LAKEWOOD, Ohio – For a decade and a half, the official start of the holiday season for many has been Light up lakewood.
After a successful virtual affair last year due to the pandemic, the festive outdoor community event in downtown LakewoodAlive returns in person from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 4 along Detroit Avenue.
“Light Up Lakewood is all about traditions,” said LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews.
“People look forward to it every year. Enjoying the holiday season is just a great tradition, and we are excited to bring it back to the community.
Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and presented by LakewoodAlive, Light Up Lakewood features Holiday Parade, Lighting Ceremony, Winter Fireworks, Roundstone Beer Garden, Holiday Train, Live Music, ice sculptures, hot chocolate, food trucks and children’s games.
Attendees are invited to stroll through downtown Lakewood and visit local shops and restaurants while enjoying the sights and sounds of one of Northeast Ohio’s biggest vacation celebrations.
“I’m really excited about some of our programs,” Andrews said. “We add a few elements and in a way underline the family character of the event.
“We were donated a 25ft inflatable snowman which is going to be such a cool thing to see and take pictures with the family. We will have the railless train, hot chocolate. These are new things and old traditions that will be really fun for families.
While LakewoodAlive had high hopes that Light Up Lakewood would return this year, Andrews said nothing was guaranteed.
“We took a very careful approach to make sure everything we did was done in a healthy and safe manner,” Andrews said. “While planning would normally start at the very start of the year, we were really able to get started around mid-summer. “
Changes to Light Up Lakewood include the replacement of previously interior components with an exterior site.
“We would have a covered holiday market, which we now have outside on the street with our vendors,” Andrews said. “Some of the library’s activities are also going to take place on the streets.”
Before the pandemic, Light Up Lakewood would see crowds of up to 20,000 people. Andrews is optimistic that the 2021 affair will see people return to the downtown event.
“This is something that the people of Lakewood and across the region look forward to each year,” said Andrews. “We’re excited to be able to not only bring it back, but also take it forward, kick off new traditions, and add new elements that we think will keep it fresh and fun.”
“We are really excited and look forward to people having a good time celebrating the vacation in Lakewood. “
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