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Light Up Lakewood 2018

December 1

Light Up Lakewood

Thanks to everyone who helped make Light Up Lakewood 2017 such a memorable and festive holiday celebration!  We look forward to hosting the 12th Annual Light Up Lakewood on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Downtown Lakewood.

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Alex Belisle / Faces of Lakewood
Jacob Chabowski / The Lakewood Observer


Light Up Lakewood 2017 Ushers in Holiday Season with Festive Celebration

December 7, 2017

Twinkling lights illuminated Detroit Avenue, fireworks popped in the early December sky under a full moon and an aura of merriment filled the city’s downtown district.  The holiday season is now officially underway in Lakewood.

Light Up Lakewood 2017

Photo by Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood

People from across the region descended upon Downtown Lakewood in droves on Saturday, December 2, to partake in the holiday tradition that is Light Up Lakewood.  A festive crowd estimated at 20,000 attendees enjoyed LakewoodAlive’s 11th annual holiday community event celebrating the spirit of the season and the richness of the city’s vibrancy.

Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood, Light Up Lakewood 2017 kicked off with Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza followed by joyous musical performances at Lakewood Baptist Church.  The festivities then shifted to Plantation Home, where Lakewood High School juniors Erin Black and Greg Medley were honored as Queen and King of Light Up Lakewood.  Erin and Greg were both awarded $500 scholarships from owner David Stein in recognition of their outstanding service to the community.

Light Up Lakewood 2017The doors to Vendor Village at the historic Lakewood Masonic Temple opened at 4 p.m. and the Holiday Parade stepped off west-bound along Detroit Avenue one hour later.  First Federal Lakewood President & CEO Tom Fraser and Board Chair W. Charles (Chas) Geiger III served as Grand Marshals of the parade.

Crowd-pleasers Buddy The Elf and The Grinch highlighted the popular Holiday Parade, which included participants ranging from student organizations to huskies to, of course, Santa.  Festival-goers lined both sides of Detroit Avenue taking in the sights and sounds of the parade, which featured 30 participating groups.

The Lighting Ceremony commenced at Lakewood City Center Park with remarks from Mayor Michael Summers and with Poet Laureate Bill Knittel reciting his latest Light Up Lakewood poem entitled “All Along.”  After a crowning ceremony for Erin and Greg, Kirsten Loyd – a fourth grader who won the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s “Why I Love Lakewood” essay contest – read her piece, and the Peddlers of Mirth performed holiday carols for the delighted crowd.

Buddy, Santa and his elf joined Kirsten to flip the big red switch and illuminate City Center Park before fireworks sparkled over the rooftops of Downtown Lakewood to culminate the festive celebration.

Light Up Lakewood 2017

Photo by Jacob Chabowski/The Lakewood Observer

The free, family-friendly community event also included musical performances at Lakewood Public Library, live music courtesy of The Sellouts, outdoor carolers and musicians, DJs, ice carvings, free hot chocolate, food trucks and children’s games.

“It truly takes a village to orchestrate a volunteer-driven event the magnitude of Light Up Lakewood,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director for LakewoodAlive.  “We’re extremely grateful to the City of Lakewood, First Federal Lakewood, our Light Up Lakewood Committee, our partner organizations and businesses, our sponsors and the 60 volunteers who made this incredible community celebration possible.”




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Light Up Lakewood News
12/6 –  Light Up Lakewood 2017 Ushers in Holiday Season with Festive Celebration
12/1  –  Queen and King Selected for Light Up Lakewood 2017
11/30 – Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Announces 4th Grade Essay Contest Winner
11/29 – First Federal Lakewood President & CEO Tom Fraser Named Grand Marshal for Light Up Lakewood 2017 Parade
11/16 – A Beginner’s Guide to Attending Light Up Lakewood 2017
11/14 – The Top 10 Traditions of Light Up Lakewood 2017
10/25 – Celebration with Illumination: Light Up Lakewood 2017 to Spread Holiday Cheer on December 2


Title Sponsor and Fireworks Sponsor

First Federal Lakewood

Snowflake Sponsor

City of Lakewood Logo

Lighting Sponsor

Lakewood City Center

Sparkle Sponsors

Convey 360     Cleveland Clinic Lakewood

Lakewood Anglican Church   Roundstone Insurance Logo

Photo Booth Sponsor

Eric Lowrey - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

King and Queen Scholarship Sponsor

Plantation Home

Jingle Sponsors

Ohio Savings Bank Logo     The University of Akron, School of Social Work, Lakewood Campus       Lakewood Catholic Academy

Twinkle Sponsors

      Cox    Dewey's Pizza   Dollar Bank

Host Venues

Lakewood Masonic Temple | Lakewood Public Library | Lakewood Baptist Church


December 1
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Downtown Lakewood
14701 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107 United States
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