Heritage Tree to light the Encinitas sky Dec. 1

The Heritage Tree
The Heritage Tree is located near Moonlight Beach.


The Encinitas Historical Society will once again light the majestic Heritage Tree located near Moonlight Beach. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor the Historical Society can continue to bring joy and a season of holiday spirit to the community. The Heritage Tree, located at 4tha nd C Street, will light the dark sky beginning Dec. 1.

Unfortunately, this year people will not be able to hear the chorus of children from Park Dale Lane Elementary School, San Dieguito Children Chorus or music from the Brown Family but everyone can still enjoy the local heritage tree as it fills people’s hearts with light and love.

This 2nd City of Encinitas designated heritage tree was planted in 1952 by Ben Danforth and sons as a gift to their mother Jane Danforth. In 1994, Luis Ortiz started decorating this Norfolk Island pine, also referred to as a Star Pine. In 2015 the Encinitas Historical Society took over the funding and continuation of the annual tradition, including under grounding the electrical conduits, and creating its own address and energy source.

All are encouraged to venture to Moonlight Beach and admire the beauty of the majestic pine during this special season.