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Old Town Trolley's Holiday Lights and Sights Tour

Seasons Greetings!

When it comes to living that laid-back West Coast lifestyle, San Diegans do it better than most. Whether it’s sunbathing with the seals in La Jolla or seeking out the hottest regional Mexican food, easy and breezy is the order of the day. Because of the year-round picture-perfect weather here, sometimes we need reminding when the holidays are approaching. But when they do, we go all out! For a full-on, unique experience in ‘America’s Finest City,’ take an Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights & Sights Tour and ride a wave of holiday cheer! Join in sing-a-long caroling with our Elf conductors as they share fun holiday facts and traditions. Enjoy a 15-minute stop at Seaport Village for holiday festivities. You’ll also get to see the festive holiday lights of Old Town, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Balboa Park and more!

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Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights and Sights Trolley Tour: A Great Way to Celebrate the Christmas and Holiday Season!


Tour Highlights

Entrance to Old Town Market San Diego decorated for the holidays
The best way to experience the holidays in San Diego
Holiday Cheer
San Diego Christmas tree
Join in sing-a-long caroling
Great Narrators
close up picture of a Christmas tree with holiday lights and a bell ornament
See festive Christmas lights!
Seaport Village
row of reindeer and string of holiday lights in San Diego

San Diego Insider Travel Examiner

By Darlynne Reyes Menkin

For some people, the thought of Christmas means long lines at the store, endless baking and running around trying to finish off that famous “to do” list. But for others, it’s a whole different story. For those folks, it’s all about spending time with family, enjoying the holiday spirit and doing fun activities like the one we did just the other week. 

This year, Old Town Trolley Tours is doing a wonderful tour called Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights and Sights Tour.  It’s a great activity for the family, not to mention a good way to get into the holiday spirit.

From the moment you step onto the trolley, the Christmas cheer is on.  From the colorful candy canes they hand out to the uplifting holiday music that plays throughout the tour… the Christmas spirit is alive and well on this adventure! We especially liked the song lyric books that were given out, as it allowed us to sing along. The tour guide was also very friendly, informative and had lots of funny stories that complimented the music and tour. Even the guests had a great sense of humor… and didn’t have any problems playing along with the tour guide’s quirky Q&A games.



Old Town Market – 4010 Twiggs Street.


Dec. 3-24 and Dec. 26-30, 2020.


Approximately 75 Minutes.

price tag

$25 ages 4 and up.
(3 & under – free)
Adults are asked to hold their infant child on their laps during the tour.  Seats are for paid guests.
*Closed December 25 & 31.

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Reservations are required. See online reservations for specific dates and times.

Check-in time with our sales rep at the ticket booth is 30 minutes prior to departure time.

Late check-in may result in forfeited seat.

 First to check-in, first seated.

Reservation based tickets are non-refundable. You may reschedule up to 24 hours in advance of tour time by calling (866) 754-0966.

This tour is not included with the Hometown Pass Program.

Parking is FREE at Old Town Market – 4010 Twiggs Street.

Face masks are required.

San Diego Christmas Lights Tour by Old Town Trolley

Private Tours and Groups

For private tours or groups of 18 people or more, please email us or call 619-298-8687 – press 4 for the Group Sales Department.

Groups are asked to check-in all at the same time at the ticket booth to receive boarding passes to help ensure all are boarded on the same trolley together. Individuals from the group arriving late may be assigned a different trolley from their group.

2020 Holiday Events

December 1 – January 3
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Make spirits bright at this favorite family Christmas event. As holiday music fills the air, a sea of over one million lights sparkle, transforming SeaWorld into a marvelous holiday event. Enjoy live shows like the all-new Winter Wonderland on Ice and Cirque Christmas. Plus, meet festive friends at Rudolph’s Christmastown and the new Sesame Street® Christmas Village. Savor holiday flavors of hot cocoa and warm desserts as you shop for unique gifts and decorations.

December 5
Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village
This year, the Little Italy neighborhood will make exciting enhancements to the event with the reveal of a new custom Christmas tree, located in the center of Piazza Basilone. Guests will experience a magical evening filled with festive decor, seasonal vendors, a tree lighting ceremony in the Piazza della Famiglia with a live Christmas tree over 25-feet tall, live music and entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday treats, a surprise visit from Santa and more! General Information: (619) 233-3898.

December 11-13
Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk
The Arthritis Foundation’s 2020 Jingle Bell Run is going virtual! Join the original festive race for charity from anywhere! Whether you want to run your favorite 5K route, challenge yourself to something new or get moving on your treadmill, you can strut your stuff and FEEL GOOD about DOING GOOD. Every runner will receive an exclusive Jingle Bell Run short sleeve t-shirt, unique medal, and sticker for your water bottle or laptop!

December 12
San Diego Santa Run
The San Diego Santa Run is a holiday experience like none other! Over 4,000 participants will rock the world’s only Sunny Santa Suit as they take over Garnet Avenue and Cass Street in Pacific Beach. The holiday fun doesn’t stop at the finish line; make sure to stay and enjoy the 41st Annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade presented by Discover PB.

December 13 & 20
San Diego Parade of Lights
With more than 80,000 spectators expected, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights features boats decorated for the holiday season.

December 13
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Gaslamp – 401 K Street
All pet owners and their furry, featured and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo.

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