Holiday Light Shows in the Hartford Area

Where to See Christmas Lights in Connecticut (Hartford County)

With the dark evenings falling upon us earlier and earlier each night, all the houses lit up with holiday decorations are even more enjoyable. One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to drive around in the evenings looking at all of the beautifully lit houses. Not only are the houses breathtaking to gaze at, but many places in the Hartford area offer special holiday light shows. We've listed some Holiday Light Show events that are sure to make an impression!

Between November 26, 2015, and January 1, 2016, enjoy Holiday Light Fantasia, a two-mile long show in Goodwin Park exhibiting a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights. The park is transformed into a drive-through winter wonderland filled with over 35 holiday scenes and characters celebrating not only Christmas but Hanukkah, New Year's, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day.

Between November 27 and December 29, 2015, the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor is having its annual Winterfest. Board, an open or closed trolley for a 20-minute trip through the “Tunnel of Lights”. If you bundle up and are willing to brave the cold then choose the open “electric sleigh” for a more scenic ride through the Connecticut winter woods. The event is not open daily, so be sure to check days of operation.

Between November 26, 2015, and January 6, 2016, another popular place to see holiday lights is Hubbard Park in Meriden. Here you will enjoy a display of strictly white lights with many formed in the shape of animals such as a reindeer on top of a roof, brightly lit swans floating atop the pond, turtles making their way toward the water, and more. Best of all, it's open 24 hours a day and admission is free.

Another option on Friday through Sunday in November and December is the Holiday Lights event at Lake Compounce. The park will be covered in lights and every half hour a spectacular light show will go off set to music. There will also be many fun themed activities like ride the North Pole railway, select rides will be open, entertainment, caroling, pictures will Santa, gingerbread house making, special fire pits for staying warm, and much more.


Lake Compounce
822 Lake Ave
06489 Bristol , CT 41° 38' 35.9376" N, 72° 55' 24.7908" W
Hubbard Park
199 Notch Rd
06451 Meriden , CT 41° 33' 0.162" N, 72° 49' 55.3872" W
Goodwin Park
1130 Maple Ave
06114 Hartford , CT 41° 43' 38.4888" N, 72° 41' 27.2652" W
The Connecticut Trrolley Museum
58 North Rd
East Windsor , CT 41° 55' 55.8696" N, 72° 35' 43.5408" W