For more than three decades, families around Central New York have 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 pickleball court.

Dates and Hours

Lights on the Lake officially opens Nov. 13, and continues through Jan. 12. Cars can drive through the show from 5-10 p.m. each day – but keep in mind, weekends tend to be busiest.


Tickets must 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.

Special Nights

Lights on the Lake will once again begin with a Charity Drive-Thru on Nov. 13 and a Doggy Drive-Thru on Nov. 14. The show will also end with five charity nights (Jan. 8-12). All will feature a discounted admission rate ($5).

On Nov. 15, Salute Our 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 another year. The race will take place on Nov. 19 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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