Best Christmas Lights in San Diego by Area

It’s all about lights and decorations at the holidays, and for these displays, there’s no such thing as too much.

If you want to dazzle your kids with a spectacular display that will make Times Square look dim then these bright spots are sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. If you know of some great light displays that we missed in our list please add them below in the comments section. Thank you!  {module_literature,i,220500}

• 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. 

POWAY, 92064
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. 7-24, 6-9 pm.

RAMONA, 92065
23542 Bassett Way. “Happy Lights Ramona” with 30,000+ lights animated
to music broadcast to 106.9 FM using 424 computer channels. Nov. 27-Jan. 1,
Sun-Th, 5:30-10 pm, 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.
27th year of decorating. 100,000+ lights plus themed displays. Nov. 24-Dec.
23, 5-9 pm. See Santa Dec. 12-23, 6:30-8 pm.
www.ChristmasOnKnobHill.com
1145 Barham Dr. Santa & Mrs. Claus pass out candy canes in front of a
festively decorated house with an electric train. Nov. 27-Dec. 24, Sun-Th,
5:30-8 pm, Fri & Sat, 5:30-9 pm. 

• North County Coastal •


CARLSBAD
, 92009
7607 Romeria St. Nicknamed “The Christmas House”. Walk to see animated
window display, swimming penguins, dancing Santa, three snow machines and
Surfing Santa. Food Drive donations accepted. Dec. 7-31, 5-9 pm. 

OCEANSIDE, 92056
3648 Esplanade St. Choreographed lights dance to 99.5 FM. Stop by for a
candy cane! Nov. 27-Dec. 31, Sun-Th, 5-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 5-11 pm.
1615 Quiet Hills Dr. Lights synchronized to over 10 songs on 87.9 FM. Dec.
1-31, 5-9 pm. http://ChristmasOnQuietHills.com.
2329 Snead Dr. 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. 1-31, 5:30-9 pm.
408 Alyssum Way. Lights synchronized to 89.9 FM. Dec. 1-31. Sun-Th, 5-9
pm; Fri & Sat, 5-10 pm. www.ChristmasAtIveyGlenn.com. 

LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days More than 50 tons of real snow, a new ice
rink, 7-foot tall snow-covered tube runs for children to slide down, a snow-play
area where kids can throw snowballs, festive treats, holiday entertainment and
family fun activities. Nov. 22-Jan. 4. 760-918-5346. www.legoland.com 

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights Boats decorated in holiday lights circle
Oceanside Harbor. Dec. 13, 7 pm. 760-722-5751. www.oceansideyc.net 

San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights”
100,000+ lights illuminating the Garden. Nutcracker display, Poinsettia
Garden, marshmallow roasting, live music, holiday crafts. Dec. 6-23, 26-30,
5-9 pm. Adults, $14, children 3-12, $6. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 760-
436-3036. www.SDBGarden.org
 

• Downtown San Diego • 

Luminaria. Trees, lamp posts, roofs, courtyards
all decorated with lights. Along 30th St. and Fern
St. from Juniper to Grape to Beech. Mid-Nov.-Jan.
1. www.SouthParkScene.com
The Forward House in Bankers Hill. Come see
this historic mansion, built in 1905 for Mayor John
Forward Sr., adorned with thousands of lights
every season since 1998. Thanksgiving through
New Year’s Eve, 5-10 pm. 108 Ivy St., at 1st &
Ivy, 5 blocks west of Balboa Park. 619-533-7900 

• San Diego Central •

CLAIREMONT, 92117
Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave.
Circular street. 40+ homes decorated. Dec. 7-28.
4670 Norwalk Ave. Off Clairemont Mesa Blvd./
Moraga Ave. Dec. 7-Jan. 1, 7-10 pm, weekends
7-11 pm.
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. 10-31, Sun-Th, 6-10 pm, Fri & Sat
6-11 pm. 

