Video: Despite the rain, Light Up Lakewood brings holiday cheer to the neighborhood

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Students sing Christmas carols for the crowd.

Light Up Lakewood was back on Friday in full force. Yes, there was rain, but that didn’t keep away neighborhood residents from having fun.

From 6 to 8 p.m., crowds gathered in the Lakewood Shopping Center at Gaston & Abrams to take in the Christmas extravaganza that has grown from a humble beginning in 2002. Founder Elizabeth Mast started the tradition as a customer appreciation event for her store, Talulah and Hess.

Daniel Barron walks through the crowd on stilts.
Daniel Barron walks through the crowd on stilts.

Now, other businesses in the area have joined to create an evening that gives everyone a chance to visit shops, hear Christmas carols and take photos with Santa.

Of course, the event isn’t complete without Santa turning on the giant switch to light up the Christmas tree next to the plaza.

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