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Mr. A's Christmas lights: a holiday tradition

One of San Diego’s most beloved holiday traditions is celebrating its 47th year: the “Mister A’s Holiday Display” high atop the Mr. A’s building on Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street in Bankers Hill.

On clear nights, the lights can be seen all the way down to Tijuana, Mexico, as far north as La Jolla and even over in Point Loma, which is exactly what the display’s creator, original building owner John Alessio, intended, his son Bud Alessio said.

“There wasn’t much up here in Uptown back in 1965,” Bud Alessio said, who is now the building’s current owner. “So it made us stand out even more.”

John Alessio created the display as a beacon for the area’s children, his son said, and every Thanksgiving night since 1965 the lights are turned on – often covered live on local news – and are taken down a week after New Year’s Day, like clockwork.

Read the full story in SDGLN media partner San Diego Uptown News HERE.