Where to Find Christmas Lights in San Diego
No matter where you celebrate Christmas, Christmas light displays are a staple. It doesn’t quite feel like Christmas without passing lawns, houses, and parks covered with twinkling lights. San Diego is no exception. From San Diego proper to the surrounding areas like La Jolla or Mission Bay, you can find beautiful Christmas light displays that are sure to put you in a cheerful mood, excitedly looking forward to Christmas.
Located at the UTC, you can find a brilliant light display put on by The San Diego California Temple. There are nativity scenes, elaborate light displays, and live music to keep you entertained. This is the kind of light display you’ll want to wander through by foot, not simply drive past. And if you stay at The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, this light display is one of the closest to your room in town.
By day, The Forward House is a mortgage broker. By night — at least after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve — it’s a brilliant Christmas light display that’s sure to turn heads of anyone who passes by. This historic home, built in 1905 for then mayor of San Diego, John Forward, Sr., is covered in red bows, door wreaths, and most importantly, countless lights. They also play Christmas music to grace the ears of passers-by and keep the Christmas spirit going.
There are several reasons to visit SeaWorld this Christmas, but the lights are certainly a big one. You’ll find more than one million lights on display here, as well as a 40-foot tree — all lit up, of course. There are also a number of events specific to the occasion that are perfect for bringing kids or just anyone who loves to get into the Christmas spirit. There’s Cylde & Seamore’s Christmas Special, Dolphin Island Christmas, Rudolph’s Christmastown, and a nativity scene performed nightly from the perspective of the animals who were present.
If you want a light display that is truly unique to San Diego, you can find it here. The 48th annual San Diego parade of lights has two dates: December 8 and December 15. It’s a parade by boat, with yachts dressed in the most festive lights they can imagine. Anyone with a yacht can participate in the parade, provided they sign up first. Viewing the parade is free and open to the public, however. There’s a new theme every year to keep things interesting. This year, it’s Comic Con on the Bay.
Before you turn in from your light display excursion, check out some of the neighborhoods throughout La Jolla, like Bird Rock, Village, or La Jolla Shores. See some of the local homes have decked out in Christmas lights. Take a slow drive or a walk through the light displays and at the end of the night, enjoy the comfort of your room at The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla. Don’t forget, when you book with us directly, we’ll pricematch the cost your room plus a 5% discount. Book your room today!