In 2000, the parks department bought the display and took over running the show. The event has grown in size and popularity over the years, even being featured on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in December of 2001. This year's display is larger than ever.
Since its inception, some 2,600,000 people have driven or walked through the display.
Visitors will be glad to know that, for the first week of the display, the price they pay for admission goes to a good cause. All funds collected will go to the Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake for their "New Onondaga Lake Adventure." The Onondaga Lake Adventure is a community initiative to transform Onondaga Lake into an interactive destination.
In addition to the light display, drivers can tune their radios to Sunny 102 (102.1) to enjoy Christmas music. The display is presented by Wegmans, National Grid and Verizon FiOS.
Truly, Lights on the Lake is the most anticipated holiday event in Central New York.
"We have become part of a tradition in many families," Augello said. "Folks tell us the holidays wouldn't be the same without at least one trip through Lights on the Lake."