Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village


Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Families, friends and neighbors are invited to kick-off the holiday season with festive fun in San Diego’s Little Italy at the 21st Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday, December 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This year, the Little Italy neighborhood will make exciting enhancements to the event with the reveal of a new custom Christmas tree, located in the center of Piazza Basilone. Guests will experience a magical evening filled with festive decor, seasonal vendors, a tree lighting ceremony in the Piazza della Famiglia with a live Christmas tree over 25-feet tall, live music and entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday treats, a surprise visit from Santa and more!

Santa will make an appearance to chat and take photos with children starting at 4 p.m. In “Santa’s Living Room” little ones can share their Christmas wishes until 6 p.m. and get their picture taken with the man from the North Pole. Kids can also participate in arts and crafts activities next to “Santa’s Living Room.”  Attendees can look forward to the Christmas Village, which will feature holiday goodies and perfect stocking stuffers from seasonal vendors and select Little Italy Mercato vendors on India Street, between W. Cedar and W. Fir Streets.

All of India Street will be decked out in sparkling white lights—making Little Italy a true winter wonderland. There will also be Christmas carolers, 10-foot tall nutcrackers on street corners and more seasonal surprises throughout the neighborhood! The brand new 25-foot tall Christmas tree will be located in the Piazza Basilone. The custom-design was made by California artist Joshua Hubert, known for his light and optics work in the San Francisco Bay Area Art, Burning Man and underground music communities. By incorporating a Venetian glass-like look, the design symbolizes the strong heritage of the Italian tuna fishermen who built the neighborhood in the 1920’s. The display will be lit with almost 1,000 LED bulbs, creating a 3D effect with different light animations. Based on the bulb’s color and sun, in relation to a viewer’s stance, the tree will scatter breathtaking hues like blue, magenta, gold, copper, yellow and green. The tree will be topped with a brightly lit Moravian star crafted by artist Rudy Brubaker. The second Christmas tree that the Little Italy neighborhood will come together to light on this special evening is an over 25-foot permanent tree located in the heart of the Little Italy neighborhood, the Piazza della Famiglia. Guests are encouraged to head to the Piazza della Famiglia for the tree lighting countdown at 6:30 p.m.