LakewoodAlive’s Festive Community Event Expected to Draw Thousands of Guests
It’s a most joyous of Lakewood traditions and it’s back in Downtown Lakewood for a 12th consecutive year. The spirit of the season will come to life with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2018 takes place on Saturday, December 1.
Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and presented by LakewoodAlive, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of our city’s vibrancy. This free, family-friendly event in Downtown Lakewood 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, drawing an estimated 20,000 guests each December.
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 the Holiday Market inside the historic Lakewood Masonic Temple, the ever-popular Holiday Parade, which commences at Manor Park Avenue at 5 p.m. and ends in front of Lakewood Public Library, live entertainment provided by bands and choirs, the Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at City Center Park and a can’t-miss fireworks show at 7 p.m. over the rooftops of Downtown Lakewood.
Schedule of Events for Light Up Lakewood 2018:
- 11 am – 1 pm – Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza
- 11 am – 4 pm – Ongoing performances at Lakewood Baptist Church
- 12 – 3 pm – Santa visits Lakewood Baptist Church
- 3 pm – King and Queen Ceremony at Plantation Home
- 4 pm – Festival Kickoff with the Holiday Market at the Lakewood Masonic Temple
- 5 pm – Start of Parade at Manor Park and Detroit Avenues, headed westbound on Detroit
- 5:30 – 8 pm – Ongoing performances at Lakewood Public Library
- 5:30 – 8:30 pm – Santa visits Lakewood Public Library
- 6:30 pm – Lighting Ceremony at Main Stage at City Center Park (in front of the Marc’s Plaza)
- 7 pm – Fireworks Show sponsored by First Federal Lakewood
“We are thrilled to once again welcome thousands of Lakewoodites and visitors from across the region for Light Up Lakewood, our signature community event,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “Whether you’re feeling the spirit of the holiday season or simply wish to enjoy a festive community atmosphere, perhaps no event better showcases our city’s vibrancy than this long-standing Lakewood tradition.”
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 2018-19 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. Visit LakewoodAlive.org/LightUpLakewood to access the scholarship application, which is due via email or postmarked November 15, 2018.
For more information and continued updates, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/LightUpLakewood.
Light Up Lakewood is generously supported by the following sponsors:
Title Sponsor and Fireworks Sponsor:
First Federal Lakewood
City of Lakewood
Beer Garden Sponsor:
Lakewood City Center
Photo Booth Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey and Chris Bergin, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty
King and Queen Scholarship Sponsor:
MLSound Design, LLC.