Follow the Lights to Holiday Cheer! Last Updated: December 2021

Holiday cheer is upon us in Connecticut! Get in the holiday spirit by getting out and experiencing some of the brilliant holiday lights festivals and displays around the state. Enjoy a festive, magical, memorable and safe outing sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out as hours may change. Find even more holiday events here.

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A holiday experience for people of all ages. Enjoy Magic of Lights in East Hartford, from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path. At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring your favorite holiday themes and characters to life.

Holiday Lights Spectacular

In Bridgeport, Holiday Lights Spectacular is a breathtaking drive-through spectacle featuring gigantic light displays with millions of lights, lasers, holograms, and projection mapping.

Holiday Lights Spectacular

This year, Olde Mistick Village will be transformed into a holiday wonderland. Explore the Holiday Lights Spectacular with over a half-million lights that will decorate the square of shops and restaurants for families and holiday enthusiasts to enjoy.

Small Town Holiday Cheer

Kick-off the holiday season with Trees in the Rigging Boat Parade in Essex. Watch a parade of vessels dressed out in holiday lights along the Connecticut River on November 28.

In Windsor on December 4, enjoy a fun evening of holiday festivities during the annual Carol Sing and Torchlight Parade. More than 20 decorated vehicles and marchers stroll down the town center with all its lights, music, and fanciful decorations.

On December 11, in the shoreline town of Niantic, families will enjoy the holiday festivities during the Niantic Light Parade.

The annual Torchlight Parade in Old Saybrook on December 11, kicks off the holiday season with musicians, more than 20 floats, and marching groups for the entire family to enjoy.

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