A Merry and Bright Guide to San Diego’s Best Christmas Light Displays

As the holiday season unfolds in San Diego, the city transforms into a magical wonderland of lights from late November through December. In the spirit of spreading holiday cheer, we’ve curated the perfect guide to San Diego’s best Christmas light displays. Join us as we add a little extra sparkle to your holiday season.


Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights: Boats, kayaks, yachts, and dinghies deck out their vessels in festive attire as they brighten up the Oceanside coastline, creating a dazzling spectacle for onlookers.

When: December 9, 2023

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054

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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights: The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme.

When: December 10th and 17th

Time: 5:30pm

Where: Parade Schedule and Route


Jungle Bells at the Zoo: The San Diego Zoo hosts an annual holiday-themed event, featuring festive decorations, light displays, and special entertainment throughout the zoo. Purchase Tickets

When: December 9th – January 1st

Time: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Where: San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

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Wild Holidays at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park: See the Safari Park in a whole new light! Embark on a joyous holiday expedition, and travel through places that glow and twinkle with seasonal cheer. Holiday tunes set the festive mood, and tasty seasonal treats will be available to tempt you throughout your journey. Purchase Tickets

When: November 24th – December 31st

Time: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027-9614

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Lightscape at San Diego Botanic Garden: Merging nature and art, the Garden will come to life at night with festive sights and sounds for all to enjoy. Purchase Tickets

When: November 17th – January 1st

Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: San Diego Botanic Garden 300 Quail Gardens Drive (off Ecke Ranch Road) Encinitas, CA 92024

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Light tunnel in botanical garden

Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Sights and Festive Night Tour: Hop aboard and ride a wave of holiday cheer! Elf conductors will share fun holiday facts and traditions as you enjoy the festive holiday lights of Old Town, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Balboa Park and more! Purchase Tickets

When: December 1st – 30th (closed Christmas Eve and Day)

Where: Old Town Market 4010 Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110

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“All That Jazz” Lightshow Spectacular: Experience a complimentary 10-minute light show set to music, occurring every 30 minutes. This brilliantly orchestrated ethereal display captivates guests, culminating in a mesmerizing finale of snow flurries. 

When: November 17th – January 7th

Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Every 30 minutes

Where: Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

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Enchanted Village: Experience the magic of the season as you walk through acres of brilliantly lit trees, magical cottages, light tunnels, live entertainers, hundreds of giant candy canes, over a million lights, interactive displays and other festive decorations. Purchase Tickets

When: December 15th – 22nd 

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Where: Noah Homes 12526 Campo Road, San Diego, CA 91978

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Start a new holiday tradition the whole family will cherish! Book your stay at San Diego Country Estates for an experience that guarantees you will discover the spirit of the holidays in San Diego!


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