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Lights on the Lake Guide: The 32nd edition will feature seven charity nights, a 5K

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Last season was one for the record books, with 56,378 vehicles driving through Lights on the Lake, according to its Facebook page.

The popular holiday show will return to Onondaga Lake Park this month.

Here is everything you need to know about this year’s event:

What’s New

 The show will feature several new pieces, including a holiday dragon and a winter skyline.

Dates and Hours

Lights on the Lake officially opens Nov. 15, and continues through Jan. 14. Cars can drive through the show from 5-10 p.m. each day – but keep in mind, weekends tend to be busiest.


Tickets must again be purchased online in advance, and the price will vary depending on the day you visit: $6 per car, Mondays and Tuesdays; $10 per car, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and $20 per car, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. There will also be seven charity nights with a discounted admission rate ($5). The ticket booths will accept either a printed copy or a QR code.

Special Nights

Instead of the walks, Lights on the Lake will host a Charity Drive-Thru on Nov. 15 and a Doggy Drive-Thru on Nov. 16.  The show will also end with five charity nights (Jan. 10-14).

On Nov. 18, Salute the Troops Night, all active and retired military members will receive free admission.

Lights on the Lake 5K

First held in 2019 to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary, the Lights on the Lake 5K will return this year (Nov. 21). A limited number of spots are available. The event will begin at 6 a.m. so runners are able to see the displays.

 Learn More

For more information about this year’s event, and to purchase tickets, visit

– Courtney Kless

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