Wonderland at Roseville is over the top wonderful. Photo by Ally Noel
Wonderland at Roseville is over the top wonderful. Photo by Ally Noel

Best Christmas Lights on Connecticut Homes

Ah, the cheerful glow of holiday lights: Few things make the season brighter. And while there are plenty of impressive public light shows you can take in around Connecticut, let's not forget those neighborhoods that go over the top with Christmas lights and decorations. So pile in the car, pack a thermos of cocoa, and get a free twinkly lights fix by driving by these houses with magnificent Christmas lights. Many of these festive families are raising money for charity, too!

See our Connecticut Holiday Fun Guide for more ideas for making merry with kids this season.

2020 update: Note that homes can cancel their light displays at any time; feel free to send tips to ct@mommypoppins.com. Please keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and social distancing. If an event appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

You'll know it when you get to That House in Milford. Photo by John Krusinski/See The Lights/Facebook

Best Home Holiday Lights in Southwest Connecticut

Wonderland at Roseville - Fairfield
2020 Update: This year, The Wonderland at Roseville will be a drive-by experience.
A destination for many, Roseville Terrace is put together by a group of family and friends who "simply love the holidays!" Donations will be collected for Shriner's Hospital. Hours run from Sunday to Thursday, 5pm to 9pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm. 

That House in Milford—Milford
Everyone knows the neighborhood house where everyone gathers year after year to spread glad tidings and holiday cheer. This house on Meadows End Road in Milford is that house. Stop by to enjoy more than 30,000 lights (and show your appreciation with a donation to the Connecticut Food Bank). Lights open on the day after Thanksgiving, and run 5pm to 10pm on weekends, and 5pm to 9pm on weekdays. If you drop off a letter and include your address, Santa will mail you back! 

House of Lights - Stamford
2020 Update: There is no access to the backyard this year.

Located on Lewelyn Road, this annual light show boasts over 600,000 lights. Tony's house is full of lights from front to back, and was featured on ABC's "Christmas Light Fight." Because we all needed a little extra cheer for 2020, the lights came on a week early this year.

Primrose Drive - Trumbull
Jim and Marilyn Lang set up festive lights during all of the major holiday seasons. Thousands of colored lights, landscapes, and synchronized music make this light show tons of fun. They also employ sculptures to make their display special, including pine trees, Santa, a nativity scene, a star, and more.

Sand Hill Road Holiday of Lights - Middletown
2020 Update: Information on lights at this house is still pending at press time.
This massive display put on by neighbors is beautiful to see as well as meaningful. Many see this display for the first time driving down Route 9. The family annually collects donations for Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Cat Tails Cat Shelter, and the Middletown/Portland Dog Pound in Middletown, so bring a few things to share like peanut butter, tuna, personal hygiene items, or dog food. The lights are on from 5pm to 10pm on weekdays and 5pm to 12am on weekends. 

Music and lit figurines make Lincoln Road's lights display extra magical for littles. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Lights/Facebook

Lincoln Road - Orange
Come and see Lincoln Road's "animated" Christmas light display. The display features 15 synchronized songs and tons of lit up figurines. Tune in FM 98.1 for musical accompaniment. This year, they are collecting donations for JDRF through Venmo. 

The Bakers' Christmas Display - Stratford
2020 Update: Information on lights at this house is still pending at press time.
This family's larger-than-life display is a special sight. There is a 20-foot mega tree, a 16-foot pixel tree, snowflakes, lit-up garland strings, and synchronized classic Christmas music. Tune in to FM 107.3.

Frosty blues are the color scheme in Bristol. Photo courtesy of Lights On Rosewood/Facebook

Best Home Holiday Lights in Central Connecticut

Lights on Rosewood - Bristol
The lights are are on Rosewood for 2020!  The beautiful charity fundraiser display of light will include 4 pixel fans, 5 pixel snowflakes, and Pix-cicles. The synchronized song list will include 4 songs on channel FM 98.3.  This household behind this special light show raises money and collects non-perishable food for local families. 

Lights on Hillscrest - Plainville​​​
Joshua's Christmas light display is in honor of his mother who passed away. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Plainville Food Pantry and a letter from the kids to Santa. Santa's mailbox will be placed at the end of the driveway this year.

130 Felt Road - South Windsor
2020 Update: Information on lights at this house is still pending at press time.
State Representative Tom Delnicki (formerly South Windsor mayor) and his wife Audrey (a local town council member), put on a major display annually. This is a drive-by-only show.

Lights on Fisher Hill - Glastonbury
2020 Update: Due to storm damage, the Lights on Fisher Hill are delayed at press time.

Lights on Fisher Hill opens the day before Thanksgiving and shuts down on New Year's Eve. The show begins at 5pm. The lights in the surrounding trees make for a magical woodland scene.

Best Home Holiday Lights in East Connecticut

Glow on Gallup - Waterford
A dazzling light display set to music has been running for 10 years, and changes every year. Come and see 9,000 lights twinkling along with a 3-D Santa Claus, snowmen, tall arches, and more. Despite all this, owner James Gessner says his electricity bill doesn't skyrocket.

Quiet Corner Christmas - Brooklyn 
2020 Update: The lights have been moved to the Eastford Baptist Church located on Rt 171.

This family loves their holidays! Christmas lights have gone up every year since 2006. This light display features music and coordinated light shows. Proceeds collected during their light season are donated to Corey's Crusaders, a charity focused on helping families with children who suffer from brain cancer.

 

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