Light Up Lakewood
It’s a most joyous of Lakewood traditions and it’s back for another year. The spirit of the season will come to life with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2016 takes place on Saturday, December 3, within the city’s seasonally-illuminated downtown district.
Presented by LakewoodAlive in conjunction with many generous businesses and organizations, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of the city’s vibrancy. This free, family-friendly event on Detroit Avenue features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children’s games and much more.
Attendees are invited to stroll Lakewood’s downtown district and visit local stores and restaurants while taking in the sights and sounds of one of Northeast Ohio’s largest holiday celebrations. Light Up Lakewood serves as a marquee event for the entire region, having drawn an estimated 25,000 guests last year.
Light Up Lakewood represents a day-long celebration that starts with Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and doesn’t end until the music stops playing at 8 p.m. Guests’ sensory perceptions will be delighted by the twinkle of holiday lights, the cheerful sounds of carolers and the warmth exuded by the festive, friendly atmosphere.
Highlights include Vendor Village inside the historic Masonic Hall, the ever-popular Holiday Parade, which commences at Manor Park at 5 p.m. and ends in front of the Lakewood Public Library, live entertainment provided by bands, choirs and dancers, the Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the newly-located Main Stage at City Center Park and a can’t-miss fireworks show at 6:45 p.m. over the rooftops of Downtown Lakewood.
Schedule of Events:
11 am – 1 pm – Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza
11 am – 4:30 pm – Ongoing performances at Barton Center with a surprise visitor
3 pm – King and Queen Ceremony at Plantation Home
4 pm – Festival Kickoff with Vendor Village and Food Court opening
5 pm – Start of Parade at Manor Park and Detroit Avenue, headed westbound on Detroit
5 – 8:30 pm – Santa visits Lakewood Public Library (bring your camera!)
5:30 – 8 pm – Ongoing performances at Lakewood Public Library
6:30 pm – Lighting Ceremony at Main Stage at City Center Park (in front of the Marc’s Plaza)
6:45 pm – Fireworks Show
Sign up here to be a vendor at Light Up Lakewood.
Light Up Lakewood Festival Queen and King Scholarship Application
As part of our commitment to fostering and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods, LakewoodAlive partners with Plantation Home owner David Stein to provide two $500 scholarships to Lakewood residents who are high school juniors in the 2016-17 school year. This scholarship celebrates community service, pride in Lakewood, and a commitment to further strengthening the community. Six finalists will be selected to be interviewed, three for the Queen and three for the King. One Queen and one King will be chosen by the selection committee as the scholarship recipients. Click here for the scholarship application, which is due via email or postmarked November 11, 2016.
For more information, call Ian Andrews at 216-521-0655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.