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Tree on display through December 31

Tree on display through December 31

On Thursday, November 30, over 6000 residents and guests gathered for Lakewood's 4th Annual Tree Lighting outside The Centre at Sycamore Plaza.

A special photo collection covering the event is online at the community gallery at www.lakewoodcity.org/treephotos.

Watch the Lakewood CityTV video of the event at www.lakewoodcity.org/treevideo.

If you missed the event, you can still enjoy the tree each night through December 31. It is lit with accompanying holiday music between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. in the plaza between city hall and The Centre at Sycamore Plaza at 5000 Clark Avenue. The sleigh and lit tree are available every night after 5:00 p.m. and are great places to take holiday photos.

"We appreciate the generous support of our sponsors and community partners who helped make this wonderful event so successful," said Mayor Diane DuBois.

The city's partners in the Tree Lighting event were:

Principal Sponsor - Lakewood Center
North Pole (gold level) sponsors - City Light & Power; Children’s Happy Teeth & Happy Braces
Candy Cane (silver level) sponsors - Water Replenishment Director John Allen
Community partner – Mimi’s Café; PFM Asset Management
Community group sponsors - Lakewood Lions Club; Su Casa—Ending Domestic Violence; Rotary Club of Lakewood; Pan Am Association; and Friends of the Lakewood Libraries.

Snow flurries were provided from overhead machines to the delight of children of all ages. An expanded selection of food trucks, face painting, free carnival games and photo stations with colorful backdrops and costumed characters engaged attendees. Dickens carolers provided a festive seasonal assortment of vocal melodies.

This year, the festivities began at 4:30 p.m., to give families more time to enjoy the food trucks, carnival games and to visit with Santa.

Two big highlights of the night: the lighting of the 24-foot-tall tree and an appearance by Santa Claus who listened to children's requests and posed for photos throughout the evening.