Making A List, Checking Lights Twice

LA MESA -- John Vigil, the Village Merchants Association's Christmas in The Village guru, was up on a ladder again Saturday, trying to use the weekend hours to make final light fixes in advance of next week's holiday event.

Traditionally, after Oktoberfest, Christmas in the Village is one of the largest La Mesa Village events. Vigil  reports the event is again sizing up to be a great family event. Parades at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday will signal the start of five hours of fun each night with face painting, horse drawn carriage rides and music performances from amateurs and professionals throughout the evening.

"I don't like to give all our secrets away,'' Vigil said. "We love it for people to come down and be surprised by all they see happening throughout the evening.''

One secret is out of the bag: Santa is moving.

For the last several years, Santa Claus made the Clocktower building his Christmas In The Village home, but with Goodwill building out that space, Unique Travel, Santa's sponsor, has moved his chair further east and he will greet young fans surrounded by greenery in the redecorated entrance to Homeland Florist (see photo right and below).

Once again, the centerpoint of the event will be fire pits built out along the street, giving strollers a chance to get warm and sit and visit with friends and neighbors.

There will be 30 vendors selling holiday crafts and food and drink will be available all along the boulevard.

Though not built out on a scale of Oktoberfest, Christmas in the Village has always managed to capture the smalltown feeling that many La Mesans like to promote for their city. While clearly beneficial to the merchants, the heart of the event has been in the holiday spirit and the unscripted visits between friends and family.

If you haven't been to Christmas in the Village, click here to check out the ghosts of Christmas In The Village past.




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Tags: Christmas, Christmas In The Village, Homeland Florist, John Vigil, La Mesa, La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa Real Estate, La Mesa Village, La Mesa Village Merchants Association


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Comment by Frances Settle on December 5, 2011 at 7:15am

I enjoyed the article about the efforts to prepare for the Christmas in the Village Event.  As much as we look forward to holiday events, we all get so busy that to have an article prior to the event helps remind me to mark my calendar. I can't wait for this Friday and Saturday night. The enjoyment on all the faces warms my heart during this playful evening. 

 I especially enjoy watching the kids wait for Santa & seeing how them light up when he talkes with them. Thank you Unique Travel for sponsoring this important feature! 

 The parade was new to me last year but was totally successful due to the leader, our own John Vigal from the Merchants Assoc.   I see in the article that he also gets also leads the prep work, thank you!

I'm looking forward to this weekend and Santa!

Good cheer! Fran



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