While it’s not snowing, there’s no shortage of Christmas Lights In San Diego. Our homies at DoSD have rounded up some awesome spots for your holiday light viewing pleasure.
LUMINARIA, SOUTH PARK
Photo c/o South Park SD Blog
OB TREE, OCEAN BEACH
Photo c/o Cody Page
An off balance tree for a slightly off balance town. Keeping it traditionally weird, the OB “Charlie Brown” tree is always a sight to behold. Stroll down Newport Street under the Happy Holidays sign, take in the tree from the sand, or take a walk down one of California’s longest piers.
THE CARLSBAD CHRISTMAS HOUSE, CARLSBAD
Photo c/o D-TEK
At 7607 Romeria St., you can walk up to see the animated window display, swimming penguins, surfing Santa, Snoopy skating, and three snow machines. Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 4-31, 5-9 pm.
CHRISTMAS CIRCLE, CHULA VISTA
Photo c/o City of Chula Vista
Head down to Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. Go check it out between 5-10 pm.
BELARDO LIGHTS, TIERRASANTA
Photo c/o Fox 5
Over on 5306 Belardo Dr. Off Via Valarta at Via Playa De Cortes, over 100,000 lights and decorations all sequenced and animated to music at 106.1 FM will await you. Grab the fam and see the show between 6-10 pm.
KNOB HILL, SAN MARCOS
Photo c/o Bob
This neighborhood has been setting up lights for almost 30 years now, and they have at least 100,000 bulbs waiting to amaze you, plus displays and themed yard decor. These families start their light displays before December even hits, usually right after Thanksgiving. To find this place, just look for Nordahl Rd. Between Tam O’ Shanter Dr. & Augusta Dr.
GARDEN OF LIGHTS, ENCINITAS
Photo c/o Colleen
The Botanic Gardens get a lights face lift in December and everything gets wrapped in lights. The Gardens offer free marshmallows for toasting over a fire, and some nights even have horse drawn carriage rides and sledding (yes, with snow). But if you want those extras, come early and bring a little extra cash. Santa even makes an appearance at the Botanic Gardens, so start rehearsing your wish list.
CHRISTMAS CARD LANE, RANCHO PEÑASQUITOS
Photo c/o Srini
This street is home to colossal Christmas cards and Disney themed light and yard decor. The street’s non-holiday name is Oviedo St, off Black Mountain Road. This display started in 1982, and has since expanded from one street to most of the neighborhood, so there is no wrong way to turn onto Christmas Card Lane. The neighborhood keeps the lights on from dusk to 10 PM, but the best time to go is about 7:00 PM.