The glow of holiday lights makes this time of year feel extra special. In San Diego County, many neighborhoods and attractions show up and show out with elaborate light displays that truly dazzle. Here are some of the brightest standouts. 💡
Starlight Circle | East + West Glendon Circles, Santee | Free | Dozens of homes decked out in lights + themes — and some residents set up stands selling hot cocoa, cookies, and kettle corn. You can walk through the neighborhood or drive slowly.
Candy Cane Lane | Hickory Street, Poway | Free | The ultimate place to see holiday lights + get into the spirit in this neck of the woods.
Christmas Circle | Whitney + Mankato streets, south of H Street, Chula Vista | Free | This South Bay neighborhood has been decking itself out in holiday lights for the past six decades.
Lightscape | Through Sunday, Jan. 1 | 5-10 p.m. | San Diego Botanic Garden | $16+ | Illuminated tunnels, festive art installations + one million lights set to festive music along a 1-mile trail.
Lights at the Lakes | Select nights through Saturday, Dec. 24 | 6, 6:45 + 7:30 p.m. | Santee Lakes | $30/car (up to 8 passengers) | This brand-new, drive-thru event adds major sparkle to the recreation preserve; drivers cruise along a 1-mile loop enjoying dozens of intricate displays.
Holiday Nights | Wednesday, Dec. 14-Sunday, Dec. 18 | 5-9 p.m. | Bernardo Winery | Free | The winery village twinkles with lights, carolers + holiday vendors.
Enchanted Village at Noah Homes | Friday, Dec. 16-Thursday, Dec. 22 | 5-8 p.m. | 12526 Campo Rd., Spring Valley | $13.99+ | Park at Steele Canyon High School and then walk over to this neighborhood to enjoy more than one million lights strung on trees, cottages, tunnels, and more. There’s also live entertainment and photos opportunities with Santa.