Details on Little Italy’s ‘Aurora’ Christmas display.

Joshua Hubert’s seasonal piece returns to Piazza Basilone.

"Aurora" in Red and Green

Showing Little Italy some red and green.

Photo via Little Italy Association

Locals know a walk through Little Italy is filled with many sights — especially when the holiday season lights up the community. For a third year, “Aurora” by Joshua Hubert is on display, and while it resembles a Christmas tree, a lot of planning went into growing this piece.

"Aurora" tree in Little Italy

A glowing tradition.

Photo via @scotty_wobblez

Here are some fast facts about the display:

  • The outer shell rises 32 ft, and it’s hollow inside.
  • It’s made of hundreds of Polycarbonate panels coated in dichroic for a holographic glow.
  • Each visit is different — the tree is reflective, and will show different colors depending on the angle of the sun.
  • Inside are thousands of programmable LED lights, so spectacular light combos can be created.

You can visit “Aurora” throughout the holiday season and it will return to Little Italy next year and for future holiday seasons.

📍 Piazza Basilone — 621 W. Fir St.

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