Lighting of Gubbio Christmas Tree is coming: 7th December has been a very special day in Gubbio since 1981, when the largest Christmas Tree in the world lighted for the first time.
Every 7th December is celebrated by the participation of an organization or a celebrity that is especially called to turn on the famous Tree and light it.
A Tricolur Lighting from Umbrian skies
In 2014, Gubbio hosted Pope Francesco to turn on the its Tree. In 2015, it was the humanitarian organisation of Medici Senza Frontiere and in 2016 the city had Save The Children as testimonial.
At the edition of last year, there was a special lighting from space with the collaboration of the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency, thanks to the astronaut Paolo Nespoli who was above the Umbrian skies orbiting at 37.000 km/h at 400 km of height.
We will look up to the skies also for this 38° edition: the lighting will have as protagonist the green, white and red drawn by the acrobaticts of the Frecce Tricolore Pilots.
Here the President Lucio Costantini’s words about the 2018 lighting of the Tree:
« The National Aerobatic Team – Frecce Tricolori – represents the inexhaustible desire to elevate the flight to the nth degree, exalting the human component in its essentiality, as well as the synthesis of a team firmly united by the strong values that distinguish each element. At the same time, the value of the individual within the Group is recognized, respecting everyone’s professionalism, which is essential for achieving the mission».
The official ceremony is being in Piazza Martiri, in the city center of Gubbio, from 6 pm of Friday 7th December.
The Tree of Gubbio will turn on every evening during the Christmas time, until next 6th January.
Christmas Tree of Gubbio: a record tree
Created and turned on for the first time in 1981, the Chirstmas Tree of Gubbio has entered in the Guinnes Book of World Records as the largest Christmas Tree in the world. The immense tree is achieved by placing some series of illuminations of various types and colors along the slopes of the Ingino Mount, overlooking the beautiful medieval town of Gubbio.
The numbers are indeed impressive: a base of 450 m fading in the medieval walls of the city for more than 750 m of height, until the Cathedral of the Saint Patron Ubaldo, located on the top of the mountain (to give an idea of this, it is approximately the same space occupied by 30 football fields).
An exciting show, in front of which it is impossible to remain indifferent!
The lights of the Tree of Gubbio: adopt a light!
The Christmas Tree of Gubbio is the promoter of a wonderful initiative especially dedicated to all of you: adopt a light!
By participating in the initiative, each of you can adopt one of the light of the tree at the symbolic price of € 10.00. So, you can dedicated your light to those who are closest to your heart thanks to the dedication “A Light For…”. Your dedication will be public and it will be a little but significant demostration of your affection and your feelings. The lights shall be adopted for the annual lighting time of the tree: when they have been all adopted, they will be free again next year for a new adoption.
You can choose the dedication that you prefer, a name or a message. Someone last year used his light of the Tree of Gubbio for the most important request of his life: in one of the central lights of the tree, you read “Antonella, do your want to marry me?”.
Discover how adopt a light and write your special inscription in the official page