Lakewood Lights

Next date: Friday, December 06, 2019 | 05:30 PM to Saturday, December 07, 2019 | 08:30 PM

Holiday Lights at the Heritage Center

Gather your friends, family and neighbors for this annual celebration! Join us for a tree lighting ceremony, then enjoy a stroll among the light displays or hop on a wagon ride, listen to festive live music and warm up with roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate. Spin the dreidel to get coin-shaped chocolate gelt. Snap a photo with jolly old Santa Claus or craft an ornament to commemorate this happy holiday. 

Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony 

The lights turn on Friday, Dec. 6 at 5:45 p.m. 


The Heritage Center will be glowing with a spectacular display of holiday cheer. All of our buildings will be open to the public and decorated for the occasion.

Red Barn decorated with holiday lights

Photos with Santa

Get your photo taken with the big guy himself! Santa will be setup in his temporary workshop, located in the Lakewood Heritage Center Visitor Center both Friday and Saturday night. Santa posing with children

Friday: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Both meet and greets and photos are free. 

Holiday Treats

Hot cocoa and cookiesChild drinking cocoa at Lakewood Lights
Warm up with a holiday favorite snack of hot cocoa and cookies. Available for free in the diner. 
Suggested donation: $1

Roasted Chestnuts
We'll be roasting chestnuts in the 1930s Farmhouse all evening using our beautiful vintage Detroit Jewel Gas Stove, c. 1924. 

Chocolate Gelt 
We'll be handing out chocolate gelt from the 1920s Streer Peterson House.

Festive Activities

Tractor-pulled hay wagon rides Tractor decorated in holiday lights
Take a ride on a hay wagon pulled by our 1940 McCormick Farmall “H” tractor!

Holiday crafts
Warm up in the Country Schoolhouse where you and the kids can do holiday crafts. New this year, ZigZag Explorer wants you come discover Italy's Le Befana! A friendly witch that goes around giving presents to kids that are good and coal to kids that are naughty! Sound familiar!? Come create your own Le Befana! Crafting, coloring and a Taste of Italy.Kids playing dreidle at Lakewood Lights

Then, join Great Work Montessori in the Calving Barn to make your own snowflakes.

Dreidel & Gelt
Spin the Dreidel and win chocolate gelt in our 1920s Streer Peterson House.

Vote for your favorite lamp post!Children climbing on a lamp post
We invite our community groups, nonprofits and local organizations to get in the spirit and help us dress up our site by “adopting” a lamp post and decorating it for the occasion. 

They’ll each “adopt” a lamp post to decorate and it’s your job to pick a winner! Stop by our site anytime Friday, Dec. 6 or Saturday, Dec. 7 to look at all the lamp posts and vote on your favorite. Pick up and submit your ballots from the outdoor box office window at the Visitor Center.

Congratulations to last year's winners: Green Mountain Future Farmers of America


Adopt a Lamp Post

 Spay Today Lamp Post

We invite our community groups to participate in the city of Lakewood’s second annual Holiday Lamp Post Decorating Contest! Join us in “dressing up for the holidays” by “adopting” a lamp post on our site and decorating it for the occasion.

If you're a local group who is interested in getting involved, please read through the guidelines below and submit the online entry form by November 15. 

How it Works

Join us in “dressing up for the hol-idays” by “adopting” a lamp post on our site and deco-rating it for the occasion. Our goal is to highlight the diversity and culture of our community during this year end celebration. Join us in this fun and friendly competition! 

VotingKiwanis Club Lamp Post

During the annual Lakewood Lights event, the community will vote on their favorite lamp posts. Voting will begin December 6 at 5:30 p.m. and continue until the winner is announced on December 7 at 8 p.m. 


1st place receives a year of bragging rights, a trophy with the group’s name inscribed to be kept at the winner’s location for a year, a group tour of the Heritage Center, and a $500 credit towards meeting and event spaces at the LHC.  

Decorating Guidelines

We have 15 lamp posts up for grabs here at the Heritage Center and we welcome creativity & holiday spirit! You may promote your club, school, church, business, or other organization without specific business solicitation. Please keep all décor “family friendly”. 

The City of Lakewood reserves the right to re-assign lamp posts, deny inappropriate submissions and to remove any decorations that are not being maintained. 

  • Specific lamp posts on site will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • You must complete and submit the registration form below by November 15.
  • Lamp post designs should be creative & festive, depicting the mission of each organization.
  • Please use zip ties and ribbon to attach decorations to lamp posts, do not use wire or any adhesives.
  • Decorations can reach up to 8’ high, but no more than 1’-2’ out from the base of the pole.
  • Adopting group is responsible for purchasing and maintaining the decorations.
  • The City reserves the right to remove any display if it is deemed appropriate.
  • All posts must be decorated by Thursday, December 5.
  • All decorations must be removed no later than Friday, January 3.

Submit an Entry Form

Click here to view form.


  • Friday, December 06, 2019 | 05:30 PM - Saturday, December 07, 2019 | 08:30 PM


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