This holiday season, San Diego’s traditional Holiday of Lights will take a one year break to recharge as preparations get underway to widen the turf track of the world famous Del Mar Race Track. Next year, Holiday of Lights will return brighter than ever to illuminate the Del Mar Fairgrounds.(Closed on Mondays)
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA (map)
Phone: (858) 755-1161
More info: Event website
Sunday-Thursday, 5:30pm – 10pm
Friday and Saturday, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
How do people view the displays? 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.
How many displays are there?
About 400 lighted and animated displays.
Climb aboard the Holiday Hayride and enjoy a tour of the Holiday of Lights the old-fashioned way!
Wagons depart from the Paddock, where carolers, holiday music 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, is a great place for a company happy hour.
Seating on the Holiday Hayride is limited, and reservations are highly recommended. Tickets will go on sale sometime in November; we will post more information here at that time.
Group discount: $12 per vehicle up to 5 people. You save $3. Advance purchase of 20 or more tickets is required. Tickets are valid for one-time-use on any one night the Holiday of Lights is open. You do not need to attend with a group. The order form will be posted early November.
Military discount: Military discount tickets are sold only at base ticket offices, not at the Holiday of Lights’ entrance. No blackout dates. Tickets are valid only for touring Holiday of Lights in your own vehicle (no discounts are offered for the Holiday Hayride). Please contact the base ticket office near you.
Camp Pendleton, 760-725-5805 or 760-725-5863
Miramar, 858-577-4141 or 858-577-4126
Naval Station, 619-556-2174 or 619-556-7498
Medical Center, 619-532-7255
North Island CWR, 619-545-1450
March Air Reserve Base, 951-655-4123