Looking for your sign?  We got you!  Venice Paparazzi was on the scene once again!

We hosted two super fun photo booths, one green screen and one Santa booth, and were the official photographers as well.  So if you made it out to the Venice Sign Lighting event, chances are you are in our photo gallery.  Check out the link below and find yourself.  Merry Christmas! BAM!

Here is a message from Venice Sign’s Event Producer George Francisco!

Fortune favored Venice for this year’s edition of the annual Holiday Sign Lighting presented by Fat Sal’s!  I don’t think I remember a better evening of weather for us to come together and celebrate.  And it seemed like the spirit of the season was in the air.  Every year we all wish for presents under the tree and for a while, it’s felt like Venice has been getting a box of coal.  But things feel different this year; from the jingle bell and light necklaces being handed out to the warm drinks and snacks provided by our sponsors on the street, maybe there really is a Santa Claus.. or at least a Buddy the Elf.
The Chamber was proud to host another great gathering and grateful to our new neighbor Fat Sal’s for coming onboard to help make the evening possible.  Fat Sal’s was joined by almost 70 local businesses as sponsors – nowhere else is that sort of community pride expressed in such a big and generous way… a total commitment from our local business community to show everyone a good time!
The street was jammed with local businesses giving away treats, nonprofits spreading info about their good works and our valued municipal agencies there to meet stakeholders face to face.  And the show onstage brought together an incredible mix of locals and legends.  Venice based Los Pochos and the Lexington Queen reunion performances rocked and set up Shcool Board VP Nick Melvoin for the annual announcement of the “My Venice Holidays” Poster Contest.  Open to all public elementary school kids in Venice, the winner from each grade were honored onstage with gifts, prizes and certificates of merit from our elected officials.  Finally, Sign Lighting Music Director Rob Christie convened our “Venice All Stars” band for some traditional holiday rocking, joined by the backbone of Conan O’Brien’s famed “Basic Cable Band!”
For the grand finale, new Councilmember Traci Park joined us to help honor retired CD11 Deputy Mark Antonio Grant with our “Unsung Hero” Award.  Mark, his beloved wife Eileen and our Presenting Sponsor Josh Stone from Fat Sal’s then all gave The Switch a mighty pull to light The Sign and ring in the season! The band played on and people grooved in the street as snowflakes lofted down.
You may say there’s no such thing as Santa, but as for me and Emcee Newhouse…we believe!  Happy holidays everyone and on to an even more joyful 2023.
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Emcee Mike Newhouse

Presenting Sponsor Josh Stone from Fat Sal’s

Councilwoman elect Traci Park

Retired CD11 Deputy Mark Antonio Grant receives the Unsung Hero award from Traci Park

The flip of the switch

Issac Irvin and Michael Jost

Let is snow!

Venice Art Crawl Poster Winners

Presenting Sponsor Josh Stone from Fat Sal’s, Haden, and friend

LAPD and the locals

Venice Ball’s Hoop Bus

Right: Hotel Erwin’s Amy Castillo (formerly Ramskill)

Venice Chamber

Arbor Collective

Venice Neighborhood Council with Santa

2022 Venice Art Crawl Poster Winners and VAC President Sunny Bak pose with Santa

Alex and Edizen with Jonas Never, Coco and Jaypon, and friends

Venice Paparazzi’s Alex and Edizen with Hinano Cafe, Nighthawk: Breakfast and Bar, and Tavern on Main’s Mark Van Gessel

Venice Paparazzi would like to give a huge high five to Venice Sign’s Event Producer George Francisco and his team for throwing another fantastic and festive community party!  So fun!

Emcee Mike Newhouse and Venice Sign Event Producer George Francisco


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VP Fun Fact!

Venice Paparazzi has covered Venice Sign events since the inaugural event of the lighting of the restored Venice Sign in 2007.  If you were at a Venice Sign event, we may have taken a photo of you.  Re-live the best of  2007-2021 Venice Sign photos by Venice Paparazzi.

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About the Venice Sign:

The Venice Sign, a federally registered trademark of the Venice Chamber of Commerce and Venice’s most iconic symbol,  and attracts thousands of tourists to Venice. In 2007, the Venice Sign Restoration Project recreated and installed the contemporary version of this historic sign. Since that time, the Venice Chamber has been responsible for maintaining the sign and for protecting its trademark. Today this lasting legacy is restored across Windward Avenue as a tribute to the celebrated Venice of years past and a modern-day gateway to the world-famous Venice Beach. Continuing year-round, the Venice Chamber of Commerce, through programs and events, raises funds to support the maintenance of the Venice Sign.

To find out more about the Venice Sign and the Venice Chamber, visit VeniceChamber.net


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