Our Traditions

From musical gatherings called Hootenannies to a student written and performed opera, Lamplighter offers unique traditions where all are welcomed to participate. Alumni affectionately recount memories of square dancing in kindergarten and serving as crew members for the chicken and egg corporation run by fourth grade students. Here are a few of the many beloved Lamplighter traditions.


Step right up….test your skills on the midway, have your face painted, and munch on the tastiest of culinary carnival treats. Since 1969, Lamplighter’s Carnival has been a can’t-miss afternoon and evening for current families as well as a special time for impromptu alumni reunions.

Halloween Parade

Mermaids, superheroes, cowboys, and princesses create this colorful parade of characters and a picturesque photo opportunity for parents.


What happens when you gather a school full of children, mix in singing, and add a dash of laughter….you get a hootenanny. Since its earliest days, Lamplighter has enjoyed these unique gatherings.

International Night

From aboriginal art to Chinese lanterns, you can visit over 20 countries in less than two hours. Lamplighter’s International Night allows families to "tour" the world, sample food, participate in craft projects, and enjoy live entertainment.

Lamplighter Layers

Where are the freshest eggs in town? Right here at Lamplighter! Since its founding in l970, Lamplighter Layers, a chicken and egg corporation, has been operated by students in fourth grade. Students elect officers and serve each week as crew members responsible for the care of the chickens and the selling of eggs at carpool.

Senior Opera

From that first song as a pre-kindergarten student in the All-School Program to writing and performing an opera, Lamplighter students take to the stage. The Senior Opera is one of the highlights of the last month of school. Since 1991, acclaimed original student written operas have allowed senior stars to shine.

Square Dancing

Square dancing is one of Lamplighter's most favorite traditions!  The Kindergarten students learn to swing their partners and square dance throughout the year.  In the spring, cowboys and cowgirls in their full skirts perform their dance for parents and grandparents.

Guide to Lamplighter Terms

  • The Lamplighter School
  • 11611 Inwood Road
  • Dallas, Texas 75229
  • T: 214-369-9201
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