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Heritage Tree
The Heritage Tree near Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Courtesy photo

Encinitas Historical Society to light Heritage Tree for the holidays

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Historical Society will once again light the Heritage Tree near Moonlight Beach, thanks to a generous anonymous donor. The Heritage Tree, located at 4th and C Streets, will light the evening sky beginning Dec. 1, 2020.

This year, there will be no chorus of children from Park Dale Lane Elementary School, San Dieguito Children Chorus or music from the Brown Family, but the lights will shine.

The 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 undergrounding the electrical conduits and creating its own address and energy source.