Garden of Lights at the San Diego Botanic GardenEspecially good for: Children, especially ages 3 through 8
How Long: An hour for a leisurely stroll, longer if you participate in the activities
More Info: Garden of Lights Website
The effect seems truly magical - more than 100,000 tiny, twinkly lights hung all around the botanical garden. It's a hit with folks of all ages, but children old enough to run around on their own and young enough to still believe in fairy tales seem to like it most. Besides walking through the gardens and enjoying the show, you can roast marshmallows over a wood fire, visit Santa Claus and enjoy the performers.
The Garden of Lights is open most of the month of December, but closed on the 24th and 25th.