47th Annual Luminaria Event is Coming Soon, Sponsored by the Mt. Lookout Community Council

Sunday, December 11th, 2022, 6pm-8pm

Organized by the MLCC and Mt. Lookout Business Association, Luminaria is an annual holiday tradition enjoyed by all in our community. On Light Up Night, residents and businesses throughout the community line our streets and sidewalks with inviting luminaries to light up the night and celebrate the season!

Thank you to our 2021 Luminaria Sponsors:

A Dash Beauty Studio *  Delwood *  Sibcy Cline *  Total Eclipse Salon *  Nailtique * The Redmoor *  TriYoga with LQ*

Boogie Brand * Wimberg Landscaping * JDM Printing & Apparel, LLC * CVS Pharmacy * Lookout Joe’s * Sago *

Keepsake Photography Studio * Delev & Associates, LLC *  Mt. Lookout TV and Electronics * Mt. Lookout Smoke Shop *

Geo. H. Rohde & Son Funeral Home * Ramundo’s Pizzeria * Zip’s Cafe * Mt Lookout Shoe Repair * Lash Boutique * 

Luminaria is Your community council’s ONLY fundraiser!  The Mt. Lookout Community Council is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from Luminaria kit sales are directly reinvested into your neighborhood, including beautification and maintenance of Mt. Lookout Square, including landscaping, seasonal flower pots, and holiday lights, as well as the Mt. Lookout Fall Festival, Ault Park Fireworks and more. Additionally, the MLCC serves as your liaison between Mt. Lookout and City Hall, so having a strong community is key to making our voices heard.

Interested in Supporting Luminaria 2022? 

This year each kit will include a Luminaria Program book highlighting local businesses, families and residents. The program book will reach approximately 900 Mt. Lookout neighborhood households, and business sponsors will be listed on our website and Facebook pages (which has over 1500 members) and shared via email (reaching over 1700 people each month).  MLCC is a registered 501(c)4. We hope you will partner with us for what is sure to be a wonderful event. Note: Mt. Lookout square businesses will receive a complimentary luminaria kit with any ad purchase.

___ Full page color ad – $300

___ Half-page color ad (4.5in x 3.5in) — $200

___ Quarter-page color ad (2in x 3.5in OR 4.5in x 1.5in) — $100

___ One-line business/family name mention — $50


Please select your sponsorship level

Sponsorship Due: October 14, 2022


Please complete the Luminaria Program Sponsorship 2022 form. You may then submit payment online via PayPal (You do not need a PayPal account). Please note, there will be a convenience fee for purchasing online. You may also send the completed form and payment to:

Attn: Luminaria Sponsorship
P.O. Box 8444
Cincinnati, OH 45208

All checks should be made out to: MLCC. We will be in touch with you directly regarding event details and logistics. You can email your logo or/or ad to Elizabeth.L.Vitale@gmail.com in jpeg form. 


How do I Buy a Luminaria Kit?

Luminaria kits are now available for purchase online at the PayPal link below. You do not need a PayPal account to purchase a kit online. Mt. Lookout residents will receive a yellow paper order form with details in their mailboxes mid/late October. Kits are $25 each, or two for $40. Each additional kit is $25. Each kit includes: 

  • 24 white paper bags
  • 24 votive candles
  • Sand
  • Front-door delivery to your home

For those who preorder their kits, expect to receive them at your doorstep soon after Saturday, November 12. A limited supply of kits will be available for sale at Lookout Joe’s and Keepsake Photography after November 12. Both shops are located in the square and will sell kits while supplies last. Cash or check is preferred. You will be asked to complete a short form so that we can keep track of all orders. Please allow yourself enough time to complete this form and return it back to Lookout Joe’s or Keepsake Photography staff at the time of your purchase. 



MLCC Luminaria Kit 2021



December 11th @ Dusk 

Luminaria in Mt. Lookout is meant to celebrate the winter season and all those holidays that fall within it. We invite you to enjoy Light Up Night with your family and close friends, and explore the neighborhood.

Light Up Night Family Activities

Trolley Rides, Cookies and Cocoa

Join us from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for cookies, snacks and hot chocolate in the Square! All food will be individually wrapped and available for self-serve. After you’ve had your fill, step onto an old-fashioned trolley and enjoy the holiday lights. Thank you to Lookout Joe’s for donating the hot chocolate and to Rohde Funeral Home for allowing us to use their front lot.

More festivities coming soon!


Every year people ask – “How did Luminaria start in Mt. Lookout?”  Well now you have your answers…

Luminaria began out of necessity in 1975. The birth of Luminaria was due in part for the need to raise funds for a float to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial in 1976.  The Mt. Lookout Civic Club (now the Mt. Lookout Community Council) did not have the funds to pay for the tissue paper squares needed to stuff the chicken-wire frame float. Luckily for the Civic Club and following generations of Mt. Lookout residents, Mrs. Georgia McCartney recalled a Spanish custom adopted by an Arizona community she visited the previous year. The Spanish custom included lighting bonfires to guide the Christ Child into people’s homes during the  holiday season. The tradition has evolved into using paper bags with candles inside for the purpose of guiding guests to the household. Mr. Elmer Scherman, the first Luminaria Chairman, recalls that approximately 900 kits were sold that first year for $3.75 each. The holiday tradition has continued ever since.