Del Mar Holiday of Lights Drive Through  Light Display

at San Diego County Fairgrounds Through Jan. 3, 2010



Holiday of Lights at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA. Cost: $14/car


Del Mar, California -- Families and friends can fill up their cars for a pleasure ride through a wonderland of colorful light displays that create fantasy scenes during the holiday season. Santa rides on a sleigh through the sky as a dinosaur munches on grass next to a palm tree decked with decorative lights. This is just a sampling of the themes on display this holiday in Del Mar's Holiday of Lights.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds
Interstate 5 at Via de la Valle
Enter the Fairgrounds at the Main Lot on Jimmy Durante Boulevard

2009 Prices:

$14 per car, up to 5 people
(Buy discount tickets for $12.00 at San Diego County Albertsons|Sav-on stores)
$19 per vehicle, 6 or more people
$49 per bus
$10 per person for the Holiday Hayride (Ages 3 and younger ride free; hayride includes the Holiday of Lights tour, hot chocolate or cider and a holiday cookie.)
Operation of Holiday of Lights during inclement weather: 858-793-5555.


Because of safety concerns, motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles are not permitted to tour Holiday of Lights. If you want to ride a two-wheel vehicle such as a bicycle, visit  Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Griffith Park Light Festival in Griffith Park.


One of the nation's largest drive-through light displays attracts cars and people in the hundreds of thousands. Even after Christmas has ended, you can still get in your car and see the display through the new year.  Themed areas of the drive-through event include places such as Candy Cane Lane, the Twelve Days of Christmas, Elves at Play, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, and Del Mar Racetrack. In fact the event is located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds where the racetrack hosts numerous horse races each season.


But on the special night you enter into your fantasy flight, from the comfort of a car you'll see twinkling displays accompanied to themed music. Of course you have to roll down your window as you drive along the 1.5 mile route to listed to the sounds of Christmas. Since the weather is generally mild and seldom drops below the 50s to 60s at night, you'll be just fine with a coat on as you cruise through the San Diego County wonderland.


Transformed from its regular venue as one of the busiest and best-attended county fairs in the nation, Del Mar is the home of the San Diego Fair held annually in June / July. The fairground sits just across from a beach and the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the finest fairs and events to attend, thanks to those cool ocean breezes and fantastic weather San Diego is recognized as having.



NEW for 2009:  Holiday Hayride tour of the Holiday of Lights the old-fashioned way!
When: Fridays: Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18, every half hour, 5:30 to 8:30PM.
Where: Wagons depart from the Paddock, where carolers and fire pits for roasting marshmallows will entertain you before you board the ride and after you return.
Santa's Pub and Piano Bar, also at the Paddock during Holiday Hayride hours, is a great place for a company or group happy hour.

Seating on the Holiday Hayride is limited, so it is important to buy your ticket in advance. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster and the Fairgrounds Box Office, 858-792-4252. Note: if you order through Ticketmaster, please use the drop-down menu under "Section" to choose your boarding time.



Drive through light displays in California require much orchestration in terms of traffic. Other drive through areas you may want to check out include the Holiday Lights display in Los Angeles - Griffith Park, Altadena Christmas Tree Lane, and Oxnard's Historic Homes District Christmas Tree Lane.


DEL MAR - Holiday of Lights. Largest animated drive-through light show on the west coast features more than 400 twinkling displays at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Event runs nightly through Jan. 4, 2009.  Time:  Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Cost: $14/ car up to 5 people; $19/ vehicle of 6 or more people; $49/ bus. Location: The Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA. Call: (858) 755-1161.


Also be sure to visit one of the finest fairs in the United States, the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar


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