County Executive Ryan McMahon and Galaxy Media Announce 34th Season of Lights on the Lake
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, Parks Commissioner Brian Kelley, and Galaxy Media Chief Operating Officer Carrie Wojtaszek announce that the 34th season of Wegmans Lights on the Lake is scheduled to illuminate Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, November 13 –January 12, 2024, from 5-10pm, nightly.
"Once again Onondaga County is partnering with Galaxy Media to present the 34th season of Lights on the Lake,” said County Executive Ryan McMahon. “This holiday tradition continues to grow and remain a favorite event for so many people. We appreciate the collaborative effort of the Parks Department and Galaxy to continuously improve the show and look forward to celebrating the 34th anniversary.”
The public-private partnership has allowed the continuation and growth of an already successful program. Sponsored by Wegmans, collaborative efforts like these have proven to be beneficial in creating exciting events in Onondaga County.
Wegmans is proud to once again sponsor this family friendly holiday event,” said Evelyn Ingram, Director, Community Engagement at Wegmans Food Markets. “During the holiday season, this year in particular, it is gratifying to know we are providing an option for socially distant and safe entertainment to families across this region.”
"We are so proud to continue our partnership with Onondaga County,” said Carrie Wojtaszek, COO of Galaxy Media. “This is a great family tradition that thousands from our community enjoy. We love being a part of an event that allows families to make memories each year!”
Lights on the Lake will bring back the charity drive-throughs to kickoff and wrap-up the Lights on the Lake season. Visitors are encouraged to support local charities by driving through the show on Monday, November 13th and Tuesday, November 14th for the reduced rate of $5 per car. Lights on the Lake will be extended by five days once again this year to support non-profits within our community. From Monday, January 8th to Friday, January 12th, visitors will have five more opportunities to visit the show, for the reduced rate of $5 per vehicle, to say goodbye to the holiday season and to help five worthy organizations. These tickets must also be purchased online and in advance with proceeds going directly to the charities. Applications are currently being accepted, through Friday, November 3rd, to be the recipients of the charity drive-thru proceeds. Local 501C3 charities can apply at www.lightsonthelake.com by clicking on the “Charity Submissions” tab.
On Wednesday, November 15th, Lights on the Lake will support the men and women who work tirelessly to protect our country and invite any active military or veteran to drive through, for free, on Salute the Troops Night. Online reservations are not needed but a military ID will be required at the ticket booth. Lights on the Lake will once again be conducting a food drive during the Salute the Troops Night this year. Feed Our Vets organization will be at the event collecting canned goods at the ticket booth. The Feed Our Vets mission is to leave no Veteran or military member on the battlefield of hunger. Since 2009, they have served over 49,000 CNY Veterans, military members and their families by distributing over 3.6 million pounds of free groceries and $254,000 in gift cards. They receive no federal, state or local government funding. They rely solely on the generosity of the community.
On Sunday, November 19th at 6am, the popular Lights on the Lake 5K will return to Onondaga Lake Park. The early start time of the race will allow for runners to view the lights while running before sunrise. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The race will be capped at 750 runners. Registration for the run is now available at https://www.lightsonthelake.com/lol-5k.
Visitors can be on the lookout for the following new additions this year: a new pickle ball display showcasing Santa and Mrs. Clause playing pickle ball against some elves and 13 newly wrapped trees with brand new lights in a variety of colors and styles dispersed throughout all sections of the show.
Lights on the Lake has created a new commemorative ornament that will be available for purchase this year. A limited number of these ornaments will be available for pre-purchase and the ornaments will be mailed out on December 1st to ensure purchasers receive them in time for the holiday. A Lights on the Lake beanie will also be available for purchase on the website this year along with the popular fiber optic snowman wand, which allows visitors to partake in the light show!
Admission to Lights on the Lake is $10 per car on Monday-Thursday and $20 per car Friday - Sunday. All tickets must be purchased for a specific date, in advance, at www.lightsonthelake.com.
A limited number of discounted advance sale tickets will be available for purchase at www.lightsonthelake.com by using code LOLSANTA. These tickets are $5 per vehicle, valid Monday-Thursday or $15 per vehicle, valid Friday-Sunday. The discount code will be valid from Wednesday, October 18th thru Sunday, November 12th, while supplies last.
Wegmans Lights on the Lake is presented by the Upstate Honda Dealers, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Onondaga County Parks.
Lights on the Lake entry is in the Wegmans Landing section of Onondaga Lake Park which is accessed via Route 370 in Liverpool. For ticketing information, call Galaxy Media at (315) 471-9597, for general information, call Onondaga Lake Park at (315) 453-6712 or visit www.lightsonthelake.com.