It’s that gleaming, beaming time of year when So Cal lights up the outdoors with holiday decorations of every size, color and twinkling persuasion. Fill up your gas tank and get ready to head out to some of the best spots to take in the sights and lights of the season:
More than 3.6 million twinkling lights will glow around the historic Mission Inn hotel every night until the end of the festival, which is being extended a full week this year to Jan. 8.
More than 400 family-friendly seasonal light displays have illuminated the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Holiday of Lights will run through New Years Day. Visitors can view the holiday and racetrack themed displays with music from their vehicles while traveling around the 1.5 mile route.
This annual So Cal event that sees up to 100 decorated boats, casting their light off the waters of Mission Bay ranks among one of the favorite holiday traditions in San Diego. The event is free and open to the public and gets under shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 18.
Don’t miss this annual tradition that features hundreds of twinkling, blinking lights dancing to a fun choreographed tune. The best part is all of the bulbs are energy efficient.
Stroll along the historic grounds at Balboa Park, where museums, The Globe, The Spreckels Organ Pavilion stage and the International Cottages for a truly festive holiday experience. Park admission is free.
For years San Diego residents have rolled out the welcome mat to visitors wishing to see the neighborhood’s hand-crafted Christmas cards and incredible light displays. The fun begins on Oviedo Street, off of Black Mountain Road in Penasquitos, and trails around nearby streets in Rancho Penasquitos.
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