Holiday Light Shows in Hartford County, CT
With the dark evenings falling upon us earlier and earlier each night, all the houses lit up with holiday decorations are even more enjoyable. One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to drive around in the evenings looking at all of the beautifully lit houses. Not only are the houses breath taking to gaze at but there are also many places in the Hartford county area that offer special holiday light shows. We've listed some Holiday Light Show events that are sure to make an impression!
Located in the Plantsville section of the Southington area is Lights on Lovely, a free computerized Christmas home light display that is set to seasonal songs. You can just drive up and tune your radio in to enjoy the synchronized light show while staying warm in your car!
Holiday Light Fantasia is a two mile long show in Goodwin Park with a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights. The park is transformed in to a drive-through winter wonderland filled with over 35 holiday scenes and characters celebrating not only Christmas but Hanukkah, New Years, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5-9 pm, Friday-Saturday 5-10 pm
Admission: $12 per car (up to 10 passengers)
The Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor is having their annual Winterfest. Board an open or closed trolley for a 20 minute trip through the “Tunnel of Lights”. If you bundle up and are willing to brave the cold then choose the open “electric sleigh” for a more scenic ride through the Connecticut winter woods.
Hours: Friday-Sunday 5-9 pm
Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for ages 2-12, $3 for ages 2 and under
Another popular place to see holiday lights is Hubbard Park in Meriden. Here you will enjoy a display that is not simply just lights but all white lights with many formed in the shape of animals such as a reindeer on top of a roof, brightly lit swans floating atop the pond, turtles making their way toward the water and more. Best of all its open 24 hours a day and is free!
A new option this season is the Holiday Lights event at Lake Compounce. The park will be covered in lights and every half hour a spectacular light show will go off set to music. There will also be many fun themed activities like ride the North Pole railway, select rides will be open, entertainment, caroling, pictures will Santa, gingerbread house making and much more!
Hours: Fridays 5-9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 4-9 pm
Admission: $14.99 plus tax for adults, kids 10 and under $10.99 plus tax, children 3 and under are free