TIERRASANTA, 92124
5306 Belardo Dr. Off Via Valarta & Via Playa
De Cortes. 100,000 lights and decorations all
sequenced and animated to music at 106.1 FM.
Nov. 29-Dec. 26, 6-10 pm.
www.belardolights.com
11626 Papagallo Ct. Off Colina Dorado or
Calle De Vida. Disney theme with Mickey and his
friends. Dec. 13-Jan. 2, 5:30-10 pm.
10927 Baroque Lane. A Christmas featuring
the Cheshire Cat along with a miniature village,
a dozen handcrafted snowmen and many other
hand made characters. Dec. 5-28, 6-10 pm. 

BALBOA PARK
Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo. Displays of
lighted animal sculptures, ride the Twinkle Light
Trolley, live animal presentations, special music
and entertainment, delicious treats, visit with
Santa and much more. Dec. 13-Jan. 4,
9 am-8 pm. 619-231-1515. www.sandiegozoo.org 

• San Diego Coastal •

POINT LOMA, 92106
Garrison St. & Chatsworth. Off Rosecrans. “Garrison Street Lights”. Nov. 27-Dec. 31. 5-10 pm. 

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. Over 100 vessels. Begins on Quivira Basin. Dec. 13, starts at
7 pm. 858-488-0501. www.mbyc.org
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. 44th Anniversary, “Children’s Stories” theme. Dec. 14 & 21, 5:30 pm. Starts
off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Ferry Landing, Coronado.
www.sdparadeoflights.org 

SeaWorld’s Christmas Tree of Lights and SnowWorld. The Skytower sparkles nightly. Enjoy a winter
wonderland of snowmen building, snowball making, sledding and family fun at SnowWorld at SeaWorld’s Arctic
Plaza, featuring over 8,000 square feet of fresh snow each day. Nov. 15-Jan. 4. www.seaworldsandiego.com 

Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Walk the grounds and enjoy 130,000 lights plus Christmas nativity scene.
Free. Nov. 30-Jan. 1, 5-11 pm. Enjoy musical performances Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 6-8 & 13-15, 6, 7 & 8 pm.
San Diego Temple, 7474 Charmant Dr., UTC. 

 • East County •


EL CAJON,
92021, 92020
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. Dec. 6-30, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm. 
1838 El Pico Dr. Off Hacienda Dr. 51st year of decorating the 20-ft. star over 100 ft. Nov. 30-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. 
2772 Anjuli Ct. Come dance and watch the eight-minute Christmas light show. Lights and
music make you truly enjoy the Christmas season. Dec. 1-31. 

LAKESIDE, 92040
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, penguins and more. Turn your radio to the posted
station to watch lights dance to Christmas songs. Dec. 1-25, 5-9 pm. 
9367 Urban Dr. Decorated with lots of lights and inflatables. Dec. 1-31, dark-10 pm.
7817 
Quince St. Santa hands out candy canes Dec. 20. House lit up Dec. 6-31, dusk-10 pm. 

LEMON GROVE/LOMITA, 91945
689 Meadowbrook Dr. Off Jamacha Rd. South of Lemon Grove. Dec. 8-Jan. 1, dusk-10 pm.
2618 
Sheri Lane. Cul de sac turns into Santa Claus Lane each December. 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. 

SANTEE, 92071
Starlight Circle/Sunburst Santee. Tomel Court, off Magnolia. Many homes lit up. Dec. 13-26, 7-10 pm. 
9835 Pebble Beach Dr. Displays on house and yard set to music. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.
9773 Roe Dr. 27,000 Christmas lights dance to ten songs over 128 computer channels. Food Bank and
American Cancer Society donations accepted. Dec. 5-31. Sun-Th, 6-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 6-11 pm.
www.DBChristmas.com. 

• South Bay •

CHULA VISTA, 91910, 91911, 91914, 91915
Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 55+ homes
decorated. Dec. 13-26, 5-10 pm. 

PARADISE HILLS, 92139
2160 Reo Dr. 11th year of decorating. Free cookies and cocoa Dec. 20, 7-10 pm. Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 7 pm-midnight. 

Hotel del Coronado Tree in the lobby is beautifully decorated plus 100,000 lights illuminate the resort Nov. 27-
Jan. 4. “Holiday Festival…A Family Celebration” with St. Nick and holiday booths with games and prizes
Dec. 3, 4-7 pm. Free. 1500 Orange Ave. 619-522-8490. www.hoteldel.com