Virtual Light Up Lakewood

Virtual Light Up Lakewood

Eleana Murphy

For the past 14 years, LakewoodAlive has annually put on shows and events to create one of the most joyous of Lakewood traditions, especially around the holidays. If you don’t know what that is, it’s Light Up Lakewood. Light up Lakewood is held in early December every year in downtown Lakewood. Some would say it’s like a night festival with variety from games, food and drinking, fireworks, or even live concerts. The main event of the night is the countdown to light up the Christmas tree and the lights around Lakewood. All residents of Lakewood come together as one to enjoy the holiday season for the night and spread the holiday spirit and joy.

But due to COVID-19, this year they will be virtually bringing the community together to safely bring the spirit of this tradition to life. Light Up Lakewood 2020 takes place virtually from Saturday, December 12 through Sunday, December 20. This virtual, family-friendly event will feature nine days of Lakewood holiday traditions that premiere daily on Facebook and Instagram. The virtual event will kick off with a Lighting Ceremony that begins with a mini-parade featuring Light Up Lakewood celebrities including Santa, Grinch, & Buddy the Elf. If you look at the LakewoodAlive website, they have a chronological list of events.

”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.”

Light Up Lakewood is thought of as one of the main community traditions here. Especially around the holiday season, it really brings people together and demonstrates the beauty and vibrancy we all adore in Lakewood.