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Holiday Lights in San Diego

There are great Holiday displays of Light all over San Diego.  We picked a few from North, South, East, and West to feature.  Where is your favorite place to see Christmas Lights in San Diego? 

North County Coastal

San Diego Botanic Garden – 125,000+ lights illuminate the Garden.  Holiday crafts, visits with Santa, marshmallow roasting and more. Dec. 1-23 and 26-30, 5-8:30 pm. –

Carlsbad – Holidays at Legoland California – Experience the magic of the holidays with music, twinkling lights and a 30-ft LEGO Christmas Tree. Enjoy live entertainment, a holiday light show and character meet and greets at the Holiday Village. Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

Oceanside – Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights – Boats decorated in holiday lights circle Oceanside Harbor. Dec. 8, 7 pm –

North County Inland

Carmel Mountain Ranch – Fairway Village, east and west sides of Stoney Gate Pl. 100+ homes decorated in “Holiday Magic.” Dec. 15-Jan.1, 5:30-10:30 pm.

Poway – Hickory Ct.,Hickory St., Butterwood Ct., Rockrose Ct. All off Twin Peaks Rd. & Silverset St. named “Candy Cane Lane.” Entire cul-de-sacs are lit up. Dec. 8-24, 6-9 pm.

South Bay

Coronado – Hotel del Coronado Celebrate “A Christmas Legend” as this California gem transforms into a winter wonderland with Skating by the Sea, jingle s’mores, Polar Bear Tea, Santa Brunches, holiday parties and lavish feasts. From soaring red turrets decked in thousands of white lights to a Victorian lobby dressed in holiday splendor, visitors of all ages delight in the best West Coast winter. 1500 Orange Ave. 619-522-8490.

Chula Vista – Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 61st year of decorating 55+ homes. Dec. 8-26, 5-10 pm.

East County San Diego

El Cajon – Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights). Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 & Bradley. Dec. 8-26, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm.

San Diego Central

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo.  The Zoo will be aglow with holiday cheer and activities to keep the whole family jolly. Seasonal decorations, animal experiences, costumed characters, live entertainment and more. Dec. 14-Jan. 6, 9 am-8 pm (until 5 pm Dec. 24). Free with Zoo admission. 619-231-1515.

Clairemont Mesa – Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. “Clairemont Christmas Park”. 40+ homes decorated. Dec. 1-25.

San Diego Coastal 

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. Over 100 vessels. Begins on Quivira Basin. Dec. 8, starts at 6 pm. 858-488-0501.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.  SeaWorld is decked out with more than a million holiday lights and a 40-ft. tree with an animated light show. Also visit Rudolph’s Christmastown, check out holiday-themed animal shows such as Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special, Dolphin Island Christmas and O Wondrous Night, a living nativity performed nightly under the stars, told through the eyes of the animals. New this year is Rudolph’s Movie Experience featuring special effects such as snowfall and the aroma of hot chocolate-daily in the park’s Mission Bay Theater. Nov. 17-Jan. 6.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. 47th Anniversary. “Tropical Island Christmas” theme. Dec. 9 & 16, 5 pm. Starts off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Ferry Landing, Coronado.

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