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This Months Feature Story

In search of an evergreen for the holidays

By Laura Livingston Snyder

Of all the traditions a parent could follow while raising children, getting the annual Christmas tree is probably one of the most memorable.


Lights on the Lake

Lights on the Lake 2017. Photos by Dylan Suttles

Lights on the Lake continues through Jan. 7. Visitors can drive through the illuminated wonderland along Onondaga Lake every evening from 5 to 10 p.m.  The entrance is via Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool. Admission is $10 per vehicle, Mondays through Thursdays, and $15 per vehicle, Fridays through Sundays. On Mondays and Tuesdays, visitors who show a Wegmans Shoppers Club card can get in for $6 per vehicle. For more information, call (315) 453-6712. And children can enter the Lights on the Lake Coloring Contest by going to this page, printing out the image, and coloring and posting the picture:


For more details on this and other December events, see the Calendar.





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Camp Fair Brings The Fun

A new venue gave Family Times’ Summer Fun and Camp Fair a fresh look, more space and the opportunity to bring different kinds of exhibitors to the eighth annual event. At the State Fairgrounds’ Horticulture Building on Saturday, March 31, visitors got to check out tables filled with summer-program information from stalwart exhibitors such as Syracuse Children’s Theatre and the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse. But they also got to experience a greater variety of displays, such as the two bounce houses, the mobile display from Go Mining Today, and a truck trailer for Games on a Roll that brings video games for groups to your home. The festive atmosphere was enhanced by cupcakes (from ICJ Cookies in Syracuse) passed out in honor of Family Times’ 10th anniversary.
—Reid Sullivan


1.  Inside a Doug Rougeux bubble
2. Sport Center 481’s Lil’ Kickers
3. Faces, painted
4. CNY Karate and Kobudo Schools
5. Stop the Hate, Spread the Hope
6. Go Mining Today mobile mining display
7. Coco the Clown paints a face
8. Syracuse Children’s Theatre
9. Enjoying the promotional products

Michael Davis Photos