Light Up Lake Elmo postponed due to weather

Community tree lighting, cocoa, Santa visit to take place Dec. 14 instead

Baby, it’s cold outside -- too cold for an outdoor celebration in Lake Elmo this weekend, say Light Up Lake Elmo organizers.

With a very sub-zero forecast ahead, they announced Friday that Light Up Lake Elmo would no longer kick off on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The inaugural holiday celebration, which will feature a community tree lighting, complimentary cocoa and cider and a Santa visit, is now scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the vacant lot near the Lake Elmo Inn on 34th Street North.

Lights on the decorated trees will be switched on every weekend through New Year’s Day, and then the trimmings will be donated to the FamilyMeans Cimarron youth programs.  It’s the first initiative organized by Next Gen, a new group of about a dozen 20- to 40-somethings focused on bringing the community together.

The hope is to attract people to downtown, while offering promotion for various businesses through tree sponsorship. It costs $50 and includes a plaque to identify a tree’s sponsor.


Saturday’s forecast calls for sun, but has temperatures at zero with wind chills as low as 30-below during the day, according to the National Weather Service. A just as biting night is anticipated, dipping to sub-zero temperatures -- 16-below wind chills -- with a slight chance of snow.

It’s expected to get back to a balmy 20 degrees by Thursday, which Light Up Lake Elmo organizers hope will make for a tolerably chilly weekend.

For more information, contact Alyssa MacLeod at 651-747-3908 or

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