Hidden San Diego


Christmas Card Lane (Rancho Peñasquitos): Oviedo Street, just off of Black Mountain Road. Apparently, the people of Rancho Peñasquitos know a thing or two about happy holidays. Over the years, Christmas Card Lane has grown to include some 200 families, lighting up the area surrounding Oviedo Street and turning it into a twinkling Christmas paradise. From dusk to 10 p.m. nightly through the end of the month. Map

Candy Cane Lane (Poway) Hickory Court, Hickory Street - off Twin Peaks Road and Silverset St. Also Includes Butterwood Ct. and Rockrose Ct. Named "Candy Cane Lane", the entire cul-de-sac is lit up Dec. 3 through Jan.1, 6 to 9 pm . Map

Starlight Circle (Santee): Take Tomel Court off of North Magnolia Avenue to West Glendon Circle. The folks in Santee go big when they deck the halls each year and transform their neighborhood into "Starlight Circle." Bright lights, colorful displays, Nativity scenes and Santa's reindeer are just part of the elaborate decorations lighting up the streets 7-10 p.m. through Dec. 26.

Holiday Hill (La Mesa): 8065 Stadler St. Several homes on Stadler Street participate in the annual Holiday Hill display featuring lights, decorations, icicles, animated displays, music and candy cane giveaways. Holiday Hill may not be the biggest display, but it's got a lot of heart, attention to detail and entertainment value. From dusk to 10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1—or longer—according to homeowner Nick Wagner.  Map

Bob's Christmas Wonderland (La Mesa): 7171 Cornell Ave. In the past, Bob's Christmas Wonderland has featured over-the-top animated decorations, trains and even a mini drive-in theater. Bob offers hot cocoa, cider and popcorn and, in return, asks visitors to donate a canned food item for his Salvation Army holiday food drive. Not a bad deal.

Jingle Bell Hill (El Cajon): Solomon Avenue and Pageen Place. This is one neighborhood that reportedly really understands the true meaning of Christmas—lights, lights and more lights. A holiday tradition for more than two decades, Jingle Bell Hill attracts thousands of visitors each year. From 6-9 p.m. weekdays, and 6-10 p.m. weekends through New Year's Day. Map

Mount Helix Patch Editor Eric Yates reports the neighborhood on Moorpark Street off of Sweetwater Springs Boulevard has been turned into a winter wonderland.  No hours available, but like most areas homeowners turn on their lights at sundown.

Christmas Circle (Chula Vista): Whitney Street and Mankato Street. A scaled-down version of the grand "Candy Cane Lane" of past years, Christmas Circle has also gained a name for its beautiful displays and abundant lights 5-10 p.m. through Dec. 26.

(Clairemont) Lana Dr. & Jamar - off Mt. Abernathy Ave., Dec. 10 through Dec. 25. Over 40 homes decorated on this circular street.

(Point Loma) Wildwood Lane-photos shown below  Map

(Carmel Mountain Ranch) Fairway Village, west side of Stoney Gate Pl. 85+ homes decorated. Dec. 1 to Jan. 1, 5:30-10:30 pm.  Map


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Balboa Park Archery Range 

Balboa Botanical Building

Balboa Dirt Bike Trails

Bridle Trail

Balboa Native & Rose Gardens 

Centro Cultural de Raza

Free Tuesdays at the Park 
Inn at the Park

Japanese Friendship Garden

Maple Canyon

Marston House Garden

Natural History Museum

Palm Canyon

Mingei International Museum

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 

Spanish Village (Bankers Hill)

Twilight in the Park

World Beat Center (Bankers Hill)


