Connecticut's Christmas Light Displays

There is something magical about a holiday light display. Generation after generation have made a ritual of going to see the displays each season. I have so many fun memories of bundling up in the backseat and driving around town searching for the best Christmas lights in town. New Haven has its Fantasy of Lights, Fairfield has several houses that make the holidays special, and Hartford has a huge list of special places to visit.

Fairfield Area

Light the Lights—Danbury
December 1, 2018
This nostalgic trip down Main Street is always a crowd pleaser. Santa will arrive in a firetruck, and children will enjoy cookies, carols, and more before the lighted parade.

Photo courtesy of Ally Noel.

Wonderland at RosevilleFairfield
November 22, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Take a drive down Roseville Terrace and find the house that is basically Disneyland for any young child. Take a walk around the property and enjoy the model trains, or take a ride in Santa’s sleigh. 

That House in Milford—Milford
November  23, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Everyone knows "that house" in the neighborhood, the one with the best lights, that everyone gathers around 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 over 30,000 lights (and show your appreciation with a donation to the Connecticut Food Bank).

Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Department—Newtown
November  22, 2018 - January 7, 2019
This 3rd Annual Holiday Light Show at the Firehouse in Newtown is choreographed to over 100 songs. The show features over 40,000 lights and covers the area on and around the firehouse. New for this year is their "Winter Village" an interactive area where children can walk through buildings, take pictures with "face cutout" props, play games, or donate items for Toys for Tots.

Photo courtesy of Ally Noel.

House of Lights—Stamford - No updates for 2018 at this time
November 23, 2017- January 7, 2018
Firefighter Tony Pampena affixes more than 50,000 colored lights to his two-story home, which has earned him the nickname "Tony Christmas" and a spot on ABC's "Great Christmas Light Fight" which airs December 12th. See them in person for yourself!

Hartford Area

Holiday Light FantasiaHartford
November 22, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Fantasia is a very popular two-mile drive through Goodwin Park featuring more than a million whimsical holiday sights. Familiar characters and local tributes shine brightly over 35 scenes and 200 individual displays. Be sure to stop in to the Candy Cane Café in the clubhouse for a bite to eat and to meet with Santa Claus. 

Winterfest —Hartford
November 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Formerly known as the Festival of Lights, features an array of dazzling lights illuminating Bushnell Park. While you are there, enjoy the free ice skating and free skate rentals at the lighted Winterfest Hartford rink, open daily now through February 1, and visit Santa at the Pump House Gallery on weekends.

The Festival of Silver LightsMeriden
​Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Located at Hubbard Park, you can walk or drive the loop that goes around Mirror Lake and other tiny roads.  The display is filled with more than 200 figurines and 350,000 twinkling white lights around the park. It is open daily.

Holiday LightsBristol
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018
Located at Lake Compounce theme park, Holiday Lights is a fun holiday event that transforms the amusement park into a winter wonderland filled with thousands of lights, entertainment, and activities. Some of the festivities include a spectacular light show that runs every half hour and the usual Lake Compounce train turned into the North Pole Express. Family-themed rides will be in operation. There will also be indoor activities such as gingerbread house making, photos with Santa, and cookie decorating. They also boast the state's tallest Christmas tree.

Winterfest and the Tunnel of LightsEast Windsor
November 23, 2018 - December 30, 2018
You and your family are invited to enjoy Winterfest. Ride a restored trolley as you travel through a tunnel of colored lights. Return to the winter wonderland that features model trains, entertainment, refreshments, and a visit with Santa. Open weekends through December 30.

Torchlight ParadeWindsor Locks
December 8, 2018
Watch the firetrucks parade through town completely lit up. Children will march with Santa as the lit up vehicles make their way to light up the town Christmas tree. Windsor Locks has a special history as the site of the FIRST decorated Christmas Tree.

Light's on Hillcrest - Plainville​​

Litchfield Area

Christmas Village —Torrington 
December 9-24, 2018
Head to Church Street and find that special house where Santa, Mrs. Claus, and elves await. This free holiday attraction has been a tradition since 1947. 

New Haven Area

Shoreline Trolley Museum East Haven
November 30, 2018 - December 23, 2018
Enjoy holiday lights while riding on a real antique trolley. You can meet Santa, and enjoy complimentary cookie and hot chocolate.  

Firelight FestivalGuilford
November 30, 2018
A quiet appreciation of the holiday spirit with festive luminaria, popcorn and an outdoor fire. The will be a reading of "The Night Before Christmas." Located at the Henry Whitfield House Museum.

Fantasy of LightsNew Haven
November 16, 2018 - December 31, 2018
Held at Lighthouse Park, unique lit displays include 100,000 lights and 80 animated displays. Purchase 3D glasses so you can enjoy some of the lights in an even more thrilling way.

Middlesex Area

Torchlight ParadeOld Saybrook
December 8, 2018 
Enjoy Old Saybrook's torchlight event and watch more than 20 fife and drum corps march along Main Street to the historic town hall.

Sand Hill Road Holiday of Lights - Middletown

This massive display put on by neighbors is beautiful to see. Many see if for the first time driving down Route 9. They annually collect food donations for Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown, so bring a few things to share like peanut butter, tuna, and personal hygiene items. 

Eastern CT

Quiet Corner Christmas - Brooklyn 
Friday, November 29, 2019
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. 

Worldwide Lights Celebration at Stepping Stones Museum - Stonington
November 26 - January 5

The Companik Family Light Show

Northern Lights at the Mystic Aquarium - Mystic



Original Publication 12-2-2016
Cover Photo: Courtesy of Wonderland at Roseville.

Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Rd
New Haven, CT

Wonderland at Roseville
226 Roseville Terrace
Fairfield, CT

Hawleyville Fire Station
34 Hawleyville Rd
Newtown, CT 06470

Danbury Green
170 Main St
Danbury, CT 06810

House of Lights
68 Lewelyn Rd
Stamford, CT 06902

That House in Milford
75 Meadows End Road
Milford, CT 06460

Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Henry Whitfied State Museum
248 Old Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT 06437

Fantasy of Lights
2 Lighthouse Road Lighthouse Point Park
East Haven, CT 06512

Light up Middletown
Middletown, CT

Holiday Light Fantasia
1130 Maple Avenue
Hartford , CT 06114

99 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Festival of Silver Light
999 West Main Street
Meriden, CT 06450

Holiday Lights
186 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT 06010

58 North Road Conn. Trolley Museum
East Windsor, CT 06016

Torchlight Parade
West Street Noden Reed Park
Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Shoreline Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Firelight Festival
248 Old Whitefield Street Henry Whitfield State Museum
Guilford, CT 06437

Fantasy of Lights
2 Lighthouse Road Lighthouse Point
NewHaven, CT 06512

Torchlight Parade
Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Quiet Corner Christmas
251 Wauregan Road
Brooklyn, CT 06234

Sand Hill Road Holiday of Lights
263 Sand Hill Road
MIddletown, CT 06023