00 lights. You can even get your picture taken (from a safe distance) with St. Nick. $65 per car. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18-23.

Holidays at Legoland California Resort | One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad
Marvel at a 30-foot Christmas tree made out of Legos, and decorated in hundreds of Lego ornaments, which will come to life each evening during a Holiday Light Show synced to music. Snap photos in front of a life-size model of Lego Santa, build Lego reindeer and holiday ornaments, and participate in socially-distanced meet and greets with characters like Santa, the Toy Soldier and Gingerbread Man. Tickets are required and must be purchased online. Happening Nov. 20-29; Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-31; Jan. 1-10, 2021.

Holidays In Your Car in Del Mar | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
Head to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a large-scale, drive-through holiday light experience. The family-friendly show features more than one million LED lights, as well as holograms and projection mapping animated to holiday music. Tickets are only available to buy online for $45 (car with up to four people) or $64 (cars with five or more people) with a 45-minute time slot between 5 and 9 p.m.

Holiday Market & Trail at Petco Park | 100 Park Boulevard, East Village
Peruse a one-way, socially-distanced trail at Petco Park’s Gallagher Square and enjoy local and European-themed artisan shops, lighting displays, seasonal characters, food and drinks and unique gifts at the Holiday Market & Trail at Petco Park. Dec. 3- 6 and Dec. 9-23.

Northern Lights in Escondido | 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido
California Center for the Arts, Escondido invites guests to a self-guided tour of its outdoor venue decked out in lights, blow-up figurines and large LED Christmas trees. The non-ticketed public event is free. Open through Jan. 3, 2021.

Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights and Sights Tour | 4010 Twiggs Street, Old Town
A safe way to see some of San Diego’s seasonal sights? The Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights and Sights Tour takes guests on a tour of festive lights throughout Old Town, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Balboa Park and more, while conductors share fun holiday facts and traditions. Dec. 3-24 and Dec. 26-30.


Bankers Hill
The holidays are lit at the Forward House in Bankers Hill, where homeowner John Olbrich has been decorating his home and de-lighting the neighborhood since 1998. Lights are displayed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through New Year’s. Located at First and Ivy in Bankers Hill.

Jamar Drive, Jamar Court, Lana Lane and Lana Drive have decorated for the holiday season. This semi-circular route off Mt Abernathy Drive behind Madison High School is consistently rated as one of the best Christmas displays in San Diego County.

El Cajon
“Jingle Bell Hill,” also known as “Pepper Drive Lights,” is El Cajon’s own winter wonderland. West entrance is at Pepper and Rockview drives and east entrance is at Pepper and Lindenwood drives.

Take the Riverford exit on Highway 67 to “Tinsel Town,” where more than 20 homes on Paseo Palmas Drive participate. Cross streets are Palm Row and Paseo Palmas.

Mission Hills
Santa’s elves have placed a special mailbox where kids can drop off their Christmas wish lists and have them sent to the North Pole. Bring letters to 2163 Guy Street between 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Saturday through Christmas. Families can also see lights and take pictures with elves.

Hickory Street turns into “Candy Cane Lane” for the holidays. Most lights stay up until Christmas, and some continue to shine until New Year’s Day.

Rancho Penasquitos
“Christmas Card Lane” on Oviedo Street is a beloved North County spot. More than 200 houses participate in the festivities.

“Starlight Circle” is located at East and West Glendon Circle.

Since 2006, Randy and Brandon Schimka have hosted a holiday lights display (synchronized to music on FM 106.1) at their home at 5306 Belardo Dr. in Tierrasanta. Lights will display from Nov. 28 through Dec. 27.

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