This holiday season looks a little different, but it’s still lit!
Nothing quite says the holidays like cruising around in your PJ’s to check out all the neighborhood lights. Luckily it’s also one of the more Covid-friendly activities, making it the perfect way to jump start those holiday vibes and celebrate with loved ones. San Diego is known to bring its ‘A’ game when it comes to holiday lights, so we’ve compiled a list of five particularly spectacular spots that are definite must-sees.
This local winter wonderland is a team effort by the whole neighborhood. Also known as the Pepper Drive Lights, it encompasses dozens of houses on Solomon Avenue, Pegeen Place and the surrounding area. Organizers ask that visitors use the Lindenwood Drive entrance off of Pepper Drive to prevent blocking of emergency vehicles and residents.
Where: El Cajon
When: December 7-26, Mon – Thurs 6pm – 9pm, Fri – Sun 6pm – 10pm
The Forward House
This Bankers Hill neighborhood staple has been igniting the holiday season for 22 years and counting. The historic house was originally built for former San Diego Mayor John Forward, and has since converted into an annual stop for those on the hunt for twinkling holiday lights. And not just any lights – the current owner puts on a seasonal show that could put even Clark Griswold to shame.
Where: 108 Ivy Street, Bankers Hill
When: 5pm -10pm
Carlsbad’s favorite neighborhood holiday display is back for another year. And this year the famed house has a new guest: the iconic Escondido Canterbury Gardens Santa! The display, which normally has snow machines running every night, will be drive-through only this year, but just as holly and jolly as ever. The lights will not be turned on in the event of rain.
Where: 7607 Romeria Street, Carlsbad
When: December 6-27, 5pm – 10pm every night
This holiday gem was started by a Tierrasanta local and his son. It’s a one-of-a-kind computerized holiday lighting display synchronized with 106.1 FM radio, spreading holiday cheer all across the neighborhood. This year, visitors are being encouraged to stay in and around their cars, and to wear a mask and practice social distancing if they do step outside. In the event of rain (anything heavier than a sprinkle), the lights will not be turned on.
Where: 5306 Belardo Drive, Tierrasanta
When: 6pm – 10pm every night through December 27
Starlight Circle is another neighborhood brimming with holiday cheer. Located in Santee, this community of decked-out houses includes both East and West Glendon Circle. In past years there have even been holiday goodies like kettle corn and cotton candy on sale!
When: most houses can be seen 5:30pm – 10pm every night until Christmas Day
[Featured image: Starlight Circle]