Holiday Light Displays in San Diego

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Nothing represents the holidays better than bright, and festive light displays. Despite the lack of blistery snowstorms that many equate to the holidays, San Diego does boast  great light displays that will rival those of our northern counterparts. These spectacles bring together entire neighborhoods as they compete for the silent title of “best light display.” Observers will drive all around the county just to catch a glimpse of these magnificent displays, and if you’re in town visiting the Ocean Park Inn, be sure to join in on the fun! While some local commercial and corporate displays may be grandiose, nothing brings out the true essence of Christmas like an illuminated neighborhood. The following are just a few of the San Diego locales that will have you singing Christmas tunes all the way home:

Chula Vista:

Whitney St./Mankato – Christmas Circle between First and Second Ave.

Dates: December 10 – December 25. 5-10 pm. Over 55 homes decorated

Eastlake Neighborhood – Off Otay Lakes Rd. and Eastlake Pkwy.

Dates: Evenings December 15 – December 31. They will also hold the Homes for the Holidays contest on December 15.


Lana Dr. and Jamar – Off Mt. Abernathy Ave.,

Dates: December 10 – December 25. Over 40 homes decorated

4760 Norwalk Ave. – Off Clairemont Mesa Blvd./Moranga Ave.

Dates: December 1 – January 1. 6-10 pm

East San Diego:

1523 48th Street – Off Federal Blvd. & 48th St. Arron Christmas Lane

Dates: December 1 – December 30. 5-10 pm.

El Cajon:

Jingle Bell Hill (aka Pepper Drive Lights) – Solomon Ave./Pageen Pl. and surrounding area

Dates: December 1 – December 25. Evenings.

La Mesa:

Bob’s Christmas Wonderland – 7171 Cornell Ave., La Mesa. This residence is transformed into a winter wonderland every year around Christmas. The wonderland is open from 5-9 pm nightly throughout the month of December. Visitors are asked to bring one canned food item to be donated to the Salvation Army.

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