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Saturday August 17th Stop B, Embarcadero is to expect heavy traffic and delays due to the Margarita Festival at Waterfront Park.
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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 Celebrate the Christmas Season!


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


December 7-23 and December 26-30.*
*Closed December 24, 25 & 31.

See online reservations for specific dates and times.


Approximately 75 Minutes

Balboa Park closed December 7 & 8 for December Nights event.


$25 for adults
$15 for kids ages 3-12 (2 & under – free)
Adults are asked to hold their infant child on their laps during the tour.  Seats are for paid guests.


For private tours or groups of 15 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.


  • Reservations are required.
  • Check-in time 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.

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

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.

By Darlynne Reyes Menkin
San Diego Insider Travel Examiner

What Our Guests Are Saying

“We had such a great time and we want you to know that “Don the elf” did an amazing job. We thoroughly enjoyed him and we all loved the singing. The songs were just perfect. Thank you.” – S.R.


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