Light Up Lakewood 2018
December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Usher in the holiday season with this time-honored Lakewood tradition now in its 12th year. The spirit of the season will come to life with festive cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2018 takes place on Saturday, December 1, in Downtown Lakewood.
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 community 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 at 5 p.m. and ends in front of the Lakewood Public Library, live entertainment provided by bands and choirs, the Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Stage at City Center Park and a can’t-miss fireworks show at 7 p.m. over the rooftops of Downtown Lakewood.
– 11 am – 1 pm – Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza
– 3 pm – King and Queen Ceremony at Plantation Home
– 4 pm – Festival Kickoff with Holiday Market at the Lakewood Masonic Temple
– 5 pm – Start of Parade at Manor Park and Detroit Avenue, headed westbound on Detroit
– 6:30 pm – Lighting Ceremony at the Main Stage at City Center Park
– 7 pm – Fireworks Show sponsored by First Federal Lakewood
More details regarding Light Up Lakewood 2018 will be unveiled in the coming months so check back regularly for updates. Don’t miss this most joyous of Lakewood holiday traditions on December 1!
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. The scholarship application is due by November 15, 2018.
Interested in sponsoring Light Up Lakewood?
View sponsorship opportunities or call 216-521-0655.
Want to serve as a street vendor during Light Up Lakewood?
View the street vendor application.
Seeking to participate in the Light Up Lakewood Holiday Parade?
Fill out the parade application.
Light Up Lakewood News
March 15, 2018 – Mark Your Calendar: LakewoodAlive Unveils 2018 Schedule of Community Events
December 6, 2017 – Light Up Lakewood 2017 Ushers in Holiday Season with Festive Celebration
Title Sponsor and Fireworks Sponsor
King and Queen Scholarship Sponsor