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Mark Your Calendars — Venice Sign Holiday Lighting and Block party

Join the Venice Chamber of Commerce and local merchants at the 7th Annual Holiday Lighting of the Venice Sign on Saturday, December 7th, at the Venice Sign on Windward Avenue and Pacific Avenue. Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a pre-lighting free concert. The lighting of the Venice Sign will be at 8:00 p.m. Venice and special celebrity guest will pull the switch and change the Venice Sign colors to from white to red and green. Previous events featured celebrities like Matthew Modine, P!nk, Robert Downey Jr. Anjelica Huston and Robby Kreiger of The Doors.

During the event, the City of Los Angeles will close Windward Avenue east of Pacific Avenue for on-stage entertainment and exhibits. A limited number of tables are available to those who participate in the event as a sponsor, and tables will be available for purchase a la carte by businesses looking to introduce themselves, their service or products to the Venice community and for non-profits. Those interested can contact info@venicechamber.net or call 310-822-5425.

For the third year, the Venice Chamber of Commerce is bringing together all local public school children in a poster contest to illustrate what the holiday season means to them. The “My Venice Holiday” Poster Contest will feature the work of the winners of each grade level from the public grade schools in Venice. Poster contest winners, one each from grades K-5 from all of Venice’s public schools, will receive a $100 gift card and other assorted holiday presents. All entries will be posted for public display at the 7th annual Holiday Lighting of the Venice Sign. “ The Venice Art Crawl’s My Venice Holiday poster contest is the launching of the 2019 VAC Year of Children’s Art inspiring children to create more art. “They are the artists of the future in Venice” said Sunny Bak, Venice Art Crawl President.

The 5th Annual Venice Holiday Sign Lighting Hosted by Venice Chamber

The Venice Sign, a federally registered trademark of the Venice Chamber of Commerce and Venice’s most iconic symbol, 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. Those interested in adopting a bulb or donating can go to venicesign.org