I counted 117 million light bulbs ablaze with holiday fever along the shore of Onondaga Lake in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Now that would be a frustrating chore, wouldn’t it? Seven million eight hundred thousand eight six … dang, lost count, I have to go back to the start!
In Syracuse, this is the 25th year of a tradition called, quite appropriately, Lights on the Lake. The Onondaga County Parks department closes off the three-mile roadway that winds through Onondaga Lake Park, quite close to the shore of our Syracuse-side body of water, and strings elaborate holiday light displays. A lot of them. Many and varied, as the saying goes.
From two weeks before Thanksgiving until three days after New Year’s Day, cars of ticket-buyers can drive along the road and soak in the color and dazzle.
It opened for Fords and Chevys and Mazdas and the likes last night. Tickets, if you were wondering, are $10 per car Mondays through Thurdays, $15 per car Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Folks around here know you can get $4 off on Mondays and Tuesdays by flashing your Wegmans shoppers card.
The gates were opened special on Wednesday night for walkers only, and my dear wife Karen threw a fiver in the donation bucket ($2 suggested) to join what looked like many thousands of people who wanted savor the displays in the slower pace. I didn’t try to count the exact amount of people, either, other than to conclude it was a lot as the temperature hovered in the 40s. Thursday night, they did it again and invited dogs, too. Because it was my bowling league night, Ellie B did not get to see the lights.
But you know that my new iPhone 6 was busy Wednesday night. In fact, my hands were both numb by the time I’d decided the 100 pictures I’d taken were enough. Those, I’ll count.
I snapped Santa swinging a golf club. I snapped fish swimming. I snapped boats. I snapped Dorothy and the Lion.
I snapped Cardinals and Parrots.
I tried to fix the lake in the background. I tried to get the lights of Syracuse behind the lake. I tried to capture the feel of night.
I rather enjoyed walking around Lights on the Lake.
Here’s your tour, trimmed to the finest.
Here’s the link for Lights on the Lake.
Is there a big public display of holiday lights where you live, and if so, is there a single theme or multiple themes? Would you enjoy an attraction such as Lights on the Lake, and would you go once, or make in an annual tradition? Would you prefer to go on walking night, take the dog night, or drive through in your car, and why? What were your favorite displays above?