by LAINEY KRAL

Winter Lights

As the weather turns colder, San Diegans pull boxes out of storage and get ready to brighten up the winter season. The tradition of decorating homes with electric lights began taking off in the 1960s as a next step from decorated Christmas trees, and has since spread around the world. Colorful holiday and seasonal decorations can be found in most San Diegan neighborhoods, but some streets stand out for their over-the-top festive displays. Wait until the sun goes down and bring the whole family for a tour of one – or more – of these twinkling destinations.

LOCAL LIGHTS

Carlsbad
Santa’s Mailbox
6646 Elegant Tern Pl.
Dec. 3 – 25
5 – 10 p.m.

The Carlsbad Christmas House
7607 Romeria St.
Dec. 4 – 31
5 – 9 p.m.

2329 Snead Dr.
Dec. 5 – 31
5:30 – 9 p.m.

Carmel Mountain Ranch
Fairway Village at Stoney Gate Pl.
Dec. 10 – Jan. 1
5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Poway
The Griswolds
12631 Stoutwood St.
Dec. 1 – Jan. 1
5:30 – 10 p.m.

Candy Cane Courts
Hickory Ct., 12659 Butterwood Ct., and Rockrose Ct.
Dec. 10 – 24
6 – 9 p.m.

Rancho Peñasquitos
Christmas Card Lane
Oviedo St.
Dec. 11 – Dec. 31
Dusk – 10 p.m.

San Marcos
Christmas on Knob Hill
1639 Knob Hill
Nov. 24 – Dec. 30
5 – 9 p.m.

Scripps Ranch
Merry-tage Court
Stonebridge Pkwy. & Merritage Ct.
Dec. 1 – 31
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Vista
1505 Roma Dr.
Nov. 26 – Dec. 31
Sunday – Thursday: 6 – 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m. – Midnight


COMMERCIAL DISPLAYS

Gaslamp for the Holidays
www.gaslamp.org

Hotel Del Coronado
www.hoteldel.com

LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days
www.legoland.com

San Diego Botanic Garden’s Garden of Lights
www.sdbgarden.org

San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells
www.sandiegozoo.org

SeaWorld Christmas Tree of Lights
www.seaworld.com