Nick Mannion and Steven Baker
On Wednesday, Nov. 14 the annual Lights on the Lake season began with the Lights on the Lake Stroll. Lights on the lake has been going strong for the last 27 years. Lights on the Lake is a two mile long drive-thru featuring many holiday lights and decorations. “Lights on the Lake is really cool, I love going every year,” said sophomore Haleigh Summers.
Lights on the Lake is a holiday tradition for many families in CNY. “I love Lights on the Lake. I have been going to lights on the lake since I was 6 or 7 years old , it’s awesome,” said sophomore Carter Kowalczyk. Like Kowalczyk, senior Rajat Sharma says that he really enjoys Lights on the Lake. “It’s a really fun time, I love going there with my family and looking at all of the cool lights,” said Sharma.
Lights on the Lake features a variety of different decorations from holidays, to movies and ways to have fun during winter. “My favorite decoration is the one with the golfer hitting the ball in the hole,” said freshman Luke Hobika.There are some new decorations this year, including a 92 foot Lochness Monster, new Wizard of Oz tunnel arches, tree dip lights, new animated under the sea characters and more. Lights on the Lake has eight sections of the drive: the Victorian Village, Under the Sea, Santa’s Workshop, Holiday Traditions, Wide World of Sports, Land of Oz, Fantasy Forest, and the Fairy Tale Magic Grand Finale.
Lights on the Lake has a many sponsors that make the event happen every year. Some of the sponsors include Wegmans, Upstate Golisano children's hospital, Honda, Syracuse Media Group, and Syracuse University Athletics.
Lights on the Lake also features a two-mile long walking trail. Some J-DHS students enjoy the walking trail portion of the event, including sophomore CeCe Hatem.“I love walking the trail every year, I always bring my dog,” said Hatem. The Lights on the Lake dog walk took place on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 5-9 p.m.
Lights on the Lake is going on through Sunday, Jan. 8. Monday through Thursday it is $10 per car, Friday, Saturday and Sunday it is $15 per car. “I would recommend Lights on the Lake to anyone who loves to celebrate the holidays,” said senior Jake Harron.