Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm

San Diego’s Little Italy will kick-off this holiday season with festive family fun at the 20th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday, December 1st from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Families, friends and neighbors will experience Little Italy’s Christmas magic and will be able to enjoy the community’s festive décor, seasonal vendors, live music and entertainment, horse carriage rides, holiday treats, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa, and more!

Santa will make an appearance to chat and take photos with the neighborhood kids starting at 4:00 p.m. He will be listening to kids’ Christmas wishes in “Santa’s Living Room” on India Street until 6:00 p.m. Kids will be able to participate in arts and crafts right next to “Santa’s Living Room” with Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School and ArtReach. Families will be able to browse the seasonal vendors and select Little Italy Mercato vendors along India Street between W. Cedar and W. Grape Streets to pick-up stocking stuffers and other holiday goodies!

Little Italy’s 25-foot tower of more than 1,100 beautiful Poinsettias, located in the center of Piazza Basilone, will be lit-up the whole evening and then the community will gather at the new permanent 20’ tall live tree, that will be lit at 6:30pm, at the Piazza della Famiglia on W. Date and India Streets.

2017 Pictures with Santa

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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.”  Photos by Gates Photography.

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