Little Italy will go big with holiday cheer this Saturday with not just one tree lightning, but two in the heart of the colorful community. Bellissimo!
The 18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village festival takes place Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. along India Street. For the first time ever, the event will boast two tree lighting ceremonies: the lighting of a 25-foot tower of more than 1,000 poinsettias in the middle of Piazza Basilone and the lightning of a new 25-foot tree in front of the new Piazza Della Famiglia.
India Street will be closed to traffic during the occasions. The lightning ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m. on West Fir and India streets and then move to India and West Date.
The holiday celebration includes photos with Santa Claus until 6:30 p.m., carriage rides and lots of vendors selling seasonal stocking stuffers and gifts. Some Little Italy Mercato vendors will also line up to sell goods along India Street, between Cedar and Grape streets. Attendees can also expect plenty of holiday decorations, live music and festive snacks at this free community event.
Buon Natale, San Diego.