The Top 5 Neighborhoods To View Christmas Lights In San DiegoBest of SD
Just because it doesn’t snow in San Diego and the temperature rarely drops below 60 degrees,
it doesn’t mean that San Diegans don’t know how to get into the holiday spirit!
In fact, there are multiple neighborhoods known for their stunning light displays that
you’ll want to add to your holiday to-do list.
Here’s our top five picks to view Christmas lights in San Diego County:
1639 Knob Hill Rd., San Marcos
This North County holiday light display started in 1988 and has grown to become one of the biggest in the county with more than 85,000 lights. It attracts over 15,000 spectators each year and even Santa comes to visit during the week of Christmas. Perhaps just as amazing as the lights is the fact that they have been powered completely by solar energy since 2014.
Open nightly, except Wednesdays, during the holiday season from 5 to 9 PM.
5306 Belardo Drive, San Diego
This marks the 11th holiday season for the spectacular display at Belardo Lights. Started by a father who wanted to create a special holiday tradition for his two sons with autism, the computerized light display has only become more impressive each year.
Stop by starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving from 6 to 10 PM to see what new sights this year’s display has in store for viewers and don’t forget to tune your radioto 106.1 FM for synchronized music.
Although it’s free to view the home’s holiday display, a donation to the National Foundation for Autism Research is appreciated.
Christmas Card Lane in Rancho Penasquitos
Oviedo Street and Black Mountain Road, San Diego
This must-see holiday hot spot in Rancho Penasquitos is the effort of about 200 families and features yards full of gigantic Christmas card cut-outs set against a backdrop of strings of bright lights.
Plan your visit for early December when all the lights are up and before the big holiday rush hits. Look for Santa and Mrs. Claus to make an appearance too!
Garrison Street Lights in Point Loma
Garrison Street and Wildwood Lane, San Diego
As if the incredible daytime views from this hilltop neighborhood weren’t impressive enough, the street becomes an equally amazing sight-to-see after dusk during December. From the homes to the trees, the neighborhood lights up and captures the spirit of the season.
The holiday tradition has proved to be a popular destination for over 30 years and is eye-catching enough to attract holiday light bus tours to the street.
Candy Cane Lane in Poway
Hickory Street and Saddlewood Drive, Poway
Made up of three neighboring cul-de-sacs, Candy Cane Lane is an impressive array of festive lights and holiday cheer.
Many of the residents do more than just light up their homes for your viewing pleasure. You can often find them mixing and mingling with guests and raising money for charities by selling holiday treats.
Since Candy Cane Lane is located on a dead end street, it’s recommended that you park the car and take a stroll through this winter wonderland.