• Christmas Light Displays – Where to See Them in San Diego
    Posted by at November 26th
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    Start the car, fill up a thermos of hot chocolate and grab some cookies so the whole family can enjoy an evening of twinkling christmas light displays in San Diego.

    Here are just a few highlights:

    Holiday of Lights

    With more than 400 twinkling light displays, the Holiday of Lights is the largest animated drive-through light show on the west coast! For a more “traditional” experience, park the car and take one of the Holiday Hayrides complete with holiday music, carolers, fire pits for roasting marshmallows, hot chocolate or cider, a great big Christmas cookie, and plenty of hay.

    Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014 (map)
    Dates: November 22, 2012 – January 1, 2013
    Times:
    - Sunday-Thursday: 5:30 to 10:00 PM
    - Friday-Saturday: 5:30 to 10:30 PM
    Cost:
    - $15 per car, up to 5 people
    - $20 per vehicle, 6 or more people
    - $50 per bus
    - $10 per person for the Holiday Hayride
    > Get Holiday Hayride Tickets

    San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

    Holiday Float - San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

    Over 80 lavishly decorated boats will sail over the calm waters of the Big Bay during the 41st Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. The parade starts at Shelter Island and makes it way down to the Ferry Landing on Coronado. Make sure to arrive early at one of the viewing spots that include: Harbor Island, Shelter Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and along the pathway on Coronado.

    Dates: Sundays, December 9 and 16, 2012
    Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
    Cost: Free
    > Find out more about San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

    Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

    Mission Bay Parade of Lights

    Over 100 vessels will take to the waters of Mission Bay with decorations and lights aboard. Arrive early to secure a good viewing spot on Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island. Once comfortably seated, enjoy the parade, the finale of fireworks, and the lighting of the SeaWorld Skytower Tree.

    Date: December 8, 2012
    Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
    Cost: Free
    > Find out more about Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

    Belardo Lights in Tierrasanta

    A labor of love by two parents for their two sons with autism, the Schimka family has been lighting up Belardo Drive for the past seven years while raising money for the National Foundation for Autism Research. The display, which is synchronized to the music on 89.7 FM, has grown tremendously over the years and this year will include a new animated snowman and an improved spiral mega tree!

    Location: 5306 Belardo Drive, San Diego, CA 92124 (map)
    Dates: 
    November 24 – December 26, 2012
    Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
    Cost: Free, please consider making a donation
    > Find out more about Belardo Lights in Tierrasanta

    Curtis Muller’s Bright Christmas

    Curtis Muller's Bright Christmas Light Display

    Curtis Muller may only be in his early 20s, but he puts on an incredible “symphony of light” as he likes to call it. The 15 minute shows feature lights, lasers, and fog machines synchronized to classic holiday music.

    Location: 3757 South Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 (map)
    Dates: TBD
    Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
    Cost: $3 per person
    > Find out more aboute Curtis Muller’s Bright Christmas

    Popular San Diego Neighborhoods’ Christmas Light Displays

    Christmas Light Display - Rancho Penasquitos Christmas Card Lane

    There are also plenty of San Diego neighborhoods who collectively get into the holiday spirit with entire blocks lit up with lights. Below are a few of the more popular neighborhoods that have had diplays in the past:

    • Chula Vista’s Christmas Circle
      Located along the loop of  Whitney Street and Mankato Street in San Diego’s South Bay, this neighborhood display usually runs from 5:00 to 10:00 PM through December 26.
    • Rancho Penasquitos’ Christmas Card Lane
      Located in Rancho Penasquitos at Oviedo Street – off Black Mtn. Rd. includes Twin Trails, Carmel Mtn. Rd., Ellingham St., Renato St., Oviedo St., Twin Trails Dr., Barrymore St., Totherham Ave., Talca Ave., Talca Ct., Allenbrook Way, Davenport Ave., Amber Sky Ln.
    • La Mesa’s Jingle Bell Hill
      Also known as Pepper Drive lights, Jingle Bell Hill is located on Solomon Avenue and Pegeen Place.

    > Discover even more holiday excitement in San Diego

    Know of any other great Christmas light displays in San Diego or have any updates to the ones listed above? Let us and others know in the comments below.


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