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San Diego Holiday Light Display Locations

Holiday lights in San Diego

 

A great way to celebrate the holidays is to visit some of the tremendous holiday light displays throughout San Diego County.  Here is a list below, kindly supplied by Kurt Stuber at Fidelity National Title.

 

 

Residential Locations

ALLIED GARDENS, 92120

7048 Hillsboro St. Off Waring and Princess View. Dec. 10-24, dusk-10 pm.

CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH, 92128

Fairway Village, east and west side of Stoney Gate Pl. 85+ homes decorated. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-10:30 pm. Neighborhood Block Party on Dec. 17 with food, entertainment, Santa, musicians, carolers and more from 6-10 p.m.

CHULA VISTA, 91910, 91911, 91914, 91915

Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 55+ homes decorated. Dec. 10-26,5-10 pm.

CLAIREMONT, 92117

Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off  Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. 40+ homes deco-rated. Dec. 10-27. 4670 Norwalk Ave. Off Clairemont Mesa Blvd./Moraga Ave. Dec. 11-Jan. 1,7-10 pm, weekends7-11 pm.

EAST SAN DIEGO, 92113

1523 48th St. Off Federal Blvd. & 48 St. Dec. 4-24, 5-10 pm. 4641 Craigie St. Off Highway 94 and 47th. Dec. 10-24, dusk-10 pm.

EL CAJON, 92021

Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights). Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 & Bradley. “Celebrating the Reason” theme. Dec. 9-26, Mon-Th 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun 6-10 pm. 11456 Pegeen Pl. “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme, complete with Jack, Sally, Zero, the Mayor & Oogie Boogie. Dec. 5-26, Mon-Th 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun 6-10 pm. 1838 El Pico Dr. Off  Hacienda Dr. 48th year of decorating the 20-ft. star over 100 ft. in air, overlooking El Cajon valley from Nov. 27-Dec. 31. Also see a 55-ft. train. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.

LOMITA, 92114 (near Lemon Grove)

689 Meadowbrook Dr. Off Jamacha Rd. South of Lemon Grove. Dec. 8-Jan. 1, dusk-10 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus may be out from Dec. 17-23.

POWAY, 92064

12631 Stoutwood St. Off Twin Peaks Rd. & Deerwood St. Nicknamed “The Griswolds.” Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-10 pm week-days, 11 pm weekends. Hickory Ct./Hickory St., 12659 Butterwood Ct. and Rockrose Ct. All off Twin Peaks Rd. & Silverset St. named “Candy Cane Courts.” Entire cul-de-sacs are lit up. Dec. 10-24,6-9 pm.

RANCHO PEÑASQUITOS, 92129

Oviedo St. Off Black Mountain Rd. “Christmas Card Lane.” Also enter off  Twin Trails Dr. & Carmel Mountain Rd. EllinghamSt., Renato St., OviedoSt., Twin Trails Dr., Barrymore St., Rotherham Ave., Talca Ave., Talca Ct., Allenbrook Way, Daven-port Ave., Amber Sky Ln. Dec. 11-31, dusk-10 pm.

SAN CARLOS, 92119

6296 Lake Arrowhead Dr. Between Dallas & Lake Murray. Lights, Santa Claus, animated window scenes. Dec. 5-27, dusk-10 pm. Block of 7900 and 8000 Hillandale Dr. Off Mission Gorge & Deerfield. Dec. 1-31,5-9 pm.

SAN MARCOS, 92069

1639 Knob Hill. Off  Nordahl Rd. Between Tam O’ Shanter Dr. & Augusta Dr. 23rd year of decorating. 90,000+ lights plus Carnival, North Pole and Santa’s WildAnimal Park themes. Nov. 24-Dec. 30,5-9 pm. See Santa from 6:30-8 pm from Dec. 10-23. http://www.ChristmasOnKnobHill.com

SANTEE, 92071

Sunburst Santee. Tomel Court, off  Magnolia. Many homes, Starlight Circle. Dec. 17-26, 7-10 pm. 9835 Pebble Beach Dr. Displays on house and yard set up to music. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.

SERRA MESA/MISSION VILLAGE, 92123

2621 Raymell Dr. Yard decorated like Christmas Town from “A Nightmare Before Christmas”. Dec.10-30, dusk-10 pm. 2133 Seagull Ln. Horse & carriage, doe, tree & gifts. Dec. 10-24, dusk-10 pm.

TIERRASANTA, 92124

5306 Belardo Dr. Off  Via Valarta & Via Playa Del Cortes. 95,000 lights, including many homemade decorations, all sequenced and animated to music. Tune radio to 89.7 FM to hear the lights dance. Nov. 26-Dec. 26, 5:30-10 pm.www.belardolights.com 11626 Papagallo Ct. Off Colina Dorado or Calle De Vida. “Thomas the Tank Train Engine” theme. Dec. 3-30, 6-10 pm. 10927 Baroque Lane. A “North Pole” themed Christmas featuring a 20-ft lighted Santa and aChristmasVillage. Dec. 9-28,6-9:30 pm.

