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Holiday Lights Guide

Ioana Patringenaru | December 18, 2006

USS Thach (FFG 43) at 32nd St. Naval Station San Diego (Photo / PO1 Charles P. Cavanaugh, U.S. Navy)

Two weeks ago, we asked our readers to pinpoint the best holiday lights displays in their neighborhood. They responded with suggestions from all over San Diego County, from Chula Vista to Encinitas.

Chula Vista
Chula Vista’s Christmas Circle celebrates its 49th anniversary this year. You can walk or drive by spectacular displays on Whitney and Mankato Streets between First and Second Avenues, south of H Street. From Interstate 5, exit at H Street, heading west. Make a left onto First Avenue, then a right onto Mankato. Map

Marisa Lane is the place to go to see holiday lights in Encinitas. The nearest cross street is 11th Street, off Rancho Santa Fe Road. From Interstate 5, exit east on Encinitas Boulevard, then make a left, heading north onto Rancho Santa Fe Road, then make a left onto 11th Street and a right onto Marisa Lane. Map

La Jolla
There is a huge house with Christmas lights on Torrey Pines Road, right after Prospect Street. If you’re coming from the east, there are some houses before Prospect and some smaller displays on La Jolla Boulevard.  From Interstate 5, take the La Jolla Parkway exit, heading west. Stay on La Jolla Parkway, which will become Torrey Pines Road. Prospect Street will be on your right. To get to La Jolla Boulevard, turn right on Pearl Street, which dead-ends into La Jolla Boulevard. Map

One house on Pioneer Way in Jamul can be seen across the valley. The nearest cross street is Proctor Valley Road.  To get there, take Highway 94 east to Jamul, turn right onto Proctor Valley Road at Simpson's Nursery then follow the double yellow line for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Pioneer Way. The house is several hundred yards up the road on the left, but you can see it from Proctor Valley Road. Map

Pacific Beach
In sparsely decorated Pacific Beach, one of our readers has found one block where the Christmas spirit – and holiday lights – are plentiful: Lamont Street at Law Street. From Interstate 5, exit on Garnet Avenue, heading west. Make a right onto Lamont Street. Map

Point Loma
This neighborhood really knows how to go all out, one reader wrote about Garrison Street in Point Loma. The cross street is Chatsworth. To get there: take Interstate 8 heading west towards Nimitz Boulevard, turn left onto Nimitz, then turn right onto Chatsworth, then left onto Garrison. Map

Rancho Penasquitos
In Rancho Penasquitos, Oviedo Street is known as Christmas Card Lane – most of the homes feature bigger than life Christmas cards, animated figures and sometimes even a brass quartet playing carols.  From Interstate 5, take the 56 freeway, exit heading north on Black Mountain Road, make a left on Oviedo Street.  Best enjoyed when you park, and walk the several blocks of decorated homes. Map

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