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City of Lakewood’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 2, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Lakewood residents are cordially invited to join in the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony and community gathering on Friday, Dec. 2 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. outside The Centre at 5000 Clark Ave., next to City Hall.

  • The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. with free carnival games and food trucks on the scene. The food trucks will be located in the parking lot behind City Hall where there’s more room to spread out and relax.
  • Plenty of wonderful and free family holiday photo opportunities!
  • Holiday musical entertainment provided by the Artesia High School and Golden Sands choral groups.
  • Santa will be ready to hear your children’s holiday wishes and take photos (with your own device) from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Costumed characters will help with several holiday photo scenes, including one with Santa and two large sleighs.
  • At 6:30 p.m., Santa joins the Lakewood City Council in lighting the 24-foot-tall Lakewood tree and beckoning the snowfall for a magical holiday experience. 
  • From 7 to 8 p.m., Santa returns to seeing children, and the carnival games and food trucks continue. 

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

If it is raining the late afternoon of Dec. 2, 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 p.m., the event will go on, although some activities may be limited.

For more information, including weather-related updates on Dec. 2, visit or call city staff at 562-866-9771, extension 2408.


December 2, 2022
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Lakewood City Hall
5050 Clark Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712 United States
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