This holiday season kicks off on Thanksgiving night when Holiday of Lights opens at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The 18th annual event is the largest animated seasonal lights display on the West Coast and has become a San Diego County holiday tradition. Gather the family, some Christmas cheer and hop in the car for a spectacular drive around the historic and world-renowned Del Mar Racetrack!
With more than 400 lighted animated scenes, this 1.5-mile drive around the track will delight the entire family starting Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving) and continuing through Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
Holiday of Lights will be closed on Mondays, November 26, December 3 & 10.
The Holiday Hayride returns for a limited run. Bundle up, grab your hot chocolate or cider, a great BIG Christmas cookie (both included with the hayride ticket), and settle down in a “pile O’ hay” on an open hayride! Afterwards, enjoy holiday music, carolers, fire pits for roasting marshmallows, food, fun and “holiday spirits” in the Paddock. Dates and hours for the Holiday Hayride are November 23 & 30 and December 7 & 14, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Fairgrounds Box Office at 858-792-4252.
New this year is the 17 Hands Restaurant & Cantina in the Paddock! After the Hayride, stay and enjoy great gourmet Mexican food and drink including tacos, sopes, chips, salsas and buñuelos.
Thursday, November 22, through Tuesday, January 1, 2013, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Holiday of Lights is closed three Mondays: November 26, December 3 and December 10.
Sundays through Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$15.00 per car, up to 5 people
$20.00 per vehicle, 6 or more people
$50.00 per bus
Buy tickets for $13.00 at Albertsons|Sav-on stores in San Diego County.
On the racetrack at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, Calif.
Interstate 5 at the Via de la Valle exit
For more information go to: www.holidayoflights.com.