The Best Holiday Light Displays In Connecticut

by | Dec 5, 2023 | Community, Events | 0 comments

Get ready to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with some of the hottest holiday lights drive-thrus and Christmas light shows in Connecticut for 2023! These dazzling displays are the epitome of festive cheer, offering a contemporary twist that captivates both young and old. Whether you’re in Stamford or Mystic, these standout events are conveniently close by. Hartford and New Haven light up once again with their incredible Christmas light extravaganzas. Here are a few of our top picks.

Lights In Motion 

Who doesn’t love a drive-through light show? At Hebron Lions enjoy Lights in Motion, a drive-through light display for the holiday season. Set up at the Hebron Fairgrounds, you will enjoy over a million lights including “Cindy Lou Who,” the 17-foot snowflake and a 200-foot, lit tunnel. Ring in the holiday season at Hebron!

347 Gilead St, Hebron, CT

Dates: Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

Tunnel Of Lights At The Connecticut Trolley Museum

Another long-running light show, the Tunnel of Lights celebrates its 45th anniversary this year! Sing Christmas Carols as you ride the trolley car through a hall of over 15,000, plus several holiday hologram short films (courtesy of Campiti Ventures). Once the trolley ride ends, be sure to check out the Visitor Center for wonderful displays of model trains. Next stop; the North Pole!

58 N Rd #9606, East Windsor, CT

Dates: Nov. 24 – Dec. 30

Fantasy Of Lights

Christmas is the time for giving, so why not support a good cause while seeing holiday lights? All ticket sales for Fantasy of Lights support Goodwill of Southern New England, helping the organization provide employment and other opportunities to people with disabilities. Plus, it’s a drive-through light show, meaning you can stay comfortably warm in your car. It’s a win for everybody!

2 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512

Dates: Nov. 17 – Dec. 31

Holiday Lights At Lake Compounce

Though it features over 300,000 lights around the park, the Holiday Lights festival at Lake Compounce has more to do than just look at lights. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities such as writing letters to Santa, making your own snow globe, and riding the North Pole Railway! It’s a great place to take energetic and active kids who don’t want to just look at lights.

185 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, CT 06010

Dates: Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

Glow Hartford

With a staggering one million lights, Glow Hartford is the best place to go for real Christmas light diehards! The giant, interactive light installations will have you smiling and reaching for the camera all night. This year, the exhibit features the Glow-comotive train ride, giving you a whole new experience under the lights— combine that with free Santa photos, a holiday market, great food and drink, and even a scavenger hunt, it’s clear Glow Hartford is a great pick for an all-day light show outing.

100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103

Dates: Nov. 18 – Dec. 23

Cava Restaurant

Cava is an upscale Italian spot with delicious food, but this place is also widely-known for its stunning decor. It’s home to one of the best displays of Christmas lights in all of CT. Over 100,000 lights really bring this place to life, and each room has a unique theme.

1615 West St, Southington, CT 06489

Magic Of Lights

This year’s Magic of Lights is sure to be one of the best sets of Christmas lights in East Hartford, CT. drive-thru experience. The price is charged per vehicle, so you don’t have to worry about paying more just because you have a large family.

615 Silver Ln, East Hartford, CT 06118

November 23rd- December 31st

The Holiday Wish

The Holiday Wish features some of the best Christmas lights in Stamford, CT. This epic indoor event features more than 20,000 square feet of walk-through Christmas lights, with music, seasonal treats, and more to enjoy. This event really highlights all that’s merry and bright about the season and is a great event for the entire family.

100 Greyrock Place, Stamford, CT,

November 18th – December 24th

Northern Lights Limited

This one’s not strictly a Christmas lights display, but nevertheless, the Northern Lights Limited in Thomaston CT features some of the best Christmas lights in the Litchfield Hills. This utterly magical experience has a magical train ride, Santa’s workshop, and hot chocolate for those with a first class ticket. Tickets are on sale now at the Railroad Museum website.

242 East Main St, Thomaston CT

Now- December 29th

Winterfest & The Tunnel Of Lights

Winterfest at the Connecticut Trolley Museum is a magical experience with the best Christmas lights in East Windsor, CT. This family-friendly event features 15,000 lights and an open-air or closed trolley ride from which to admire them. This year’s festivities start November 24, 2023. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Connecticut Trolley Museum website

58 North Road, East Windsor, CT

Now – December 30th

Niantic Light Parade

The Niantic Light Parade features the best Christmas lights in Niantic, CT, a charming beach town that’s popular in the summer and a winter wonderland in the colder months. This festive event has been going on for 35 years now and is a fun way to bring in the holiday cheer.

108 Pennsylvania Ave. Niantic, CT

December 9th

Holiday Stroll At Mill River

Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of the holiday season as The Holiday Stroll, (by Stamford Ford) returns to Mill River Park for another year of joyous celebration. The beloved event, which captivated hearts and brought smiles to faces last year, is back with a revamped experience designed to make this holiday season unforgettable.

1010 Washington Blvd, Stamford CT

Now – December 24th

Festival Of Lights At Hubbard Park

Witness the illumination of more than 350,000 twinkling white lights. Enjoy more than 200 figures and buildings decorated with lights in this spectacular display.

999 W. Main St, Meriden

Now – Jan 1st

Holiday Lights Spectacular

Olde Mistick Village has created an old fashioned Holiday Light Spectacular for you and your family. In fact, this event will be the largest holiday lights display in southern New England! Through the month of January, Olde Mistick Village will be decorated with beautiful holiday lights.

27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT

Now – December 23rd