Where to find Santa this California Christmas...

Updated: Dec 24, 2019

Amazing Christmas lights display and local attraction

Christmas in San Diego County is filled with joy, laughter, families spending more time together and enjoying the beautiful Christmas display of their neighbor and friends. Here are a few neighborhoods where the decorations are mind blowing:

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Is a fun and spectacular event where family and friends gather to enjoy the holiday festivities. You will be dazzled by well decked out boats in the their holiday best. Try to get there as early as possible because parking is limited and it can get pretty crowded. And if you are looking to grab a bit to eat by the harbor before the parade, I recommend Rockin Baja Lobster their “Tacos Tres Amigos”, are finger licking good.

December 14 at 7pm

Oceanside Harbor, CA 92054

Candy Cane Lane, Poway

This transformation happens during the second week of December through Jan 1, Candy Card Lane neighborhood has transformed. Everyone goes all out from the theme, lights, music and not to mention the inflatables. I would say packed the entire family in a car and lets head in that direction, Hickory Court, Hickory Street, off Twin Peaks Road and Silverset St.

Christmas Card Lane, Rancho Peñasquitos

Prepared to be dazzled by the San Diego Christmas tradition that started in 1982 where the residence display their massive balloons in front of their homes showcasing the Christmas theme, cartoons and other images.. It is so amazing to see the kids’ faces light up and joy on parents face, it sure looks a lot like Christmas. This two hour event happens on Dec 8th and 15th at 5 pm.

Don’t forget to visit during the week of Christmas where the magic begins.

Oviedo Street, and Black Mountain Road.

Botanic Wonderland

This family tradition is held in Dickinson Family Education Conservatory on the following date December 3–8; 10–15; 17–23; 26–30 . Gather the family together and head out and enjoy the festivities. The activities includes a twinkling light tunnel, Santa and the Snow Princess, scavenger hunt, face painting and many more. And for the first time a portion of the Hamilton Children’s Garden and Toni’s Treehouse will be beautifully lit up and ready for fun during December evening hours, enjoy!

San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024


San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

For the last 48 years the locals all gather together in awe as they prepared to be astonished as the bay is lit by boats moving through Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry arriving in Coronado. This annual traditional event is sponsored by the annual boating community. Don’t forget to dress warm and have a good time!


Belardo Lights in Tierrasanta

The computerized display for the last 13 years has become even more impressive, this all started by the dad who wanted to create a very meaningful and special tradition for his two son with autism. Stop by and be prepared to be amazed. This is a free event through Dec 27 from 6-10 pm, 5306 Belardo Drive, San Diego.

Garrison Street Lights in Point Loma

This nearly 40 years traditional event is one not to miss, this transformation is more like Disneyland. They try to represent many beliefs, not just Christmas, so everyone feels the love and is welcomed. The neighborhood lights up and captures the spirit of the season nightly until 10 pm on 3616 Garrison St Don’t miss out on all the fun!

A few tips if you are traveling with small children

During this time of year in San Diego, California the nights are a bit colder, so when traveling with small children don’t forget those hats, warm jackets, scarfs and maybe a snack or two and enjoy,

Happy Holidays!


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