Ah, the cheerful glow of holiday lights; few things make a season brighter. And while there are lots of pro light shows you can take in around the state, let's not forget those neighborhoods where some houses go over the top when it comes to putting on a holiday light show. If you know where to look, you can find some truly dazzling displays. So pile in the car, fire up the GPS, and get your holiday light fix with these spectacular home holiday light displays around Connecticut.
If you find yourself in Fairfield County, check out the Stamford home of a Greenwich firefighter renowned for his holiday light display. This Lewelyn Road home was featured on an ABC holiday special. Another Fairfield County classic is Wonderland at Roseville. This house has been the talk of the area for years and years, kids and grownups alike flock to Roseland Terrace every year to wander the incredible grounds, snap photos, and get in the holiday spirit. Trumbull boasts a few spectacular home holiday light displays, both set to music, and right around the corner from each other. Two houses located on McDonald Road and Primrose Drive. [update: one of the houses on McDonald Rd has retired their light show this year.]
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Head north to Milford where That House sets Meadows End road aglow. Not far off in Orange, take a drive by Lincoln lights on Lincoln Road. Over in the quiet corner of Connecticut, Brooklyn has its very own holiday home extravaganza. A home on Wauregan Road is known for an impressive annual display. In Waterbury, Tracy Avenue is home to the Companik Family Light Show. A must see if you're in the area around the holidays. Windmill Hill in Wethersfield is known throughout the area for festive displays. The neighborhood goes all out when it comes to holiday cheer.
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Last, but certainly not least, no list of Connecticut home holiday light displays would be complete without a nod to The Christmas House in Torrington. This is the real deal. Hop out of the car and wander through an incredible Christmas fantasy land. We visited a few years back and you can read all about it here. Do call before going, it may not be in operation this year.
It's a good idea to check out the websites for these homes before heading out for a few reasons. First and foremost, you'll want to make sure that the lights will be on the night you go. Sometimes weather or other extenuating circumstances will cause a disruption in the normal schedule. The other reason to check is that many of these houses have linked themselves with a cause, whether holiday food drives or collecting for disease research. Find out how you might be able to give back a little during your visit then get out there and enjoy the warm glow of the holiday season.
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