Make this holiday season merry and bright by taking your family to one of these festive locales to behold gorgeous lights. These can't miss neighborhoods are aglow with twinkling lights that will make everyone’s eyes sparkle.Less
Since the 1980’s, this east county neighborhood has been lighting up the holiday skies. Over 75 houses around the circle decorate with individual themes making this one of the best-dressed communities north of the 52. Some homes offer treats like cotton candy, kettle corn, tamales, and hot chocolate for sale in their driveway, so bring cash if you want snacks and drinks.
Stroll outdoors along the 1-mile glowing pathway that meanders throughout this Botanic Wonderland. Each area is transformed into dazzling holiday displays and children’s gardens filled with delights. Make a night of it with dinner from the on-site food trucks, sing along with carolers, and kids can write letters to Santa after they play in the magical treehouse. Make this unique wonderland part of your winter holiday tradition.
Surround yourself with over 200,000 lights amongst 8 acres of brightly lit trees, magical cottages, light tunnels, carolers, giant candy canes, and interactive displays to walk through. This is an annual event for Noah Homes; which provides housing and care for people with developmental disabilities. Santa will make an appearance nightly so bring your littles for some fun photos!
Experience the holidays at the Del Mar Fairgrounds featuring more than one million LED lights, holograms, and projection mapping animation to the tunes of holiday classics! In addition to walking through the dazzling light displasy, you can rent private igloos, reserve firepits for roasting s’mores, play in the snow and go snow tubing on their hill.
Almost 100 homes on this friendly residential street turn up the wattage and amp up the brightness to really shine. Drive on out to one of the best neighborhood light displays in the county. Some houses will have hot cocoa, cookies, and music to fill you up with holiday cheer.
Over 35 displays will light up the night during this one-mile drive-through holiday display. Music will synchronize with your car radio, and every visit will be a different experience. Tickets must be pre-purchased before the event, and prices are $30/vehicle with up to 8 passengers.
Nothing says larger than life like these colossal “Christmas Cards” that light up these landscaped lawns. Dawdle or drive down this magical street, and your eyes will enjoy this feast of lights.
This neighborhood transforms into a twinkling wonderland, and you’ll be amazed by large lighted displays, giant inflatables, and holiday decorations. If you’re viewing lights from your car, pack your patience and plan on moving at a very slow pace. Many opt to park their car, bundle up the kids in strollers and walk through the neighborhood to see the lights at their own speed.
For a truly charming experience, take your little elves for photos with Santa and mail their letters to him at this one-of-a-kind Christmas House. Free treats will be given out to kids nightly who send a letter, and not to mention, Santa writes back to every child. This home is completely decked out with an endless array of twinkling lights and holiday decor.
The boat parade on San Diego Bay is a time-honored tradition bringing the boating community out in full force to dazzle and entertain the bayfront crowds. The theme this year is fantaSEA and over 80 boats are expected to participate in this free event.