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Light Up Lakewood: Reimagined
December 12, 2020 - December 20, 2020Virtual
LakewoodAlive has creatively reimagined the most joyous of Lakewood traditions — this year, we will be virtually connecting the community to safely bring the spirit of this beloved event to life. Light Up Lakewood is back for a 14th consecutive year, help us to #LiftUpLakewood with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2020 takes place virtually from Saturday, December 12 through Sunday, December 20.
Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and presented by LakewoodAlive, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of our city’s vibrancy. This virtual, family-friendly event will feature nine days of Lakewood holiday traditions that premier daily on Facebook and Instagram beginning December 12. The virtual event will kick off with our Lighting Ceremony that begins with a mini-parade featuring Light Up Lakewood celebrities including Santa, Grinch, & Buddy the Elf.
”Light Up Lakewood is such a fun celebration of the season and we wanted to do our best to keep the celebration alive, in a safe way,” said LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews. “We are thrilled to bring you nine days of videos featuring some of our favorite traditions of the event and hope it brings the community together during this uncertain time.”
Schedule of Virtual Events
• Saturday, December 12
Mini-Parade – 3 p.m.
Featuring Light Up Lakewood celebrities – Santa, Grinch, & Buddy the Elf. Live parade updates will be posted on LakewoodAlive’s social media. Click here for the parade route.
Lighting Ceremony – 7 p.m.
Join Santa, Buddy the Elf, Mayor Meghan George, and others as they flip the switch and light up Lakewood. Watch the video here.
• Sunday, December 13 – 7 p.m.
Story-Time with Lakewood Public Library
Join Librarian, Marge Foley, from Lakewood Public Library for a festive reading and finger puppet show of Snowmen at Night written by Caralyn Buehner and Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright. Snowmen at Night is a wintertime tale of what our roly-poly snowmen friends do at night while we sleep, a fun family favorite. Sneezy the Snowman is a story of a snowman who is too cold! Follow along with the creative ways he works to warm up. A silly snow-filled chilly adventure. We know that you and your family will enjoy every minute! Watch the video here.
• Monday, December 14 – 7 p.m.
Holiday Crafting with H2O
Today’s featured video is from Lakewood City School’s own, H2O – Help To Others where Ms.Chodzin and Ms.Hutchison show us how to make festive hot beverage sleeves. They share the step-by-step process of creating a fun and eco-friendly hot beverage essential in the spirit of Santa and Buddy the Elf! Thank you to H2O for sharing this wonderful holiday craft with us to help brighten up the season! Click here for the craft template.
Watch the video here.
• Tuesday, December 15 – 7 p.m.
Story Time with Lakewood Public Library
Librarian Julie Strunk shares two of her favorite wintertime books. The first book, The Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats tells the tale of a boy who explores his neighborhood after the season’s first snow fall. Ms. Strunk has a quick signing break and then shares her other favorite book, Frozen Noses written by Jan Carr. Frozen Noses describes the delights of such winter activities as throwing snowballs, making a snowman, and going ice skating. Tonight’s presentation will help us to plan all of the snowy fun we will have over the next few months! Watch the video here.
• Wednesday, December 16 – 7 p.m.
Ranger Café Holiday Special
Don your favorite holiday apron and Join Chef Rob McGorray, Teacher at West Shore Career-Tech, also lovingly referred to as Ranger Cafe at West Shore (located at Lakewood High School) as he makes a holiday favorite. Chef McGorray will tempt our tastebuds with his Peppermint Latte custard-style cheesecake with an oreo crust and a shiny ganache topping. Chef McGorray provides step-by-step instruction along with helpful hints on how to make the best cheesecake possible. This is a recipe that you’ll be sure to reference time and time again! The Ranger Cafe is run by both Chef McGorray and Chef Devan Corti. Click here for the recipe.
Watch the video here.
• Thursday, December 17 – 7 p.m.
Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 4th Grade Scholarship Reading
Jonah McAlister, a fourth grader at Grant Elementary reads his essay on “ Why I Love Lakewood.” Jonah talks about the walk and bikeability of the city, Lakewood Park and its great amenities, as well as all of the great events that are hosted annually like the 4th of July Parade, The Lakewood Summer Meltdown and Spooky Pooch Parade, just to name a few. Jonah says it best, “ Lakewood is a strong community, even a pandemic won’t break our spirit.” Thank you to Jonah for sharing his essay filled with so much Lakewood pride and thank you to the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the contest. Watch the video here.
• Friday, December 18 – 7 p.m.
Holiday Shopping Showcase
Small Business is the heart of our community and we hope that you will consider shopping small this season. Join us as we highlight the owners from Stem Soap, Apple Jax Toys and lion and blue and learn about their entrepreneurial spirit and journey while featuring their favorite products this holiday season. These Lakewood businesses are open and ready to help you give a friend or loved-one a special gift that’s heartfelt and supports the local economy. As you wind down your holiday shopping, make sure to keep it local. Watch the video here.
• Saturday, December 19 – 7 p.m.
This is a performance that you will not want to miss! Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with a special rendition of Silent Night from Lakewood City Schools Music Department. This video features hundreds of music students – band, orchestra, choir – from grades 6 through 12 who practiced and performed with holiday pizazz to create a magical performance. LakewoodAlive would like to thank all of the students, parents and Lakewood City Schools for helping to make tonight’s performance so special. Lakewood City Schools would like to also say thank you to the Lakewood Community for their continued support of the schools and the music program; and wish you a safe, healthy and happy 2021. Watch the video here.
• Sunday, December 20 – 7 p.m.
LakewoodAlive Staff Gratitude Feature
Our small but mighty team is passionate about our mission of fostering and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods. This video features the LakewoodAlive staff expressing our gratitude to the community while reflecting on 2020 and sharing our hopes for 2021. It’s been a wild year to say the least and we are grateful to play such a special role in the city we love. Watch the video here.
Light Up Lakewood Scholarship:
As part of our commitment to fostering and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods, LakewoodAlive partners with Avenue Home to provide two $500 scholarships to Lakewood residents who are high school juniors in the 2020-2021 school year. This scholarship celebrates community service, pride in Lakewood, and a commitment to further strengthening the community. The Light Up Lakewood Royalty Scholarship winners will be featured in our virtual Lighting Ceremony on December 12.
Light Up Lakewood 2020 is generously supported by the following sponsors:
Royalty Scholarship Sponsor