Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Deck the halls this holiday season in Little Italy as the iconic neighborhood lights up the night during the 18th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 3. This year, the festivities will be held on India between W. Date and W. Fir Streets from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Families, friends, neighbors and visitors are invited to celebrate the season and see Little Italy’s unique Christmas Tree - a 25-foot tower of over 1,000 gorgeous Poinsettias - located in the center of Piazza Basilone.

Spectators will be able to enjoy the community’s festive decor, live music and entertainment, snacks, holiday beverages, and more! Additionally, there will be seasonal vendors and Little Italy Mercato vendors selling holiday gifts and goodies at the Christmas Village - perfect for stocking stuffers!

To kick-off the event, our special visitor from the North Pole will be riding in at 4:00 p.m. on Little Italy Fire Engine 3, to take complimentary photos with attendees. Be sure to get there early, because Santa will only be taking photos between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Once you take your photos, be sure to take the little ones to the kid’s area, located next to Santa’s Living Room, for fun crafts with Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School and ArtReach!

Little Italy’s Poinsettia tree will light up the neighborhood at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsor A Poinsettia

If you are interested in sponsoring 1, 2, 5 or 15+ poinsettia(s), for $10 each and getting your name/family name/company name on the donor sign, please call Chris Gomez at 619-233-3898.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX accepted.

The Little Italy Association is a 501(c)(3).  Donations to the Association are tax deductible.

Deadline to submit your name for sign is Tuesday, December 1st. 

Event Sponsorship

If you are interested in being a sponsor at the Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas, please contact Chris Gomez at 619-233-3898 or email him at


To be a vendor at the 2016 Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village, please click here.

2015 Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village Pictures

Click here to download pictures from this year’s Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village.

Images can be downloaded, for FREE, by passing your cursor over the large image (on the right), where a menu will pop up. Click on “Original Size” and the original size image will open; then right click on your mouse and scroll down to “Save Image as.”