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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!

San Diego building lit up in green and red holiday lights
San Diego holiday tour guests standing with host in front of trolley
nighttime picture of guests strolling Seaport Village decorated with holiday lights

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.

Tickets & Schedule


Old Town Market – 4010 Twiggs Street.

Parking is FREE.


Dec. 6-24 and Dec. 26-30, 2021.


Approximately 75 Minutes. Includes a 15-minute holiday stroll through Seaport Village.

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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.

2021 Holiday Events

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