For more than three decades, families around Central New York been making Lights on the Lake part of their holiday traditions.

The event returns to Onondaga Lake Park this month.

Here is everything you need to know:

What’s New
The show will feature several new pieces, including a gingerbread person jumping on a trampoline.

Dates and Hours
Lights on the Lake officially opens Nov. 14, and continues through Jan. 13. 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 in advance online, and the price will vary depending on the day you visit: $10 per car, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and $20 per car, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The ticket booths will accept either a printed copy or a QR code.
Through Nov. 13, families can receive discounted tickets with promo code LOLSANTA.

Special Nights
Lights on the Lake will once again begin with a Charity Drive-Thru on Nov. 14 and a Doggy Drive-Thru on Nov. 15. The show will also end with five charity nights (Jan. 9-13). All will feature a discounted admission rate ($5).

On Nov. 16, 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 is returning for its third year. The race will take place on Nov. 20 at 6 a.m. (so runners are able to see the displays). A limited number of spots are available.

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




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