[12 月] 聖誕節， 讓我們看燈去！
又到了萬家燈火慶耶誕的十二月了！ 美國的耶誕節，總是在冷冷的冬天裡，洋溢著暖暖的節慶氣氛， 其中我們最喜歡的活動之一， 就是去參觀住宅區的聖誕燈飾， 感受這種美國生活獨有的耶誕氣氛。
有些社區會全體動員， 家家戶戶卯足全力來裝飾， 很多還有主題呢～ 上面這張就是雪人家族
晚上不容易拍照， 又沒有用角架， 所以照片比較模糊些。 現場看起來的感覺真的很讚！
看出這家的主題嗎？ 是101 忠狗喔！ 真的很多大麥町的狗狗立牌在院子上呢
天啊～ 普通人家都只裝飾屋簷， 他們連屋頂上都裝滿了燈， 真的很熱鬧呀！ (這家的電費想必也粉貴....)
這張手比較不抖了， 總算拍得清楚一些。 想像實景， 會更過癮！ 聖誕老公公要從煙囪下去囉～
這一區有大概百戶以上的住家都會裝飾，是非常有名的聖誕燈區。聖誕節之前到樂園民宿住宿的樂客們， 有機會一定要去看看喔～ 如果時間許可， sunny 也能帶你們去參觀。
下面是 sunny 整理的全聖地牙哥地區的聖誕燈飾地點， 我們以前去過數個， 不過有些只有蓼蓼幾戶， 不值得大老遠開車去一趟， 可是有些地方， 即使只有一戶， 都不枉費跑一趟呢。 如果剛好住在聖地牙哥的朋友， 可以自行參考下面的資料， 前往參觀。
*2008 Map of Christmas Lights in San Diego
CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH, 92128
Fairway Village, west side of Stoney Gate
Pl. 65+ homes decorated. Dec. 19 to Dec. 26,
5:30-10:30 pm. On Dec. 19 experience “Holiday
Magic” and enjoy food, drinks and cookies from
CHULA VISTA, 91910, 91911, 91914, 91915
Eastlake Neighborhood. Off Otay Lakes Rd.,
Eastlake Pkwy & Wueste Rd. Homes for the Holidays
contest held Dec. 15. View the winners (listed on
www.eastlake.org) Dec. 15 to Dec. 31, 5-9 pm.
Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and
Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.”
Over 55 homes decorated. Dec. 13 to Dec. 26,
ALLIED GARDENS, 92120
7048 Hillsboro St. Off Waring and Princess
View. Dec. 13 to Dec. 26, 5:30-9 pm. Sit on Santas
lap and get a candy cane on Dec. 20.
Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave.
Circular street. Over 40 homes decorated. Dec. 13
to Dec. 27.
4670 Norwalk Ave. Off Clairemont Mesa Blvd./
Moraga Ave. Dec. 1 to Jan. 1, 6-10 pm, 11 pm
EAST SAN DIEGO, 92113
1523 48th St. Off Federal Blvd. & 48 St. Dec. 5 to
Dec. 28, 5-10 pm.
4641 Craigie St. Off Highway 94 and 47th.
Nicely decorated home. Dec. 1 to Dec. 31.
EL CAJON, 92021 - 這個就是我們每年必看的， 上面所有的照片都是在這區拍的。
Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights).
Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off
67 & Bradley. Dec. 5 to Dec. 26, Mon-Th 6-9 pm,
Fri-Sun 6-10 pm.
1838 El Pico Dr. Off Hacienda Dr. 45th year
of decorating the 20-ft. star over 100 ft. in air,
overlooking El Cajon valley. View it on the first
weekend of Dec. Also see a 55-ft. train. Dec. 13 to
Dec. 31, dusk to 10 pm.
1709 N. Elm St. Off Ash north, left on Peach, right
on Elm. Yard full of lights, moving train, snowman
and more fun things. Dec. 17 to Jan. 1, 5:30-9 pm.
LA MESA, 91941
7171 Cornell Ave. Off Harbinson. 1000s of
lights, numerous animation, miniature villages,
carnivals, zoo and trains. You will have to get out of
your car and walk entirely around the house to see
it all. Special new display in front yard. Dec. 13 to
Dec. 31, 5-9 pm.
LEMON GROVE, Lomita (San Diego)
689 Meadowbrook Dr. Off Jamacha Rd. South
of Lemon Grove. Many lights on home. Santa and
Mrs. Claus may be out to greet the week of Dec. 15
to Dec. 23, dusk to 10 pm.
12631 Stoutwood St. Off Twin Peaks Rd. &
Deerwood St. Nicknamed “The Griswolds.” Dec. 1
to Jan. 4, 5:30-10 pm weekdays, 11 pm weekends.
Hickory Crt./Hickory St., 12659
Butterwood Ct. and Rockrose Ct. All off
Twin Peaks Rd. & Silverset St. named “Candy Cane Courts.” Entire cul-de-sacs lit up. Dec. 6 to
Jan. 1, 6-9 pm.
RANCHO PENASQUITOS, 92129
Oviedo St. Off Black Mountain Rd.
“Christmas Card Lane.” Also enter off Twin
Trails Dr., Carmel Mountain Rd., (southwest
corner of the area). Ellingham St., Renato
St., Oviedo St., Twin Trails Dr., Barrymore
St., Rotherham Ave., Talca Ave., Talca Ct.,
Allenbrook Way, Davenport Ave., Amber Sky
Ln. Dec. 13 to Dec. 31, dusk-10 pm.
SAN CARLOS, 92119
Block of 7900 and 8000 Hillandale Dr.
Off Mission Gorge & Deerfield. Many lights plus
tree on top of home. Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, 5-9 pm.
SAN MARCOS, 92069
1639 Knob Hill. Off Nordahl Rd. Between
Tam O Shanter Dr. & Augusta Dr. Santa
will be out from 6:30-8 pm every evening
except Wednesdays from Dec. 12 to Dec. 23.
89,000+ lights, Disney characters and more.
Thanksgiving to Jan. 1, 5-9 pm.
660 Elm Tree Lane. Off Borden and
Mulberry Rose Ranch Rd. Beautifully decorated
home. Santa may be out on Saturdays. Nov. 23
to Jan. 1, 5:30-9 pm
9239 Lake Country Dr. Off Mast Blvd. Over
40,000 lights. Dec. 6 to Dec. 28, 5:30-10 pm.
Santa sleigh rides on Dec. 13, 14 & 20, weather
Sunburst Santee. Tomel Court, off Magnolia.
Many homes, Starlight Circle. Dec. 20 to Dec.
26, 7-10 pm.
5306 Belardo Dr. Off Via Valarta & Via Playa
De Cortes. 58,000 lights, many homemade
decorations, all sequenced and animated to
music. Tune to 89.7 FM radio to hear the lights
dance. Nov. 30 to Dec. 27, 5:30-10 pm.
1505 Roma Dr. corner of Lupine Hills
and Roma Dr. Inflatables, a 3-dimensional
gingerbread house, with matching
gingerbread children and 4-ft candy canes,
nearly two dozen homemade plywood cutouts
of Disney and other holiday characters. Nov.
29 to Dec. 31, Sun-Th 6-10 pm, Fri-Sat 6 pm -midnight.
Commercial Holiday Lights Displays
Anderson Farms/Victoria’s Gardens - 這家離樂園民宿僅有 2 miles
13120 Willow Rd., Lakeside. One mile off
Highway 67, east. 2 1/2 areas of lighted
wonderland. Over 100 life-sized items + $2
lighted hayrides (4-7 pm) and 50,000+ lights.
Nov. 21 to Dec 24, 10 am-7 pm. 619-390-
Chula Vista Downtown
E St. to G St.: Downtown Holiday Lights, Dec. 2
to Jan. 1. On Dec. 6: Tree Lighting Ceremony,
5 pm, Festival of Lights Starlight Parade from H
St. to E St., 6 pm. www.chulavistaevents.com.
Del Mar Fairgrounds Holiday of Lights
Jimmy Durante Blvd./Via De La Valle. Off Highway
5. Animated holiday lights. Nov. 27 to Jan. 4,
Sun.-Thurs, 5:30-10 pm; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-11 pm; $14/
vehicle (up to 5 people), $19/van or car (6 or
more), $49/bus. 858-755-1161. www.sdfair.com.
Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. Tree in the lobby is
beautifully decorated plus 100,000 lights illuminate
the resort. Lighting of the tree outside Dec. 3, 5:00
pm. Lit til Jan. 2. 619-522-8490. www.hoteldel.com.
Mission Bay Christmas Boat - 海灣上的聖誕船
Parade of Lights
Dec. 13. Starts at 7 pm. Over 100 vessels. Begins
on Quivira Basin and ends with fireworks at 9 pm.
Oceanside Parade of Lights
Harbor Dr. N./Harbor Dr., Christmas Parade
around inner Oceanside Harbor from the
Oceanside Yacht Club. Dec. 13, 7 pm.
Quail Botanical Gardens
(Garden of Lights)
230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 90,000+ lights
illuminating the plants and trees. Dec. 11-23 and
Dec. 26-30, 5-9 pm. Different activities nightly.
Admission: Adults $10, children 3-12 $3.
Rady Children’s Hospital
3020 Children’s Way, San Diego, off Hwy 163.
Dec. 8 to Jan 1. www.rchsd.org.
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Boat Light Parade
Shelter Island Dr./Rosecrans - San Diego
Downtown Waterfront. Dec. 14 & Dec. 21.
Fireworks, 5:30 pm then parade til 9 pm. Starts
off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and
ends at the Navy Carrier Base.
San Diego Downtown Tour of Lights
Downtown offices, hotel lobbies and storefronts
decorated for the holidays. Nov. 27 to Jan. 1.
San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park
Festival of Lights
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. Dec.
13-23, Dec. 26-30 and Jan 2-3, 5-9 pm. Lights,
crafts and snow. Several larger-than-life light
features. 12 and up $34, 3-11 $24, 2 & under
Storefront Decorating Contest in LaJolla
Vote for your favorite La Jolla storefront
decorations. Five categories, go to
www.ljparade.com. Nov. 21 to Dec. 5.
Victorian Mansion/The Forward House
108 Ivy St., corner of First and Ivy, San Diego.
Nov. 27 to Dec. 31, 5-9 pm. See Santa on Dec.
12 from 5-8 pm. 619-533-7900.
Where to See Christmas Lights in San Diego
Here is a listing of some of the best places to go see holiday light displays in San Diego.
RESIDENTIAL HOLIDAY DISPLAYS
Coronado - Cross the Coronado bridge and you are in a totally different world. It is in fact a small "island" town set in San Diego Bay. The whole city is a mere 7.4 square miles in size and there are only two ways in and two ways out - the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and the City of Imperial Beach to the south by State Highway 75. Coronado is one of our favorite areas to go holiday light hunting every year. Why? Because the people of Coronado go all out in getting into the Christmas spirit. Many of the older homes are very large and can take lots of lights. Peer pressure from the neighbors must factor in Coronado because so many homes are decorated to the nines.
Chula Vista's Candy Cane Lane - Chula Vista is the county's second largest city and Candy Cane Lane is one of the shortest streets in the County that carries the most Christmas punch. Chula Vista is located seven miles south of downtown San Diego and seven miles north of the world's busiest international border crossing along the I-5 and the I-805. Take our advice and head south on the I-5, exit on H Street, and head east. Take notice of the cars that start slowing down as they approach Fourth Avenue - they are probably turning right and there are probably traffic officers present trying to manage the flow of cars that stream in and out this street every year. Candy Cane Lane seems to get more and more decorated each year and we thank the homeowners for doing such an amazing job every year.
Another new addition to Chula Vista is Chula Vista's Christmas Circle which is worth a look-see, especially if the traffic getting to Candy Card Lane drives you crazy. Christmas Circle is located on Whitney Street and Mankato Street. These two streets form a loop which provides for easy viewing. The area is located between First and Second Avenue off H Street.
Mission Hills - Located in the hills above Old Town, Mission Hills is a neighborhood of stately craftsman homes dating back to the early 20th century. Quite a number of these beautiful homes have been designated as historically significant homes. Kate Sessions, planner of Balboa Park, started the Mission Hills Nursery a century ago (which sells Christmas trees this time of year). This is a great place to drive around to see the lights because the streets are windy and are void of traffic. Many of the homes are lit up for the holidays as are a number of the skyline trees that soar above the palm trees that line the major streets.
Kensington - One of San Diego's oldest and most charming residential neighborhoods, Kensington is situated north of El Cajon Boulevard and east of Interstate 15 above the south rim of Mission Valley. Like Mission Hills, Kensington is known for its winding streets and beautiful homes. Many of the Kensington homes are Spanish-style and quite a number of them have not changed their appearance in decades. A very nice thing about Kensington is that the neighborhood has its own center of Commerce along Adams Avenue. All the shops are located under or the neon Kensington sign. Imagine yourself stopping into Kensington to take in an independent movie at the Ken Theatre, having some dinner at Ponce's Mexican Restaurant, and then driving around some of the streets to see the beautifully decorated homes. Follow Adams Avenue east of the Kensington sign to Van Dyke. Pass through the intersection of Van Dyke and Adams. It would be hard to miss the lights of this neighborhood. We tip our hats to all of the neighbors for stringing up all those lights!
South Park/Burlingame - South Park and Burlingame are two communities that are geographically close but are separated by the urban canyons that criss-cross this older part of San Diego. South Park is a friendly residential community that lies between North Park at Juniper Street and Golden Hill at A Street. Bordered on the west by Balboa Park, South Park boasts beautiful vistas and classic California Craftsman style homes that have been getting better with a conscious effort of homeowners to preserve the past. Many of the homeowners are proud of their homes and do their very best to deck their halls with classy light displays. Burlingame is a residential community that is known for its pink concrete sidewalks - you know you are in Burlingame when you start seeing the pink sidewalks! Burlingame has a charming tradition of uniting various neighbors on certain streets to make a block holiday display.
Point Loma - Point Loma is one of the oldest and one of the wealthiest communities of San Diego. Blessed with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and views of both Downtown and America's Cup Harbor to the east, Point Loma is one of the area's most desirable communities. People from all types of backgrounds have settled in Point Loma and each of these communities bring their special kind of taste for holiday displays with them. One constant theme in Point Loma is maritime and seafaring. Many retired military people live here as do many retired Portuguese fishermen. Their homes' holiday displays are big, nautical, and always full of Christmas spirt. Point Loma is a very large community with many different types of housing styles so there will be areas that have displays and others that do not. Just keep driving around. One street that is particularly impressive is Garrison off of Catalina Boulevard. This is the kind of street that people get out of the cars and walk around because the displays are so awesome.
La Jolla - La Jolla is a beautiful part of San Diego that always sets itself apart from the City because it can. It is a beautiful place that is quite unlike anything else in San Diego. The beach surrounds this lovely community and the homeowners take full advantage of this fact. Many of San Diego's wealthiest people live here and their holiday displays demonstrate that level of wealth. La Jolla sits west of I-5, going from Torrey Pines State Reserve in the north to the hills of Pacific Beach in the south. The Village of La Jolla is located in the middle of it all and this is the place where they have their annual Christmas Parade. The Village is a great place to walk around, do some shopping, get something to eat, go look at the ocean, and then get in the car to go do a drive-by to see the lovely lights.
Clairemont - Like Rancho Penasquitos, Clairemont is a community in the City of San Diego that is home to many families. Some locals may wonder why we have included this area since it is not known as being a ritzy area. However, Clairemont puts on the glitz when it comes to Christmas. In fact, over 40 homes get into the act and decorate their homes in a big way. Best of all, the homes are located on a circular drive. Go to Lana Drive and Jamar just off Mt. Abernathy Avenue to see this great light display.
Rancho Penasquitos - Located in the northern area of the City of San Diego, Rancho Penasquitos is home to many, many families. Christmas Card Lane, started with 15 families in 1985. Since that time, over 200 families have gotten into the holiday lighting act! The organizers of Christmas Card Lane have one request. Park your car and walk around so that you can take a Christmas stroll, sip hot chocolate, munch on and baked goods, and listen to Christmas carols. This community is so organized that they even rent out a horse drawn carriage. Now, that's service! Christmas Card Lane is located on Oviedo Street, just off Black Mountain Road. The entire area includes Twin Trails, Carmel Mountain Road, Ellingham Street, Renato Street, Oviedo Street, Twin Trails Drive, Barrymore Street, Totherham Avenue, Talca Avenue, Talca Court, Allenbrook Way, Davenport Avenue, and last but not leat, Amber Sky Lane.
Poway - Located in a beautiful part of San Diego County, Poway does its very best to keep the beauty of nature in, and the urban pollution out. There are parts of this city that are more rural in nature and many streets that we have yet to explore. Consider driving north on the I-15 to get to Poway and make a pit stop at 12631 Stoutwood Street. The house is located off of Twin Peaks Road & Deerwood Street. We hear that this display has earned its nickname: "The Griswolds."
San Marcos - San Marcos sure has grown since it became a city not that long ago. This North County Inland city has specific areas that shine the holiday lights the brightest. "Christmas on Knob Hill" is one of the largest residential light displays in San Diego County. With hundreds of lighted characters, over 80,000 Christmas lights and thousands of feet of electrical wiring, "Christmas on Knob Hill" rivals many other community's attempts to knock the Christmas socks off of you. We hear that even Santa himself makes a special trip to check out the lighting display. He makes a two-week appearance before Christmas every night from 6-8pm, except for Wednesdays. This North County favorite is located at 1639 Knob Hill, just off Nordahl Rd. between Tam O'Shanter Dr. and Augusta Dr. Check the map for directions.
La Mesa - Many locals know that La Mesa is the graciou host of the annual Oktoberfest, but it is also home to Bob's Christmas Wonderland in La Mesa. The house is located at 7171 Cornell Avenue. This one-of-a-kind residential display features trains, animated lawn decorations, and to top it all off, a miniature drive-in theater playing "Disney's Magical Christmas." The wonderful thing about Bob's Christmas Wonderland is that Bob uses the event to collect nonperishable food donations from all the people who come by to see his amazing decorations. Bob also provides visitors with hot chocolate, apple cider and fresh popcorn. All he asks in return is for visitors to bring one canned food item each to be donated to the Salvation Army. We couldn't think of a better cause.
El Cajon - 這就是我們去看的地區
Just east of La Mesa, El Cajon gets into the holiday spirit in a big way. Afte visiting Bob's Christmas Wonderland in La Mesa, head over to La Mesa's Jingle Bell Hill. Please note this display is also known as Pepper Drive Lights. In either case, this display is located in a quaint neighborhood that just happens to take the joy of Christmas very seriously. Jingle Bell Hill is located on Solomon Avenue and Pegeen Place. It can be reached off the SR-67, exiting on Bradley. Please see the map for more details.
Holiday of Lights at Del Mar from November 27 - January 1, 2009 - Get yourself in a festive mood at the 2008 Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
The Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a spectacular drive-through light show and exhibit, themed for the holiday season, with more than 400 crowd-pleasing, family-oriented displays. The displays are organized into themes, which include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play.
