Niantic, CT 06357
Date: December 9, 2012
Disney doesn’t have much on Niantic when it comes to the town’s annual Light Parade and Winterfest. Tanya Patten, the organizer for the parade, said that this year the parade will once again be a special event full of surprises. Two families started this tradition and the Paul Kushing and John Wilson families never fail to put on a good show. A few highlights from years past include a pirate ship and a helicopter float. Every entry in the parade has to have lights and music. There are four categories that are judged and the winners take home a trophy and a top prize of a $500 check made out to the charity of their choice. The event starts at 5 p.m. and lasts for about an hour and a half.
Hartford, CT 06106
Dates: Now through January 21, 2013
All through the month of December and all the way until January 21, 2013, Bushnell Park in Hartford will celebrate Winterfest with lights and ice skating. Bring the kids for a photo with Santa on weekends until December 23 at the Pumphouse from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can also ride the carousel on weekends until December 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you want to skate but don’t have your own pair, the park rents out equipment. There’s enough going on here to light up any attendee’s eyes.
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1 Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103
Dates: Now through the first week in January, 2013
And then there were lights. For years, Constitution Plaza has had plenty of lights to thrill anyone touring Connecticut’s capital city of Hartford. This year is no different. Constitution Plaza will have an array of sparkling trees this year to add awe to the area. Enjoy this beautiful display throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas and continue the bright tour through the first week in January.
Hartford, CT 06114
Dates: Now through January 6, 2013
You don’t have to worry about getting too cold when attending this light event. You can stay in your car and drive slowly through a few miles of light displays. Whatever your holiday following, lights add cheer to all holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even New Year’s. Taking a ride through this fantasy drive is an experience young and old will both appreciate. Light Fantasia costs $12 per car and operates from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays through January 6.
Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT 06512
Dates: Now through December, 2012
Another popular drive-through park is located in New Haven. Here you will find all kinds of displays for the holidays and the lights are LED energy savers. Cars and family vans can drive through for $10 to enjoy the show at their leisure. The hours are also 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays through the holidays. Call for more information.