Where to See San Diego Christmas Lights in 2020

Community Christmas light displays are a wonderful safe way to experience holiday cheer this year! Many neighborhoods are asking that visitors view the lights from their cars, rather than parking and walking around, to keep everyone socially distanced.

Please confirm all information before going to see each display, as information (dates, times, participants) might change.

North County Coastal


Your favorite holiday characters Santa, the Toy Solider and Gingerbread Man are back and ready for socially distanced meet-and-greets Nov. 20 through Jan. 10. Head over to Fun Town where there’s a 30-foot, fully decorated LEGO® Christmas tree with over 400 LEGO ornaments. And as the day winds down, the tree gets a-twinklin’ to holiday tunes at the Holiday Light Show. More information here. 

Del Mar Fairgrounds

A magnificent display of lights and sounds will ring in the holidays at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this season, with Holidays in Your Car. More than one million LED lights, holograms, and projection mapping animated to holiday music will take over the fairgrounds for visitors to enjoy their own little sleigh ride, with some displays standing at over 40 feet high. More information here.


Dec. 5 – Dec. 24, Dec. 26 – Dec. 30, and Jan. 2, 2021

Mondays-Thursdays: 5:00PM-9:00PM
Fridays-Sundays: 5:00PM-10:00PM

Price: Starting at $49 per car

Encinitas: Botanic Wonderland

Gather up your family and friends and come spend an evening (or two!) at Botanic Wonderland. Stroll outdoors amidst festive holiday lights strung throughout several garden areas on the 37-acre property, including the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory.

This year advance reservations are required to visit Botanic Wonderland. Secure your reservations here. Due to COVID, this year’s Botanic Wonderland will be limited to an outdoor holiday lighting experience for visitors to walk amidst with appropriate social distancing to keep everyone safe.

Dates: Regular Priced Evenings: Dec. 2-6; 9-13; 16 & 17; 26-30; Peak Priced Evenings: Dec. 18-23
Time: 5–9 p.m.

North County Inland

Tristania Place in Rancho Bernardo

Homes lining the cul-de-sac of Tristania Pl. are dressed top to bottom with lights.

Fairway Village Area of Carmel Mountain:

Homes in the Fairway Village area of Carmel Mountain will be decked out in lights from dusk to 10:30 p.m. nightly from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Vehicles are welcome to drive around and visitors are asked not to walk around the neighborhood.

“Candy Cane Lane” in Poway

Covers Hickory Ct., Hickory St., Butterwood Ct., and Rockrose Ct. in Poway. Occurs generally around the 2nd week of December through January.

“Christmas Card Lane” in 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. The best time to go is around 7-8 PM, when all the lights are on.

“Merry-tage Court” in Scripps Ranch

Can be found at Stonebridge Pkwy and Merritage Ct. covered in bright holiday themes throughout December from dusk until about 10 p.m. nightly.

“Knob Hill” in San Marcos

Clocking in at over 85,000 lit-up lights, hundreds of fun-figurines and a whole lot of electrical wiring, this Knob Hill neighborhood is a go-to for brilliant displays. Lights-on between 5-9 p.m. nightly around Thanksgiving-Dec. 30 at 1639 Knob Hill Rd.

East County

Lakeside: Tinsel Town

Homes on Paseo Palmas Dr. can be seen dressed up in lights this season, as lights string together each home. Visitors can see the displays from about 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout December.

Santee: “Starlight Circle”

This display 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.

El Cajon

Homes on Pepper Dr. will be dressed up in festive holiday lights. The hilltop street becomes a neighborhood beacon every holiday season.

Lemon Grove: Santa Claus Lane

Lemon Grove’s “Santa Claus Lane” can be found on Sheri Lane. Light show at 6:30 pm and every 30 minutes on 89.9 FM. Dec. 1-31, 5:30-9:30 pm.

Central San Diego

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights brings more than 100,000 San Diego residents and visitors to the shores of San Diego Bay each year. The procession of approximately 80 lavishly decorated boats has become one of the most iconic events in the region. There is no cost to view the parade. This year’s theme is the 12 Days of Christmas: parade is Dec. 13 and 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Get more information here.


Visit 5306 Belardo Dr. for a decked out light display. Tune your car radio to 106.1 FM to hear holiday music played in sync with the lights. The house lights up starting Nov. 28th at 6 p.m. More info.

Clairemont: “Clairemont Christmas Park”

On Lana Dr. & Jamar Dr. On this circular street there are 40+ homes decorated Dec. 1-24.

SeaWorld San Diego

The holidays kick off at SeaWorld through Jan. 4, 2021, with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa celebrations at the park. The park will celebrate with a sea-themed 25-foot tree, menorah lighting, and kinara lighting for the holidays. The park is also bringing back the Sesame Street Christmas Village, and offering safe photos and cookies with Santa and other fun activities. More info.

San Diego Zoo

Check out “Jungle Bells” at San Diego Zoo from Dec. 4-6, 11-23, 25-31, and Jan. 1-3, 2021. The park will give visitors the chance to see their favorite animals, and enjoy music and roaming entertainment. More info.

Bankers Hill: “The Forward House”

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.

South Bay

Chula Vista: “Christmas Circle”

On Whitney St. and Mankato St. in Chula Vista. Homes along the streets will be lit up throughout December from dusk until about 10 p.m. each night.



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