Best Christmas Light Shows in Connecticut

Round up the family and ring in the holiday spirit with some of the best Christmas light shows in Connecticut to put on your list for this year.  These magical and festive displays and events are sure to delight spectators of all ages and light up your Christmas spirit!

Best Christmas Light Shows in Connecticut 2017

 Fantasy of Lights-Lighthouse Point Park New Haven

santas claus light display at the fantasy of lights at lighthouse point park new haven ct Celebrate the holiday season at the Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. Drive through a magical land of spectacular, sparkling  light displays.   The Fantasy of Lights has become a yearly tradition for so many families from all over the state who come back each year.  This year you’ll be dazzled by the mile long display over 60 animated light displays of over 100,000 brilliant twinkling lights.

All of the money raised helps to support East Seals Goodwill Industries’ programs right here in the Greater New Haven area.  Their mission is to enhance employment as well as education, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.

When:  November 17, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Time(s):  Sun.-Thu. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: Vehicles $10, Mini-bus $25 Bus $50

Where:  Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven CT 06512

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 Festival of Silver Lights-Meriden

festival of lightsCome see the Festival of Silver Lights a spectacular illuminating display of more than 350,000 twinkling white lights of over 200 lighted characters throughout the park. There is no cost to drive through the park and enjoy the many displays of not just holiday lights but beautiful light displays shaped in the forms of animals nestled in the park’s natural environment of trees and on the ponds.

When:  November 21, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Times(s):  Open daily 5 pm to midnight.

Admission:  Free.

Where:  Hubbard Park, 1000 West Main St. Meriden CT 06450

 Lake Compounce – Holiday Lights

Want to see the tallest Christmas tree in Connecticut?  Then taking a visit to Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce featuring a 100 foot tall Christmas tree is a must!

Christmas amusement parkJoin in the fun with a ride on the North Pole Railway, caroling, pictures with Santa & story telling with Mrs. Claus.  Selected family and children’s rides will be open.  You’ll be enchanted with the thousands of sparkling lights covering the park with spectacular light shows every half  hour set to music.

When:  November 24, 2017 – December 30, 2017

Dates: November 24th, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 28th, 29th & 30th

Time(s):  5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Dates: November 25th, 26th, December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 23rd

Time(s):  4 p.m.-9 p.m.

Download a PDF of the Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Calendar


Adult $15.99

Children (4-10) $11.99 

Seniors (ages 60 & older) – $11.99 

Children 3 & under – FREE

Purchase Tickets Online

Where:  Lake Compounce Theme Park, 186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol, 06010

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 East Windsor – Winterfest & The Tunnel of Lights


Hop on the trolley in East Windsor for Winterfest & The Tunnel of Lights and ride the tracks under the starlit skies on a 3 mile ride on The Montréaler.  Need something warmer?  There’s an enclosed trolley too. 

Cap off your visit at the Teresealee Bertinuson Visitor Center where you’ll be captivated with the layouts of functioning model trains and where the kids can sit on Santa’s lap and receive a gift.

Proceeds go right back into upkeep of the museum and trolley restoration.

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday • November 24th-26th

Friday, Saturday & Sunday • December 1st-3rd

Friday, Saturday & Sunday • December 8th-10th

Friday, Saturday & Sunday • December 15th-17th

Friday & Saturday • December 22nd-23rd

Time(s):  5 p.m.-9 p.m. 

Admission: Adults $12, seniors (62+) $11, children (4-12) $10, under 4 $3.

Where:  Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Rd., East Windsor, 06088

 Mystic Seaport – Lantern Light Tours

Decorative glowing lantern at nightHow about taking a step back in time to Christmas Eve 1876 and take part in a New England holiday tradition at the Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport.    

Visitors of all ages can experience the celebration of Christmas featuring the beautiful glow of lanterns, horse drawn carriage rides and tavern dancing as it was in a 19th century seafaring town. 

Each performance is 70 minutes held in all weather conditions covering a half mile of grass, wood planking, gravel, stairs and cobblestone so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. 

Dates: December 1st, 8th and 17th

Time: 5 p.m – 8:45 p.m., Tours begin every 15 minutes

Dates: November 24th -25th and December 2nd, 9th, 15th, 16th 17th, and 22nd – 23rd 

Time: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Tours begin every 15 minutes

Admission:  Adult members $27 non members $33

Ages 5-17 members $20 non members $26

Ages 4 and under are Free.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 860.572.0711.

Where:  Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, 06355

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northern lights

 Thomaston – Northern Lights Limited & Santa Express

Take a journey and embrace the magic of the Christmas season at the Railroad Museum of New England with a ride on the Northern Lights Limited or Santa Express and meet Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus. 

Northern Light Limited

When:  November 24, 2017 – December 23, 2017

Time(s):  5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Northern Lights Schedule and Ticketing

Where:  Railroad Museum of New England, 242 East Main St., Thomaston, 06787

Santa Express

Santa Express is scheduled early at 12:00 p.m. (limited days) and 2:00 p.m. most days other services are running.  See more info here for Santa Express Tickets and Scheduling.

 Hartford – Holiday Light Fantasia

holiday lightsCreate a lasting family tradition and a special memorable event at The Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford.  The 2-mile drive through the park is a winter wonderland of 200 displays and over 1 million lights. All proceeds benefit year-round programs at Channel 3 Kids Camp.

When:  November 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Time(s):  Sun.-Thu. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Tuesday December 26th – Military Appreciation Night
Free admission to veterans and active service personnel when they show a valid military or veteran association issued ID.

Admission:  $15 per car, $25 for limousines, $50 for mini-buses, $100 for full-size buses

Where:  Goodwin Park, 1130 Maple Ave., Hartford, 06114

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the Best Christmas Light shows in Connecticut 2017 and will plan on visiting these events during the holiday season.

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