Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village


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

This holiday season, sidewalks in Little Italy will be filled with holiday cheer for the 18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village presented by the Little Italy Association and H.G. Fenton Company on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This Little Italy tradition brings the Christmas magic to San Diego and this year will be extra special because India Street will be closed down for the first time for two Tree Lightings. Families, friends, neighbors and visitors are invited to celebrate Little Italy’s 25-foot tower of over 1,000 gorgeous Poinsettias—located in the center of Piazza Basilone and the new tree, brought to the neighborhood by H.G. Fenton, in front of what’s going to be the new heart of Little Italy—Piazza della Famiglia.  

Spectators will be able to enjoy the community’s festive decor, live music and entertainment, snacks, holiday beverages, and more! To kick-off the event, our special visitor from the North Pole will be arriving at 4:00 p.m. for meet and greets and photos with all the neighborhood kids and kids at heart. Attendees can catch Santa at Santa’s Living Room on India Street, taking pictures until 6:30 p.m. After snapping your photo with Santa, there will be fun arts and crafts for the kids to take part in with  Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School and ArtReach next to Santa’s Living Room. Additionally, seasonal vendors and Little Italy Mercato vendors will be lining India Street at the Christmas Village—selling perfect stocking stuffers and holiday goodies.

The event will take place on India Street between W. Cedar and Grape Streets. The Tree Lighting ceremonies will begin at 5:30p.m. on W. Fir and India and then move down to India & W. Date.

2016 Entertainment

Piazza Basilone Stage
4:00pm-5:15pm // Cedrice & Band
5:15pm-5:30pm // Washington Elementary School Ballet & Songs
5:30pm-5:45pm // Lighting of the Piazza Basilone Tree
5:45pm-6:00pm // Head to India & W. Date (Piazza della Famiglia Tree Lighting)
6:00pm-7:30pm // San Diego Small Opera  

Piazza della Famiglia Stage
4:00pm-5:30pm // Stacy Antonel and Guitarist
5:30pm-5:45pm // Head to India & W. Fir (Piazza Basilone Tree Lighting)
5:45pm-6:15pm // Speeches & Lighting of the Piazza della Famiglia Tree 
6:15pm-7:45pm  // San Diego High Marching Band

Santa's Cottage & Carriage Rides
4:00pm-6:30pm

2016 Sponsors