Here in sunny San Diego, we don’t hear a whole lot of complaints about the weather; but sandy beaches and swaying palm trees don’t exactly evoke the same images of “holiday cheer” that snow and sleigh rides do. What’s a holiday party planner to do?

One of the most treasured winter traditions in America’s Finest City is the “Holiday of Lights” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and what better place to host a holiday party than from one of the many sky rooms overlooking the famed race track adorned with more than 400 twinkling light displays?

While most people are familiar with large-scale events at the Fairgrounds – like the fair, thoroughbred horse racing, and various expos and trade shows – many don’t realize the Fairgrounds is also host to more than 300 events each year. Specializing in intimate gatherings for personal celebrations like weddings and retirement parties, as well as corporate meetings and social events, the Fairgrounds offers gourmet catering options, complimentary parking, and a friendly event staff to guide you through the planning and execution of your special event.

The versatile rooms at the Fairgrounds can accommodate groups from 50 to 5,000. The smaller skybox suites are perfect for an intimate dinner celebration. The vast exhibit halls are blank canvases ready for your imagination to transform them into your own winter wonderland.

Make your event extra-special by arranging for guests to enjoy a ride around the Holiday of Lights, either in their own vehicle or by making advance reservations for the Holiday Hayride, which operates most Friday evenings or is available for private rental for parties larger than 100 people. The Hayride offers an old-fashioned, open-air experience, as guests bundle up on tractor-pulled wagons filled with hay.

If you’re interested in learning more about corporate event or holiday party packages at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, please contact Trish Stiles at (858) 792-4274 or at Additional information can be found at by clicking on Holiday Parties.

Submitted by Trish Stiles, Events Manager, Del Mar Fairgrounds.