One of our favorite family activities this time of year is to drive around the county and check out Christmas lights. I pack some snacks and hot chocolate (or just white milk for the Bitty Bird- She doesn’t like cocoa- I know…), and we head out for an adventure. I usually grab a couple extra fluffy blankets too. They tend to fall asleep on the way home!
I’ve included our family favorites, as well as some that came recommended by my Facebook fans. I did not include any that charge a fee to see. There are quite a few professional displays that charge a fee to drive-thru all over the county.
There are a few that I did not include as I have heard they are dark (Knob Hill in Vista), or the owners of the homes have moved or chosen not to do a display this year.
Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights). Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 & Bradley. Dec. 8-26, Mon-Th 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun 6-10 pm.
10248 Paseo Palmas Dr. Nicknamed “Tinsel Town”. Dec. 1-25, 5:30-9 pm. Most of the houses on this street are very well decorated with lights and moving displays! They have a Facebook page too!
Starlight Circle, East and West Glendon Circles. Through December 26th, 7-10 pm. This is extremely popular! Starlight Circle even has a Facebook page!
12631 Stoutwood St., Poway Off Twin Peaks Rd. & Deerwood St. Nicknamed “The Griswolds.”
A few years back, I wrote this post, which I update about once a year with information on Food Banks/Food Pantries and food co-ops in San Diego County. Considering san Diego County is larger than some New England states, I decided to dedicate a post purely to North County food resources, as I have been getting requests for those lately. Thanks to my friends Elizabeth, Kate, Yvonne, and Stephanie for assisting me with the research!
There are of course the Neighborhood Distribution sites from The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. There are no requirements or proof of need (no ID either). Just bring a few reusable bags or a cart to carry your food home.
Learn more about Neighborhood Distributions here. The 2020 Calendar of Neighborhood Distributions can be found here.
The Community Resource Center has Bread distribution and other food distributions several times a week. More information can be found here.
North County’s Food Bank 1175 Melrose Way, Vista, CA, 92081 (760) 761-1140 The Emergency Food for Individuals program is direct food assistance available to needy individuals. Program is available every first, third and fifth Monday of the month.
Food Distribution at Lamb of God Food Bank 1120 Highland Dr, Vista, CA 92083(760) 458-4655 every Tuesday and Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In San Marcos:
Summit Church 292 E. Barham Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078 760.471.6267 or email@example.comArrive: 11:00 am, food distribution: 12:00 p – 1:00 pm
Summit hosts a farmers market-style free food outreach 2x per month!
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month, they give 25 lbs of food to anyone
in need in the front parking lot. Everyone is welcome; there are no requirements!
Ramona Food and Clothes ClosetEach 3rd Friday of the month, a truck will bring perishable food items like produce to the store for distribution. You do not need to qualify for this program. Patrons are asked to line up before 9:00 AM in an orderly fashion and wait their turn.
Each person will receive approximately 20-25 pounds of food per family. It is a first-come, first-serve basis. You will need to bring your own bags or rolling carts.
Feeding American San Diego has a map on their website of various resources in the San Diego area, many of them require no proof of need or paperwork.
If you have any food resources to share, please leave a comment!