City of Lights 2018


In Lowell, you know its the Holiday season when the mayor counts down to light up City Hall at the culmination of the City of Lights Parade.  City of Lights is one of Lowell’s oldest traditions and truly an annual highlight on the city’s special events calendar.  Here are a quick look back at the sights of this year’s celebration on November 24th.

The City of Lights celebration began with a day full of activities including the Festival of Wreaths and the Hot Chocolate competition.

Mayor Samaras participated in judging the float parade.


Students from the LHS Production of A Christmas Carol

The five awards were given out as follows:

Mayor’s Award: Best in Parade—Greater Lowell Vocational High School

City Manager Award: Community Award: No Bully Zone Kids

Most Festive: Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 7

Most Creative:  Lowell High School

Best Use of Theme: Middlesex Community College


State Senator Elect Ed Kennedy chats with Lowla Bear

Congresswoman-Elect Lori Trahan joined members of the Lowell City Council and Lowell School Committee in marching at the front of the parade.


The parade began on Jackson St before turning left up Central St to Merrimack St.


The Mayor’s Award Winner, Greater Lowell Technical High School had a Grinch-themed float.

Lowell National Historical Park’s entry in the parade celebrated its recent 40th anniversary and the highly anticipated Lowell Quarter coming in 2019!


The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race was also among those featured.


And as always, the parade concluded with an appearance by Santa Claus!

Finally it was time for the Mayor to lead the countdown and light up City Hall!

All told it was another festive kickoff to the Holiday season.


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