Lakewood tree lighting event returns Friday Dec. 4

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Lakewood‘s tree lighting tradition continues this year with a special, expanded evening program outside The Centre at Sycamore Plaza on Friday, December 4. The Civic Center plaza along Clark Avenue at Hardwick Street will sparkle with new features including snow, sing-a-longs, and food trucks. Face painting and free carnival games will be sponsored in part by Lakewood Center. Corner Bakery will offer free dessert bites and hot coffee to attendees. Several holiday photo opportunities will also be available, including one with Santa!

Families will enjoy photo opportunities at the tree and its adjacent large red sleigh. Games and food trucks will be open for guests starting at 5:30 p.m. City Council Members will welcome the crowd at 6:30 p.m. and join in the official lighting of the decorated tree.

No reservations are required. Parking will be available in the rear Centre-City Hall parking lots. The parking lot in front of city hall will be closed as it will be used for the event.

There will be plenty of opportunities for Lakewood residents and friends to enjoy some holiday good cheer around the Lakewood tree if you can’t make the tree lighting on December 4. From December 5 through January 3, the tree will be on display in the plaza between city hall and The Centre at Sycamore Plaza at 5000 Clark Avenue, providing an animated light show on the tree that changes colors to music continuously from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. each night. Stop by and enjoy the splendor of the winter holidays! It’s also a great place to take a family holiday photo.

If it is raining the late afternoon and early evening of December 4, the event will be cancelled, but city council members will still light the tree at 6:30 p.m. If any rains stops by 3:00 p.m., the event will go on, although some activities may be limited.

For more information, including weather-related updates on December 4, visit or call city staff at 562-866-9771, extension 2140. Call extension 3123 on December 4.

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