“Bright Nights at Forest Park” is a favorite New England past time, with nearly three miles of holiday light displays. This year Bright Night’s is open from November 21, 2018, to January 1, 2019 (closed November 26 and 27), with operating hours of 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM from Sunday through Thursday, and 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Friday, Saturday, and holidays.
For some local residents; it’s a favorite family tradition; for others, it’s an annual headache. Whatever your feelings about the six-week extravaganza may be, here’s your 2019 Bright Night’s survival guide:
Be prepared for the traffic.
As one of the biggest and most popular light attractions in New England, the traffic from Bright Night’s can be horrific, especially on the weekends. If you’re going, be prepared for a lot of sitting and waiting, and pay close attention to the signage leading up to the park.
If you don’t want to sit in as much traffic, opt for a weeknight or get there early to get a good spot in line. And, if you’re just passing by the entrance and you get caught in the Bright Night’s mayhem, look for signage redirecting “Thru Traffic.” There’s often a separate lane for those just passing through to keep that stream of traffic moving.
Don’t pay full price.
Locals know that Bright Night’s can be expensive. This year, the rates are $18 per car from Monday through Thursday, and $21 per car on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and on holidays. It’s not a cheap outing, but there are ways to save a few bucks:
- December 4 and 11 are “$10 Tuesdays” where cars will be admitted at $10 each
- Starting November 9, you can buy Big Y World Class Market Advance Tickets for just $14.50 with your Silver Savings Club Card at participating stores.
- Get a $3 coupon on the Bright Night’s website! According to the website, the coupon will not be accepted on opening night or on $10 Tuesdays, but it will be valid on all other days. Find out more at brightnights.org.
Need a bathroom break? Or more snacks? Make a stop at Santa’s.
Only experienced Bright Nighters know about this hidden treasure. While signage about this area is usually lacking, Santa’s Cottage is a great halfway stop with portable bathrooms, souvenirs, snacks, Santa, and more! Located on the left-hand side of the road just after Suess Land, this little oasis is a great place to stretch your legs and experience Bright Nights out of your vehicle.
…we strive to provide our customers with a well-rounded knowledge of all things automotive.
Since 1988, our family owned and operated service center has been providing top quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield, and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. If your car needs maintenance or repair before this winter season, call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.