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In Connecticut, Follow the Lights to Holiday Cheer!

Holiday cheer is ramping up in Connecticut.  From winter outdoor fun to cheerful seasonal lights, the state is set to ensure a festive holiday season.  With warm cocoa in hand, stroll through some of Connecticut’s brightest towns – enjoyed by both kids and adults!

Get in the merry spirit and visit the following events surrounding festive light-ups:

Start a new family tradition with the 2nd annual “Lake Compounce Holiday Lights” taking place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings during the holidays.  The newest holiday event in Connecticut transforms the park into a winter wonderland with hundreds of thousands of lights, and exciting holiday entertainment and activities.  Festivities include a spectacular light show every half hour at the main gate and the Lake Compounce Train transformed into the North Pole Railway, operated by a very special, uniformed train conductor with a magical holiday story to tell.  Family themed rides will be in operation as well as indoor activities such as cookie decorating and gingerbread house making.

The ever popular “Lantern Light Tours” return this year to Mystic. Step back in time to Christmas Eve in 1876 and experience a celebration of a Christmas as it was in a seafaring town. The very rare and special tour allows participants to feel the sway of the horse drawn wagon, the smell and lights of the docked ships, a lively musical tavern scene and storytelling. 

A package from the historic Whaler's Inn will ensure that you don’t miss this heart-warming event! Available from December 7th – 21st, the Holiday Lantern Light Tour package includes: overnight accommodations; lunch for two at the Captain Daniel Packer Inn Restaurant; and two tickets to the Lantern Light Tour.  The package rates are $222 to $292 per couple.

The Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor is offering “Winterfest,” a trolley ride to literally carry visitors into the festive season! Beginning November 29th and running through December, visitors can ride the open “electric sleigh” through the “Tunnel of Lights” accompanied by motormen singing traditional Christmas carols.

Another moving experience is aboard the Northern Lights Limited to Santa’s Train Workshop.  The Railroad Museum of New England, departing from Thomaston promises a festival of light displays inside and outside the train taking passengers on a journey to Santa's Train Workshop where Santa will board and greet everyone during your hour and quarter ride.

Other popular festivals of lights happening state-wide include the must-do “Holiday Light Fantasia” in Goodwin Park in Hartford from November 23rd to January 6th. Drive through two miles of lighted animations that celebrate not only Christmas, but Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Years and Three Kings Day.  Promising to deliver an extraordinary return, expect whimsical holiday sights, familiar characters and local tributes that will shine bright in over 35 scenes and 200 individual displays.

In New Haven, drive through “Fantasy of Lights,” an enchanting wonderland of 60 holiday light displays with an eco-twist; fifteen displays have gone green using new, energy saving LED bulbs, making the color shine brighter. New for this year are 3D glasses to enhance your Fantasy of Lights experience.

“The Festival of Silver Lights” in Hubbard Park, Meriden, is a spectacular display with 200,000 white lights and 300 lighted character throughout the Park. There is no cost to drive through the Park and enjoy the many displays in trees, on the ponds and nestled in the natural habitat.

Search for many other holiday light displays and special events this season.


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