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The deal with some of your favorite holiday lights around San Diego

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 17:36:29-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diegans continue their deep traditions of stringing up holiday lights every year — some being a bit more elaborate than others.

Local businesses also join in on the festivities, keeping the lights on throughout the night so guest can enjoy them whenever they drop in.

MAP: Where to see dazzling holiday lights in San Diego this year

In addition to the countless displays set up throughout San Diego County, here's a look at some of the most popular lights this season:

Hilton San Diego, Mission Valley
A holiday tradition for more than 20 years, General Manager Jayson Zimmer says guests actually agree to keep a lamp on in their room to spell out "JOY" on the hotel. Zimmer adds it helps guests and the hotel celebrate the season together.

Poway Christmas tree
The "Poway Christmas tree" turns 30 years old this year high atop a North County hillside, nearly 2000 bulbs standing 80 feet tall, according to blogger Pam Davis. The couple who places the tree high above Poway also changes the color scheme every year.

Banker's Hill home
The famous Banker's Hill home at the corner of Ivy St. and 1st Ave. is often visited by lights tours every holiday season. Lights go up the day after Thanksgiving and the owner, John Olbrich, says it takes three weeks to get the home holiday ready.

Ramona truck
Tony Wilson has dressed up his personal truck for nearly a decade in Ramona, sharing his Christmas spirit in the form of 2,600 lights, and of course a red nose and antlers, on his Ford.