Visitors view the lighted and animated holiday creations from the comfort of their vehicles as they drive along a 1.5-mile route through the Fairgrounds while enjoying festive holiday music. It takes most visitors 15-20 minutes to complete one trip around the route and view all of the displays.
Times of Operation:
- Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30 to 10pm
- Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 to 11pm
2008 Admission Prices:
- $14.00 per car, up to 5 people
- $19.00 per vehicle, 6 or more people
- $49.00 per bus
- Because of safety concerns, motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles are not permitted to tour Holiday of Lights.
SeaWorld Christmas Events 2008 - SeaWorld always lights up its Sky Tower for the holiday season. They also transform the popular park into one big nighttime wonderland. Sea World gets into the spirit of Christmas by offering its guests seasonal Christmas activities, a very special Shamu Holiday Night Show, strolling carolers, holiday animals and other fun activities.
The dates for the special nights are:
- November 28-30
- December 6-7
- December 13-14
- December 20-31
San Diego Wild Animal Park Festival of Lights 2008 - From December 6 to December 30, 2008, your admission to the San Diego Wild Animal Park will also get you into their very special annual Festival of Lights and related holiday activities.
Holiday activities include finding Santa with his safari friends, seasonal storytellers, and best of all for Southern Californians, a snow hill to slide down for the kiddies. The nights are usually more chilly in the San Pasqual Valley area, so please bring your jackets and sweaters.
This is the last year for the Festival of Lights at the Wild Animal Park which is too bad. However, the Festival will be moved to the San Diego Zoo in 2009.
Quail Botanical Garden of Lights 2008- This annual botanical lighting event goes from December 11 -- 23 and December 26 -- 30, 2008 from 5 -- 9 pm. At sunset, Encinitas' beautiful Quail Botanical's Gardens are transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland with over 90,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden displays.
In addition to walking around the gardens and being awed by the light displays, other activities will include horse-drawn-wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, live music, hot mulled wine, and refreshments.
Admission: Members, Seniors, Military & Students $6; non-members $10. Children 3--12 $3. There will be additional fees for some activities.
Downtown San Diego - Don't think downtown gets into the act? Sure it does! From the green rings of The Westin on Broadway to the elegant displays at the U.S. Grant and the Westgate, downtown does its best to show off its holiday spirit. Many of the downtown buildings will decorate the top of their buildings with some kind of holiday color - why even City Hall gets into the act and hangs a string of lights around its exterior. Naturally, the shopping mecca in downtown, Horton Plaza, is always decked out for the holidays and it is a great place to walk around and do some last minute shopping. Many of the downtown restaurants decorate their interiors and exteriors with considerable flair - one of our favorite restaurant displays is Dobson's near Horton Plaza.
Mission Valley - Yes, Mission Valley's malls are decorated but did you know that some of the most decorated commercial buildings are its many hotels? The Red Lion, formerly the Hanalei, is usually dripping with lights during the holidays and the Mission Valley Hilton, usually every year, is somehow able to get JOY spelled out in its hotel room windows facing the I-8. As of our last check, this year, the hotel has not set up the lighting, but keep a look out.
Bazaar del Mundo - Just on the eastern side of Old Town sits the wonderful property of Diane Powers that oozes holiday charm this time of year. This is a great collection of small shops that not only offer a beautiful display of Christmas or Navidad displays but also a great place to do some holiday shopping. The Bazaar is located on Taylor Street and Juan Street - look for the Casa Guadalajara restaurant at the corner; the Bazaar is just behind it.
Liberty Station - The old Naval Training Center is buzzing with people now that the new Vons and the new Panera have opened up next to the Trader Joe's, the Starbucks, and the Cold Stone Creamery. Now is a particularly great time to go take a drive through Liberty Station because it has been decked out for the holidays. It seems that every decorative lamp post has a holiday wreath on it (and there are MANY of them) and combined with the beautiful restoration of the historic buildings - well, the effect is beautiful. This is a great place to go in Point Loma when you are not quite sure what to do with either the kids or yourselves and just want to walk around and see something different.