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It's the 18th Annual Holiday of Lights and Holiday Hayride at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Released: November 09, 2012

The Holiday Tradition returns on Thanksgiving - November 22!

DEL MAR, Calif. (November, 2012) — This holiday season kicks off on Thanksgiving night when "Holiday of Lights" opens at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The 18th Annual "Holiday of Lights" at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the largest animated seasonal lights display on the West Coast and has become a San Diego County holiday tradition. Gather the family, some Christmas Cheer and hop in the car for a spectacular drive around the historic and world-renowned Del Mar Racetrack!

With more than 400 lighted animated scenes, this 1.5-mile drive around the track will delight the entire family starting November 22 (Thanksgiving) and continuing through January 1, 2013. Closed on Monday: November 26; December 3 & 10.

The "Holiday Hayride" returns for a limited run. Bundle up, grab your hot chocolate or cider, a great BIG Christmas cookie (both included with the hayride ticket), and settle down in a “pile O’ hay” on an open hayride! Afterwards, enjoy holiday music, carolers, fire pits for roasting marshmallows, food, fun and "holiday spirits" in the Paddock.

NEW this year 17 HANDS Mexican Cantina in the Paddock! After the Hayride, stay and enjoy great Gourmet Mexican food! Tacos, Sopes, Chips, Salsas and Buñuelos round out a fresh menu and full bar that features artisan beers, Tequila and “Santa’s Little Helper” and “Rudolph’s Spritzer” our signature holiday cocktails.

Planning a Holiday Party? 17 Hands is available to have your company party or happy-hour event! Call Trish Stiles at: 858-792-4274 and have her help you plan your special party.

Dates and hours for the "Holiday Hayride" are November 23 & 30, and December 7 & 14, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Fairgrounds Box Office at 858-792-4252.

Advance purchase is not necessary to tour the Holiday of Lights in your own vehicle. For both activities, enter the Fairgrounds through the Main Parking Lot and follow the signs.

Dates: Thursday, November 22, through Tuesday, January 1, 2013, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Holiday of Lights is closed three Mondays: November 26, December 3 and December 10.

Time: Sundays through Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Price: $15.00 per car, up to 5 people
$20.00 per vehicle, 6 or more people
$50.00 per bus

Buy tickets for $13.00 at Albertsons|Sav-on stores in San Diego County.

Place: On the racetrack at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, Calif.
Interstate 5 at the Via de la Valle exit

For more information go to: www.holidayoflights.com.

For more information, please contact:
Linda Zweig
(858) 792-4262
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