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

Can I still order a kit?

Online ordering is now closed, but Luminaria kits are on sale at Lookout Joe’s and Keepsake Photography after 12:30pm on Saturday, November 13th. 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. 


December 12th @ Dusk 

As part of our Luminaria festivities, the Mt. Lookout Business Association is once again hosting Light up Mt. Lookout Square! Continue to check back here for more details! There is also a brochure with family activities for Light Up Night included in all purchased kits.


Interested in helping out?  We are always looking for volunteers to help light up the square. If interested, please send an email to amorrisroe8@gmail.com.


If it’s too rainy or windy on Burn Night, the Luminaria Event will be moved to Sunday, Dec. 19. Notices about the change will be posted by 3 p.m. on December 12th via email, on this website, on our Facebook page (@mtlookout) and on Nextdoor.


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: