After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, Little Italy San Diego’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Village was back. I was able to capture the Tree Lighting Ceremony that had dignitaries like San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and State Assemblyman Christopher Ward. Other speakers included New City America and Little Italy Association (LIA) Chief Executive Administrator Marco Li Mandri, LIA Board President Steve Galasso, and San Diego City Councilman Stephen Whitburn of District 3. All of them gave updates on the status of the Little Italy neighborhood and encouraged guests to patronize local small businesses. At the end the chief pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, an Italian National Parish, Fr. Joe Tabigue gave a prayer and blessing then helped with the tree lighting countdown, done in Italian of course! You can view the video here. I encourage you to shop and eat in San Diego’s Little Italy this holiday season! Buon Natale!