Carlsbad Flower Fields 

El Salto Falls

Leo Carrillo Ranch

Self-Realization FellowshipHermitage & Meditation Gardens 

city heights 

Wat Sovannkiri Buddhist Temple 

chula vista

Living Coast Discovery Center


Coronado Sand Dune's Secret Message

Hotel Del Coronado 


Good Morning

San Diego Botanic Gardens

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Summers Past Farms


Water Conservation Garden


Altipiano Vineyard & Winery

Cordiano Winery

Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum

Elfin Forest

Felicita Park

Grape Day Park

Harmony Grove Spiritualist Center 

Kit Carson Park Hiking Trails

Lake Hodges Dam

Lawrence Welk Caves 

Orfila Winery

Phap Vuong Monatsery 

Record Paradise

San Pasqual Indian Cemetary 

San Pasqual Pioneer Cemetary 

Golden Hill

Golden Hill Park

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Suspension Bridge


Downtown Julian

Eagle Mine

Julian Pioneer Cemetery

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99 Ranch Market

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 Ho Chi Mihn Trail

Mount Soledad

La Jolla's Caves, Coves andTidepools

Munchkin House

Pottery Canyon Natural Park

Mushroom Beach

Scripps Coastal Reserve

Seal Beach 

Sunny Jim Cave

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La Mesa's Secret Stairs

Wat Lao Boubpharam Temple


Blue Sky Ranch

Little Italy

Little Italy

Washington St. Skatepark

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Chicano Park Murals

Technomania Circus

Writerz Blok


Christmas Light Displays

Aesthetigeist Art Collective

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Pioneer Park

Presidio Park

Presidio Park Historic Spots 

Topiary Garden

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Adobe Falls

Mission Basilica San 
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Folk Arts Rare Records

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Ray St.

ocean beach

Ocean Beach Farmers Market

Rum Runners Cave

Sunset Cliffs Caves & Coves

Villa Surf Ruins


Museum of Making Music

Succulent Cafe

San Luis Rey Mission


San Luis Rey Pioneer Cemetery

Old Town
Casa de Estudillo

Cosmopolitan Hotel

El Campo Cemetary

La Casa de Machado y Stewart Museum

Mason Schoolhouse

Dia de los Muertos

Old Adobe Chapel

Victorian Village Heritage Park

Whaley House

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Kate O Sessions Park 

Palomar Mountain

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Cabrillo National Monument

  Fort Rosecrans Cemetary

Old Point Loma Lighthouse


Blue Sky Reserve & Lake Poway 

Meadowbrook Tunnels

Lightning Brewery

Old Poway Park

Old Pomerado Rd.

Xpressive Arts Center BYOB Classes


Black Canyon

Devil's Punchbowl

Mount Woodson Castle

Sutherland Dam

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Battle Mountain

Bernardo Winery

Lake Hodges Waterfall

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Black Mountain Mine

Cara Knott Memorial Garden 

Eichar's Grave

Rancho de Los Penasquitos 

Rancho Penasquitos Waterfall 


Santee Drive-In Theater

Old Mission Dam

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Double Peak Park

scripps ranch

Ballast Point Brewery

seaport village

B-39 Submarine

Berkely Ferryboat

HMS Surprise Ship

Medea Steam Yacht

USS Dolphin Submarine

Star of India

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Murphy Canyon

solana beach

Mushroom Caves (Solana Beach)

Sorrento Valley

Pet Cemetery

Seabreeze Organic Farm

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Blacks Beach

Mushroom House

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American Voodoo

Lips Restaurant

Buchanan Canyon

Red Fox Piano Bar

Abandoned homes of Hellhole Canyon

Bates Nut Farm

Old Castle Ranch

Valley Center Historical Museum 


Barry Koral's Fruit Farm & Museum

Butterfly Farm

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Santa Ysabel Mission

Sky Sailing

Warner Springs Town

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The Henry Miller Library

Los Padres Beach

McWay Falls

Nepenthe Restaurant

Partington Cove

Pfeiffer Beach

River Inn

Spirit Garden

Soberanes Creek Watershed


California Market Restaurant

Point Lobos State Reserve

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Abandoned Zoo (Griffith Park)

Bronson Caves (Griffith Park)

Hidden Treasures (Topanga)

Korean Friendship Bell (San Pedro)

Lake Shrine (Pacific Palisades)

Mosaic Tile House (Venice Beach)

The Museum of Death (Hollywood)

The Sunken City (San Pedro)


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