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Aerial holiday light tour offers a Santa-eye view

Aerial holiday light tour offers a Santa-eye view

If your family’s annual tour of local Christmas lights has grown stale, a new aerial sightseeing service gives you a perspective seen only by Santa Claus.

This month, Carlsbad pilot Kurt Dawson introduced the region’s first holiday lights tour by helicopter. The half-hour round-trip from Oceanside Municipal Airport takes up to three passengers over a vast landscape of twinkling holiday decor in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe.

From an altitude of 400 feet, the Christmas lights are easy to spot, whether they’re on commercial buildings, like the former Twin Inns mansion in Carlsbad Village, or on residential streets, like a home in Encinitas that...

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