San Diego’s best holiday light displays to see this year!
San Diego, several neighborhoods stretching from the North County to South Bay give residents plenty of lights to watch sparkle.
Light displays can range in subtlety, but that’s not where we’re sending you. These neighborhoods are home to locals who throw the electric bill out the window in December and celebrate the season with brilliant illumination. So grab your hot cocoa and head out to celebrate the season.
Carlsbad: The “Carlsbad Christmas House” lights up with flamingos and penguins, animated window displays, dancing with Santa, and the Land of Misfit Toys at 7607 Romeria Street. More info .
San Marcos: The lights kick on for “Christmas on Knob Hill” at Knob Hill Road from Nov. 28 to Dec. 30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Santa also pays a visit Dec. 13 – 23. More on dates and times of the display here .
Rancho Bernardo: Homes lining the cul-de-sac of Tristania Pl. are dressed top to bottom with lights, spelling out “hope,” “joy,” and “Noel” across homes plus much more.
Carmel Mountain: Homes in the Fairway Village area of Carmel Mountain will be decked out in lights! Check out the lights from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 from dusk to 10:30 p.m. nightly, plus the public block party on the Saturday before Christmas. More info .
Poway: “Candy Cane Lane” covers Hickory Ct., Hickory St., Butterwood Ct., and Rockrose Ct. in Poway, beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving until at least Jan. 1. More info .
Rancho Penasquitos: “Christmas Card Lane” can be found on Oviedo St. off Black Mountain Rd. Homes create plywood “cards” with Christmas themes or cartoons and light displays from dusk until about 10 p.m. throughout December. More info .
Lakeside: Homes on Paseo Palmas Dr. can be seen dressed up in lights this season, as lights string together each home on the street. There may even be a special appearance by The Grinch on the 21 (8 p.m.) and 22 (7 p.m.)… Visitors can see the displays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout December. More info .
Santee: “Starlight Circle” or “Sunburst Santee” covers Tomel Ct. off Magnolia Ave. Residents have their own schedule for how long lights will be up, but visitors can usually catch them from about 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. More info .
Central San Diego
Tierrasanta: Visit 5306 Belardo Dr. for a decked out light display and nightly beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving. More info .
Clairemont: Clairemont’s “Clairemont Christmas Park” on Lana Dr. & Jamar Dr.
Bankers Hill: “The Forward House” in Banker’s Hill is located at Ivy St. and 1st Ave. and has been a neighborhood holiday tradition for years. The house will be lit generally from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. More info .