Tree Lighting in Lakewood…With Falling Snow!


Lakewood residents are cordially invited to join in the city’s 4th annual tree lighting ceremony and community gathering on Thursday, November 30 outside The Centre at Sycamore Plaza at 5000 Clark Ave., next to city hall.

New this year: To make the event more convenient to families who prefer to come early, carnival games and food trucks will be on the scene starting at 4:30 p.m. Santa will be ready to hear your children’s holiday wishes and take photos (with your own device) from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The official tree lighting program starts at 6:30 p.m. Festivities wrap up at 8:00 p.m.

Fun features include:

  • Lots of falling snow
  • Dickens carolers
  • More food trucks this year…and they will be located in the parking lot behind city hall where there’s more room to spread out and relax!
  • Wonderful and free family holiday photo opportunities. Costumed characters will help with several holiday photo scenes, including one with Santa and two large sleighs.

No reservations are required. Just come on down. Parking will be available behind The Centre and in the large, gravel parking lot at the corner of Del Amo Boulevard and Clark Avenue. The parking lots immediately in front of and behind city hall will be closed for use in the event.

There will be plenty of other opportunities to enjoy good cheer around the Lakewood tree if you can’t make the tree lighting on November 30. From December 1 through December 31, the tree will be on display in the plaza, providing an animated light show 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!

If it is raining the late afternoon of November 30, the event will be cancelled, but the tree will still be lit for the first time at 6:30 p.m. that evening. If the rain stops by 1:00 p.m., the event will go on, although some activities may be limited. For more information, including weather-related updates on November 30, visit or call city staff at 562-866-9771, extension 2140.