The Forward House

With the holiday season upon us, you will want to experience the Bankers Hill/Balboa Park area celebration with brightly lit homes and businesse����s celebrating this festive time of year. 3 of the ����Must See���� locations include the Prado in Balboa Park (6th & Laurel), Bertrand at Mr. A�¢����s (5th & Laurel) and The Forward House (1st & Ivy). The Forward House(pictured) got its ��moniker���� after John Forward Sr., Mayor of San Diego , had this house designed and built for him in 1905. In 1998, John Olbrich found, bought and restored the dilapated mansion and began to decorate for the season. Every year since, it comes alive with an extensive lighting display with holiday music. ( Just think 'Griswalds' from the movie ����Christmas Vacation���� with Chevy Chase).


Added on Dec 17, 2010

The Forward House has 100,000 Christmas lights with 20 years of experience from November 24 to January 1 between 5:00pm and 10:00pm.


Experience the sights and sounds of Christmas. Walk by to enjoy our fabulous light display with holiday music !

When to See It

On at 5:00pm
Off at 10:00pm
Starting on November 24
Ending on January 1


Started in 1998
100000 lights
15 inflatables
0 controllers
15 songs


108 Ivy Street,San Diego,CA 92101 US

Special Directions

The Forward House is located on the corner of 1st & Ivy, just 5 blocks West of Balboa Park and 3 blocks South of Laurel. walk by to experience the sights and sounds of the Christmas season.


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