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This Drive-Thru Light Show In Upstate New York Will Transport You To The North Pole

Take a road trip where you don't ever need to leave the car.
This Drive-Thru Light Show In Upstate New York Will Transport You To The North Pole
  • Although we live in a vibrant city filled with tons of things to do, there are some things that are worth a road trip from Montreal.
  • The "Lights on the Lake" festival in Syracuse, New York is one of those things.
  • Find out all about this festive light show below!

'Tis the season for planning a road trip from Montreal, as the cold weather has us seeking new experiences. If you love over the top Christmas decorations but hate stepping outside of the warmth of your house (or car) to experience them, then the perfect, brightly lit holiday village is waiting for you just over the border. 

About a five-hour drive from Montreal sits a stretch of breathtaking Christmas adornments that you don't have to leave your car to experience. The Lights on the Lake drive-thru holiday light show in New York transforms an average park into a wonderland of music and illumination for nearly two months during the winter season. 

Just outside of Syracuse in Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool, the annual light show has become a tourist haven, attracting people from around the U.S. and Canada.

Lights on the Lake is a mass of thousands of twinkling bulbs constructing larger than life displays that tower over the park.  There are over two-miles to experience in one of the very few drive-thru Christmas light shows in North America.

There is lots of time to plan your road trip. The show is already in full-gear but will be up until January 5. 

Celebrating its 30th year, there are displays both new and old that include everything from hummingbirds and butterflies to a reindeer barn and toy workshop.

The whole show takes about 45-minutes to wind through and there is even a radio station playing Christmas music that will accompany you throughout the drive.  

Along the route, you'll see the Fantasy Forest, Land of Oz, animated scenes, and be enveloped by colourful blinking arches.

Admission prices are based per car and start at $10 if you go during the less busy times of Monday to Thursday and $20 per car for Friday and Saturday.

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While there is no way to see the lights without a vehicle (walking through the show is only open in early November), you can also reserve a space on a bus. 

Lights on the Lake is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. But while it may take less than an hour to take in this Christmas fantasyland, it is so popular that wait lines to enter tend to be over an hour alone. 

If you want to skip the lines it's recommended to be there right at 5 p.m. or make it a late-night adventure and go after 8:30 p.m.

Lights On The Lake 

When: November 14 - January 5; 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Where: 106 Lake Dr, Liverpool NY; Onondaga Lake Park


Monday - Thursday: $10 per car

Friday - Sunday: $20 per car 


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