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San Diego Christmas Lights Tour by Old Town Trolley

Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights and Sights Tour

Seasons Greetings! Hop on board our Holiday Lights and Sights Trolley. Guests of all ages celebrate in the sights, songs and traditions of the holiday season.

Join in sing-a-long caroling with our conductors, share fun holiday facts, history and traditions and see the festive Christmas lights of Old Town San Diego, the Embarcadero, Balboa Park, Garrison Street and more.

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


Old Town Market – 4010 Twiggs Street, Old Town.
 Parking is Free.


December 2-30.*
*Closed December 24 & 25.

December 2, 4-9, 12-15, 26-30: 7:00 pm
December 11: 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm
December 3, 10, 16-23: 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm

See online reservations for specific dates and times.


Approximately 75 Minutes

Balboa Park closed December 2 & 3 for December Nights event.


$25 for adults
$15 for kids ages 3-12 (2 & under – free)


  • Reservations are required.
  • Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Late check-in may result in forfeited seat.

 24-hour notice is required to change or cancel tour. To change or cancel reservation once confirmed, you must do so 24 hours in advance by calling (866) 754-0966.
  • No cancellations or refunds will be made 24 hours prior to tour departure.
  • Private Charters available. Call (866) 754-0966 and press option #3 for the Charter Sales department.
  • This tour is not included with the Hometown Pass Program.

For more information, please call (866) 754-0966.

By Darlynne Reyes Menkin
San Diego Insider Travel Examiner

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.

My favorite part was seeing all the fantastic Christmas lights that were on display. Garrison Street in Point Loma was a nice touch. Other highlights include the Gaslamp Quarter area and some of the beautiful neighborhoods near Balboa Park. It was a chilly night but it was fine because the trolley was nice & warm.

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