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'Christmas In The Village' Starts Friday Night
LA MESA -- With the severity of the Great California Drought, it seems heretical to be hoping against rain for Friday and Saturday's Christmas In The Village event. Friday's forecast may include some evening showers, but Saturday looks clearer.
"We are a rain or shine operation,'' reminds John Vigil, who is heading the Christmas In the Village festivities again for the La Mesa Village Merchants Association. Vigil traditionally leads the parade (see video above).
The event occurs over two evenings. On both nights, pre-parade presentations begin at 4:30 p.m. between Palm and 3rd Avenue and this year's event is adding a special honor for Vietnam War-era Veterans. A local veterans group will be in attendance.
On Saturday, Congresswoman Susan Davis is expected to be on hand to participate in the nightly parade down La Mesa Boulevard. On both nights, a local charitable organization will be sending bucket brigades through the crowds to raise money to help a local woman, Ondrea Hamlet, who was left as a paraplegic after being struck by a car. The community is raising funds to purchase a special van to help with her mobility.
Vigil said much of the rest of this popular event will be familiar with local residents. Strolling down the street, visiting with friends at fire pits built in the street. There will be pony rides and the five fire pits spread along La Mesa Boulevard will have chairs available, but you may want to bring your own.
All local merchants will be open and there will be a number of street vendors, mostly clustered on the west side of Spring Street, selling Christmas crafts and other gifts.
You can go to the event website by CLICKING HERE.