VISTA, 92081

1 505 Roma Dr., corner of Lupine Hills and Roma Dr. Inflatable’s and over two 2 dozen homemade plywood cutouts of Disney and other holiday characters. Nov. 26- Dec. 31, Sun-Th6-10pm, Fri-Sat6 pm-midnight.

Commercial Holiday Light Displays

Del Mar Fairgrounds Holiday of Lights

Jimmy Durante Blvd./Via De La Valle. Off Highway 5. Animated holiday lights. Nov. 24-Jan. 1, Sun.-Thurs, 5:30-10 pm; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10:30 pm.Closed Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12. $14/vehicle (up to 5 people), $19/van or car (6 or more), $49/bus. 858-755-1161. http://www.sdfair.com., www.holidayoflights.com.

Gaslamp for the Holidays Downtown San Diego. http://www.gaslamp.org.

Hotel del Coronado

1500 Orange Ave. Tree in the lobby is beautifully decorated plus 100,000 lights illuminate the resort from Nov. 30-Jan. 1. Lighting of the tree outside Nov. 30, 4-7 pm. 619-522-8490. http://www.hoteldel.com.

LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days

Real snow! Snowball targets, build a snowman with LEGO accessories, see holiday LEGO displays. Nov. 19-Jan. 2. Nightly tree lighting at 5 pm, Dec. 1-24. Nightly fireworks, Dec. 26-31. 760-918-5346. http://www.legoland.com.

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Over 100 vessels. Begins on Quivira Basin. Dec. 10, starts at7 pm, fireworks at 9 pm. 858-488-0501. http://www.missionbayparadeoflights.org.

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Boats decorated in holiday lights circle Oceanside Harbor.  Sponsored by the Oceanside Yacht Club. Dec. 10,7 pm.760-722-5751.

San Diego Bay Boat Parade of Lights

40th Anniversary, “Back to the Future” theme. Dec. 11 & Dec. 18. Fireworks,5:30 pm then parade til9 pm. Starts off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Ferry Landing, Coronado. http://www.sdparadeoflights.org.

San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights”

230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 100,000+ lights illuminating the plants and trees. Dec. 8-23 and Dec. 26-30,5-9 pm. Nutcracker ex-hibit, marshmallow roasting, live music, kid crafts. Adults, $12, children 3-12, $4. 760-436- 3036. http://www.SDBGarden.org.

San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells

Balboa Park. Dec. 11-23, Dec. 25-Jan. 2. Lighted animal figures, bell ringers, nightly tree-lighting ceremony, “Night Before Christmas” interactive show. 619-231-1515. http://www.sandiegozoo.org.

Sea World Christmas Tree of Lights

The Skytower lights will sparkle after dark. Nightly a t6 pm.Weekends Nov. 19-Dec. 11, daily Dec. 17-Jan. 1. http://www.seaworld.com.

Victorian Mansion/The Forward House

108 Ivy St., corner of First and Ivy, downtown San Diego. Nov. 24-Jan.1,5-10 pm. See Santa on the roof on Dec. 16 from5:30-8:30 pm.619-533-7900. 

For information on buying or selling in any these great San Diego areas, just give me a call!  Happy Holidays!

Marti Kilby

619.846.9249

marti@kilby.com

 

All times and dates subject to change.

 

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Home Depot DIY 

 

 

OK. I’m admittedly a bit of an HGTV junkie, and I personally love painting, refinishing furniture, sewing  and gardening. But, have you noticed that for some folks DIY home projects are just about as successful as DIY dentistry or representing yourself in court?

Just because you own the tool, doesn’t mean you should use it.  Let’s start with a chop saw. You want to install crown molding, but somehow figuring the miter cut involves math and angles that were obviously discussed that week you were absent in 7th grade. Walk away from the saw. Do not nail those pieces of molding to your walls and then patch all of the corners where the wood doesn’t meet.

Faux finish is a faux pas.  No matter what the brochure indicates, results are not typical. Dapping paint and layered finishes on your wall with a sea sponge is probably not a good idea unless you actually have a few artistic bones in your body.

Color me wonderful!  Who doesn’t like color? Hosting the entire rainbow in your 3 bedroom house might seem like fun, but when selling, the purple bedroom and red bathroom have to go.

So you don’t want to color within the lines.  Love your sense of expression and freedom, but please don’t pick up a paint brush! Wall paint should be on the walls; ceiling paint on the ceilings; trim paint on the trim; no paint should be on the floor. These little paint groups shouldn’t get together. They really like to have their own place. And oh, one coat is not enough.

New flooring can change the look of your home.  Yep. And I know that the tile in the entry isn’t quite level and the laminate in the family room has a little gap around the edges. Probably not a big deal though.

Love your attempt at curb appeal.  However, the plants are not happy to be lined up like little soldiers in straight rows parallel to your house and sidewalk.  Those annuals are also concerned about your plans for when they pass on…..

Do I sound mean?  Yes! I am!  That’s because I want to sell your home, not make excuses for it!  Do I believe that people can learn to improve their DIY project skills with practice? Absolutely, but please, not while trying to sell your home. When in doubt, call a professional. Stay away from Home Depot. Trust me; it’s cheaper in the long run.