Light Up Lake Jackson
The ending of Festival of Lights is
just the beginning Light Up Lake Jackson!
Let the holidays begin!
How to participate
Light Up Lake Jackson was designed during COVID as a way to have a safe and fun holiday celebration for residents and visitors. It became an annual event after the magnificent response from residents who were delighted with the month-long festivities.
The 2nd Annual Light Up Lake Jackson occurs on our FB page and our website. This includes rules, procedures, downloads and entry forms. We also announce the winners. Winners will receive their prizes and awards in person at City Hall.
It begins as the last event of the Festival of Lights and runs until Santa tours the neighborhoods.
The events and contests are free to all.
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT HOUSE DECORATING | DECORATE WITH LIGHTS CONTEST & MAP OF LIGHTS ENTRIES
We have not released the participation instructions on this event yet. When we do, it will be on our FB page and website. Keep looking and following our FB page to learn when to put your house on the map. When you do, you are in the contest and Santa's Elves will drive by your house when you aren't looking!
Watch The Grinch (2018) at the Festival of Lights 8:30 November. 20
When the Festival of Lights Parade is over, Light Up Lake Jackson Movie Night begins at the Civic Center!
Downtown Selfie Booths December 1-27
Make your own holiday photos at our four selfie booths scattered around City Hall and our fabulous mid-century downtown..
Santa's Letter Mailbox Drop-Off @ City Hall December 1-19
Santa's elves are ready to deliver all the children's letters from the special Santa Mailbox at City Hall. If you mail your letters by Dec. 19 the elves will take them to Santa who will reply to the address provided on the letters! After mailing the letters, enjoy the candy-cane decorated trees and take a selfie at the selfie booth.
Color the Lights: Kids Coloring Competition
The popular Children’s Coloring Contest is now underway! Prizes are:
1st Place $50
2nd Place $25
3rd Place $10
Do you know a Lake Jackson kiddo that likes to color? If so, follow the directions below to enter them for a chance to win the Light Up Lake Jackson Color the Lights contest! Make sure to add contact information (phone number or email) on the back of the coloring sheet in case they win! Please email email@example.com if you are unable to drop-off your coloring sheet due to disability or circumstance.
From the link above, select a sheet designed for the age range of the child who will be coloring.
Print the sheet from the link above or come to City Hall to pick the sheet up.
Drop the colored sheet off at City Hall on or before December 8. You can drop it off 24/7 at our drive 0
We will upload the sheets to our FB page. Between December 10 and 14, get everyone to like the
coloring sheet you want to win! The sheets with the most LIKES wins gets the prizes!
We will announce the winners on December 15!
Printable coloring sheets available at: https://www.lakejackson-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6543/coloring-contest-sheets
December 2-8 Nominate the Light: Most-Giving Citizens Award December 6-13
We recognize the LJ residents who light up our holidays! The winner receives a monetary award and bit thank you from the City that appreciates the way they light up our community!
Draw the Lights: All-Ages Drawing Contest December 9-15
As a way to honor and celebrate the vibrant creative community in Lake Jackson, Draw the Lights recognizes drawings of all types. We welcome any form of creative expression. We'll even return the drawing if you write the instructions on the back of the entry. Winners receive monetary awards.
Residents throughout the city enter their addresses into a drivable map that allows passers-by to celebrate the season! One of our most popular events, Drive the Lights encourages drivers to grab a thermal of hot chocolate, load the car or SUV or pickup and make Lake Jackson your holiday destination! Santa's elves are in town for the event and even though you won't see them, they drive the map too and pick the best decorated home. They announce their decision on FB!
REGISTRATION: Has ended! Watch out for our 2022 event!
PRIZES: Do you have the most festive house in Lake Jackson? Decorate the exterior of your home for the holidays and enter for a chance to win a gift card to the LJ business of your choice!
1st place wins $200
2nd place wins $150
3rd place wins $100
Judging will take place December 10 through the 15.
The winners will be contacted and posted on December 16. All submitted addresses will be added to a map of drivable lights in Lake Jackson for the public to enjoy as well. The virtual map will be available beginning on December 10.
Search for the Lights: Scavenger Hunt December 17
The entire city is up for the Scavenger Hunt. The special event encourages families from everywhere to hunt for clues about Lake Jackson and then bring their solved puzzle to the City Hall lobby where they collect prizes! The hunt is announced on FB exclusively but everyone gets their prizes from Santa's elves at City Hall! The 2022 Search for the Lights Scavenger hunt clues will be released 10 a.m. Dec. 17. HINT: All the locations are in downtown LJ!
Proof of residency required to choose from 100 prizes. One prize per household.
Santa's Lights: Santa Tours Throughout LJ on a Firetruck December 18-19
There's only one place on earth that Santa comes to the neighborhood early and that place is Lake Jackson! Santa rides through the city spreading his special magic on Lake Jackson and assuring all the good little boys and girls that he is indeed heading to their house this year. Santa even comes with a real-life GPS and you can watch where he goes on the website.