By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
|Find Peace & Dancing Unicorns on Marisa Lane in Encinitas/Olivenhain.|
Hot tips for cold nights: Dress warm, do a quick drive-through to see what’s happening, then find a parking spot and go out on foot. That way you can spend time with your favorites, especially the ones that change colors and moods. And wherever you live, ask neighbors about the best displays nearby.
11th Street, off Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Encinitas/Olivenhain.
This is the most widespread of local light shows, including offshoot streets like Marisa Lane, and it’s been going strong for years. The photos below were all taken on Marisa, but there’s elaborate illumination everywhere you look.
Gitano Street, off Chapalita Drive, Encinitas.
Strings of colored lights link both sides of this neighborly street,
|What you see as you drive onto Gitano.|
One of our favorites.
Run East, off Gardendale Road, Encinitas.
There were many more houses lit up here last year, on Village Run’s east and west sides, but this is still one we love. I call it The House of Blue Lights, but it changes colors, and invites you to push a button to activate musical accompaniment—and maybe even do a little dancing.