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23rd annual Lights on the Lake begins tonight

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It's an annual tradition in Central New York that will quickly get you into the holiday spirit. The 23rd annual Lights on the Lake display at Onondaga Lake Park will open tonight. Our Brad Vivacqua has more.

ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- You won't be driving through the two mile display tonight, but you can get some great exercise in with the annual stroll from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a $2 donation. Tomorrow, during the same hours, you can bring your dog to enjoy it for the annual dog walk.

And on Thursday night, the path opens to vehicles. The display will again feature a spectacle of lights with different themes as you drive down the two mile path.

It's suggested you buy advanced sale tickets for $6 per car at any Wegmans or at the Griffin Visitor Center either today or tomorrow.

In addition to the display, the annual First Night is scheduled for December 31st. That's when the band 'R5' will perform, featuring Ross Lynch from The Disney Channel TV show "Austin and Ally." Tickets will be available for that starting Thursday.

As for the display, you can enjoy it from now through January 6th. The parks commissioner says there are advantages to seeing the display early.

"The walks that we have tonight and the dog walk tomorrow night, those are only a couple years old, this is where you really get up close, this Nativity scene behind us is one hundred feet wide and forty feet tall so when you're in a car it doesn't really look that big, but when you're out here and you get right up to it, it’s an amazing thing to see," said Bill Landsley, Onondaga Co. Parks Commissioner.

Lights on the Lake opens to vehicles Thursday, with the stroll and dog walk tonight and tomorrow. Get those advanced tickets to save.

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