Little Italy Virtual Tree Lighting & Christmas Experiences


Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 5:30pm to 6:15pm

With the announcement of restrictions due to COVID-19, we remain determined to support our businesses and residents while attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy with public health and safety at the forefront.

That being said, our time-honored tradition, the Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village, had to change in order for us to continue to bring smiles to children, of all ages, faces and to spread holiday spirit like our celebration has done for over two decades. 

While we may be celebrating a little differently this year, Little Italy is still shining bright and we are looking forward to another amazing holiday season. This year the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be going virtual with a 45-minute “Hallmark-style” Little Italy Holiday Special and the Christmas Village will be morphed into the Little Italy Wednesday Holiday Market that will take place four Wednesdays in December.  Let us not forget the 10th Annual Little Italy Toy Drive that brings hundreds of toys to New Alternative children in need and several other virtual activities to spread holiday cheer throughout the month of December.

Little Italy Holiday Special

Located in the center of Piazza della Famiglia, Little Italy’s Christmas tree stands over 30-feet tall and will be covered in lights and festive décor. As one of the most anticipated events of the season, Little Italy is bringing holiday cheer to the San Diegans by broadcasting the Little Italy Holiday Special on Saturday, December 5th at 5:30pm. The Special will be streamed on various platform.  Stay tuned for more information. 

The Little Italy Holiday Special will feature the much-awaited tree lighting led by Little Italy Association leadership with an Italian countdown by Father Joe Tabigue of Our Lady of the Rosary, a musical performance by Our Lady of the Rosary Choir in the historically renovated Church, a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa & Mrs. Claus and more.

We hope this Holiday Special will allow for San Diegans and our greater community to celebrate the holiday season while in the safety and comfort of their homes.

Sponsor an Ornament

Want to support Little Italy's holiday decor and festivities?!  Click on the button below to sponsor an ornament on the Piazza della Famiglia Christmas Tree.  Donors will have their name or family name displayed on a sign next to the tree for the month of December.

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