Onondaga County Parks

County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Galaxy Communications Announce Lights on the Lake Opening

10/18/2012 -

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Galaxy Communications President Ed Levine announced today that Wegmans Lights on the Lake program is scheduled to illuminate the park again this season, beginning on November 13th.

“Lights on the lake is a signature holiday event in Onondaga County,” said County Executive Joanie Mahoney. “We are entering our third year of partnership with Galaxy Communications and have no doubt it will be better than ever. They have taken a great event and made it even better.”

The public-private partnership has allowed the continuation and growth of an already successful program in Onondaga Lake Park, illustrated by a second straight record setting year for number of visitors in 2011. Sponsored by Wegmans, collaborative efforts like these have proven to be beneficial in creating exciting events in Onondaga County.

“Lights on the Lake is a family-friendly event that has become an integral part of the holiday season for many families,” said Evelyn Carter of Wegmans. “We are glad to sponsor Lights on the Lake as it allows us to bring joy and entertainment to our customers while allowing us to fulfill our company mission of making a difference in every community we serve,” she continued.

"With all the new enhancements at Lights On The Lake and our great First Night lineup this collaboration between The County and Galaxy should be the most successful year yet,” said Ed Levine, President and CEO of Galaxy Communications.

The AmeriCU Credit Union First Night will feature family-friendly entertainment on New Year’s Eve from 6 pm to midnight. This year’s headline performers will be the band R5, featuring Ross Lynch from The Disney Channel’s extremely popular TV series “Austin and Ally.”  First Night will also offer games, food, music and a family dance party, including a kids’ balloon launch at 8 pm and a midnight ball drop followed by fireworks. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $8 at the door. Kids five and under are free. Tickets will be sold at all area Wegmans locations. More information is available on www.firstnightcny.com.

This year Wegmans Lights on the Lake will offer the popular pedestrian-only walk on Tuesday, November 13 with the Lights on the Lake Dog Walk taking place on Wednesday, November 14, both walks are free (a $2 adult donation is suggested) and run from 5-9pm. The drive thru portion of Lights will begin Thursday, November 15, and run through Sunday, January 6 from 5 -10pm nightly. The price of admission at the gate will be $10 per car Monday - Thursday and $15 per car Friday - Sunday. Visitors can show their Wegmans Shoppers Club card and pay $6 on Monday or Tuesday evenings.

Discounted advance sale tickets for Lights on the Lake, will be available to purchase November 1 -14. The $6 tickets, a $15 retail value, will be on sale through November 14 and admit one car any night, except December 31, to the popular light show. Tickets will be sold at Wegmans and at the Onondaga Lake Park office at the Griffin Visitor Center.

Lights on the Lake entry is in the Wegmans Landing section of Onondaga Lake Park which is accessed via Route 370 in Liverpool. For more information, call Onondaga Lake Park at 453-6712 or visit www.LightsontheLake.com.

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