The 13 Best Neighborhoods To See Christmas Lights In San DiegoFront Page Pour the hot chocolate and hop in the car to tour the best spots for Christmas lights in San Diego!
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 13 picks to view Christmas lights in San Diego County:
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 through December 30 from 5 to 9 PM. If you’d like to visit with Santa, be sure to plan your visit between December 14 and 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
5306 Belardo Drive, San Diego
This marks the 13th 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 from 6 to 10 PM through December 27 to see what new sights this year’s display has in store for viewers and don’t forget to tune your radio to 106.1 FM for synchronized music. Take note that the light display may be shut down on rainy days so you may want to check the website for updates if the weather is questionable.
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 nightly until 10 PM.
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
Made up of three neighboring cul-de-sacs, Candy Cane Lane is an impressive array of festive lights and holiday cheer. While some residents have had their seasonal displays up since Thanksgiving, you can expect the majority of homes to be lit up by the second week of December and continue nightly through Christmas Eve from 6 to 9 PM.
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.
Christmas Park in Clairemont
View more than 40 homes decorated with holiday lights along Lana Drive and Jamar Drive in Clairemont. The circular street, located off Mount Abernathy Avenue, started this holiday tradition in 1977 and will be lit up again this year from December 1 to 25.
Merry-tage Court in Scripps Ranch
The Scripps Ranch streets of Stonebridge Parkway and Merritage Court get creative with their lighting displays, including homes themed to pop culture hits like Star Wars and Cars. View these magnificent holiday lights the entire month of December from 5:30 to 9:30 PM.
Jingle Bell Hill in El Cajon
From Pepper Drive to Soloman Avenue, you’ll find about 75 homes featuring an assortment of holiday themes. So many homes participate in the annual event that the area is better known as Jingle Bell Hill during the holiday season. From comic book characters to nativity scenes, there’s something for everyone on this El Cajon street.Plan your visit from December 8 to 26 between 6 and 9 PM weeknights and 6 and 10 PM Friday through Sunday.
Starlight Circle in Santee
Head to Santee to view 75 homes in all their holiday glory along Tomel Court. While you can drive through the neighborhood, you may find more magic if you get out and walk. Some of the homeowners have been known to spread some extra Christmas cheer in the form of hot chocolate and other goodies in year’s past. You’ll find the lights on every day in December from 5:30 to 10 PM.
Christmas Circle in Chula Vista
For 60 years, the homes along Whitney Street and Mankato Circle have proudly displayed their Christmas spirit. With more than 55 homes to see, this is a hot spot for holiday lights viewing in the South Bay. Visit Dec. 8-26 from 5-10 PM to cross this tradition off your holiday to-do list.
Fairway Village in Carmel Mountain Ranch
You’ll find around 100 homes participating in this holiday lights spectacular in Carmel Mountain Ranch along Stoney Gate Place. Plan your visit from December 15 to January 1 between 5:30 and 10:30 PM for the best views.
Luminaria in South Park
While South Park has a charming vibe that makes it feel like a little town tucked into a big city every day of the year, they really embrace the small town ambiance with their Luminaria theme during the holidays.
You’ll find tree-lined streets that sparkle under strings of lights through the new year. Enjoy the lights along 30th Street and Fern Street through January 1.
Carlsbad Christmas House
6646 Elegant Tern Place
This private home is transformed into a spectacular Christmas village complete with a Santa mailbox where you can drop off letters to the man himself and even receive a response by Christmas Day. Visit nightly through Christmas from 6 to 10 PM and drop off your letter to Santa by December 23. For an extra special experience, come between 6 and 9 PM on December 14 to take part in the yearly community party with hot cocoa, mulled wine and fresh spun cotton candy!
Enjoy the Season!
Now you know where to go…we’ll see you out there!