46th Annual Luminaria Event is Here. Sponsored by the Mt. Lookout Community Council

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!


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.

We hope you will support this important event as we celebrate all winter holidays as a community.


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 preordered their kits, expect to receive them at your doorstep after this Saturday, November 13. If you ordered a kit and did not receive yours, please contact Alexis Morrisroe at amorrisroe8@gmail.com

Still Need a Kit?

Luminaria kits are still on sale at Lookout Joe’s and Keepsake Photography today. 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. 

LIGHT UP NIGHT

December 12th @ 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

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. Masks are encouraged if not fully vaccinated and social distancing is appreciated. Thank you to Lookout Joe’s for donating the hot chocolate and to Rohde Funeral Home for allowing us to use their front lot.

Traveling Light Show

Back by popular demand! Doug Borntrager and The Projections Connections light show will travel around Mt. Lookout on Light Up Night. Catch their BLINK-style show at one of the times and locations below:

6:00pm-6:30pm: Cincinnati Observatory

7:00pm-7:30pm: Mt. Lookout Square Business District

8:00pm-8:30pm: Kilgour Elementary Track and Field

* Please note: we will do our best to adhere to this schedule. Due to weather, traffic and technicalities, there may be delays. We appreciate your understanding.

HISTORY OF THE EVENT

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.

Thank you to our 2021 Luminaria Sponsors: