Stretch the Holidays – Watch some of San Diego’s festive light displays


The Forward House at Bankers Hill on Ivy Street in San Diego. This and many other festive displays can still be seen after Christmas. Photo by Chris Stone

Many special Christmas events and light shows in San Diego County will continue to provide options for residents as the holidays extend into New Years.

Here are a few to choose from, many of which are free:

  • Old Town Holiday Lights Tram Tour: Take a 75-minute tram tour from December 26-30. Join elf drivers as they share vacation facts and traditions while gazing at the festive lights of the Old Town, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and Balboa Park. Tickets, starting at $ 44, must be purchased 24 hours in advance.
  • Hotel Del Coronado: The Del has transformed its seaside Windsor lawn into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, huge decorated trees and snowy surprises. Free for viewing.
  • Belmont Park at Mission Beach: Features thousands of holiday-themed lights and huge sculptures – free to see.
  • San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells: The zoo turns at night into a magical winter wonderland. Free with $ 62 entry to the park.
  • Clairemont Christmas Park: For years, more than 40 residents of Lana and Jamar Drive, off Abernathy Circle, have hung Christmas lights in their neighborhood “Christmas Park”.
  • The Forward House in Bankers Hill on First Avenue and Ivy Street in San Diego, known for its huge holiday exhibit.
  • Starlight Circle / Starburst Santee: Over 70 homes display Christmas lights welcoming visitors along Tomel Court, off Glendon Circle in Santee. Continues through December 31, from dusk to 10 p.m.
  • Candy Cane Lane in Poway: Hickory Street, next to Saddlewood Drive, features themed exhibits, twinkling lights, and holiday tunes.
  • Willow Walk Road in Oceanside: Over 30,000 lights create a serious show at 5279 Willow Walk Road. See (and hear) also singing Christmas trees, until December 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

– City news service

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