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- Botanic Wonderland Holiday Nights in the Garden Unveiling a reimagined holiday festival centered around the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. The Hamilton Children’s Garden and Toni’s Treehouse will also be illuminated. Activities include a twinkling light tunnel, holiday musical lightshow, snow mound, kids’ crafts, face painting, pictures with Santa, live entertainment, a poinsettia display, and more. Dec. 3-8, 10-15, 17-23 and 26-30, 5-8:30 pm. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 760-436-3036. sdbgarden.org
- Holidays at LEGOLAND California. Experience the magic of the holidays with music, twinkling lights and a 30-ft LEGO Christmas Tree. Enjoy live entertainment, a holiday light show and character meet and greets. Nov. 23-Jan. 5. 760-918-5346. legoland.com
- 7607 Romeria St. 1st place in 2018 SD County Festival of Lights! The “Carlsbad Christmas House” where it snows! Walk around to see Surfin’ Santa and the underwater scene, Snoopy & Friends ice skating, Island of Misfit Toys, walk up candycane lane, see animals frolicking in the waterfall, animated window display, and more. Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 8-31, 5-10 pm (closed rain days). CarlsbadChristmasHouse.com
- 6646 Elegant Tern Pl. Free Santa’s mailbox and treats for the kids nightly. Santa writes back a personalized letter to each child. Santa visits on Dec. 14 with crafts, music, hot cocoa and cotton candy. All activities free. Dec. 5-25, 5-10 pm.
- 3520 Corte Ramon. 7th year of decorating, different theme each year. Lights and characters coordinated to music. Dusk-10 pm.
- Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights. Boats decorated in holiday lights circle Oceanside Harbor. Dec. 14, 7 pm. 760-722-5751. oceansideyc.net
- 1615 Quiet Hills Dr. Lights synchronized to over 10 songs on 87.9 FM. christmasonquiethills.com
- 1562 Peacock Blvd. Rudolph and deer family. Christmas trees and lights. Dec. 10-Jan. 5. 5:30-10:30 pm.