Sat 12/7 @ 4-8PM
For thirteen years, the city of Lakewood has been marking the onset of the holiday season with its Light Up Lakewood celebration.
Families and people of all ages converge on downtown Lakewood — as many as 20,000 — for food, drink, an array of activities and entertainment, and the chance to browse the city’s many small retail establishments at their holiday best.
There will, of course, be a tree lighting ceremony — there seems to be a law about that. It takes place at 6:30pm. But that’s far from all: a parade starting at 5pm and winter fireworks at 7 enhance the event. There’s lots to do and see including a special holiday market in the Lakewood Masonic Temple, a holiday train, kids’ games, activities and visits from Santa at the Lakewood Public Library, ice carvings to ooh and aah over, and live entertainment. It’s all fueled by food from food trucks, a beer garden for the adults and hot chocolate for the kids.
Come down at little early and have lunch with Santa (who’s going to be very busy today)!) at Dewey’s Pizza from 11am-1pm, and take in performances by choirs, chorus and singers of all ages at the Lakewood Baptist Church from 11am-4pm. The church is also promising a “surprise visitor.” Hmmmm … wonder who THAT is?
Admission is free.