Whether you’re loading the kids into the car to cruise the holiday lights in your own community, or heading out to a larger “destination spot,” the glow of twinkling lights is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. If you want to see some of the best holiday light displays in Western Mass, check out these hotspots:
Bright Nights | Springfield, MA
“Bright Nights at Forest Park” is the Northeast’s premier holiday lighting experience with nearly three miles of lighting displays. As one of the biggest and most popular light attractions in New England, the traffic can be horrific (especially on the weekends) but it’s totally worth it. There is a wide variety of displays: from the traditional “Victorian Village” and massive tunnels of lights to the childhood flashbacks like “Jurassic World” and “Toy Land.” Santa is also on hand, not to mention horse-drawn wagon rides! Get a $3 coupon and find out more at brightnights.org.
Holiday Light Fantasia | Hartford, CT
Holiday Light Fantasia is a much-loved Greater Hartford tradition. The 2-mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a collection of over 1 million lights, and admission directly supports Channel 3 Kids Camp. The display is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5:00 – 10:00 PM from Thanksgiving Night through January 2, 2022.
Santa is on-site on Fridays from 5:00 – 8:00 PM and on Saturday from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to visit with the little ones. This year you can buy online and save! Tickets are $16.00 online or $20.00 at the event— tickets purchased online are good for any night the Holiday Light Fantasia is open and can be purchased at holidaylightfantasia.org.
Lecrenski Brothers Incorporated | Westfield, MA
While comparatively a smaller destination, the stream of visitors to this volunteer-run operation has been steadily growing in popularity since its debut over 20 years ago. The ensemble is designed to be slowly driven through, which gives the visitors that “Bright Nights” feel. The display has grown annually includes everything imaginable- from Santa Claus and his reindeer to a giant igloo, to a Lecrenski yellow school bus, lit up. The bigger light figures like the giant igloo are made by Lecrenski Brothers Incorporated, but numerous lights throughout the display are donated by people in the community. Visiting the lights is totally free and open to the public, starting just after Thanksgiving and ending just after New Year’s Day. The lights go on at dark and turn off around 10:00 PM. Read more in this recent feature by 22News.
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