Encinitas Historical Society to host lighting of Heritage Tree

The community is invited to the 22nd annual Lighting of the Heritage Tree, hosted by the Encinitas Historical Society (EHS) on Friday, Dec. 2.

The festivities, at 406 Fourth Street in Encinitas, begin at 5 p.m. with musical entertainment and the switch will officially be flipped at 6 p.m.

Planted in 1950, the beloved tree is now more than 75 feet tall. It is the second recognized heritage tree in Encinitas.

“It has provided a colorful addition to our night sky for more than 50 years and is savored by many on land and on sea,” president of the Encinitas Historical Society Carolyn Cope said in a news release.

The night air will be filled with music at this special holiday event as SuperMoon will perform a medley of Christmas songs including John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas,” Place in the Choir will sing seasonal songs and Park Dale Lane’s Honor Choir, under the direction of Samuel Wilmurt, will present a holiday-inspired program as well.

The EHS is providing free hot apple cider during the event, and parking at the Moonlight Beach upper parking lot is recommended for the best viewing of the tree-lighting.

The EHS is sponsoring the tree-lighting ceremony with the support of the 101 Artists’ Colony’s Billy Stewart Foundation and generous individual donors. SDG&E and the city of Encinitas are also sponsors of the event. According to a news release, Jim Filanc from Southern Contracting has been working with community members — spearheaded by Louis Ortiz — to bring the Star Pine to life.

For more information, contact Cope at 760-753-4834.

— Submitted press release