Now’s the time of year to hit the road so you can check out the amazing holiday light shows in New England. They’re nothing short of spectacular and appropriate for the entire family. Here’s a list of some of New England’s best.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- December 16 – 17, 2017
- Saturday, 5 pm to 9 pm, Sunday 4 pm to 8 pm
Historic Portsmouth offers a vintage Christmas treat with a Candlelight Stroll at the Strawbery Banke Museum. Enjoy hundreds of luminaries and the historic homes decked out in festive décor.
East Windsor, CT
- Friday, Saturday & Sunday • December 15-17
- Friday & Saturday • December 22-23
- Tuesday through Saturday • December 26-30
- 5 pm – 9 pm
Enjoy a sparkling display of Christmas lights on a trolley as you pass through the “Tunnel of Lights.” When you’re finished, check out the museum’s model trains while you sip on a hot cocoa and listen to a few Christmas tunes.
- Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
- Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
- Open Christmas Eve & Christmas Night and New Year’s Eve & Day
This worthwhile fundraiser includes a two-mile drive-through light show with over one million lights. Each year the display includes holiday scenes and characters and special tributes.
- Through December 31st – closed Christmas Eve
- Thursdays through Sundays, 4 pm to 9 pm
The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens presents Gardens Aglow annually. You can shop, dine, and then grab a shuttle bus to the display. It features over 500,000 LED lights as well as popcorn and s’mores. Buy your tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment.
- Through December 31st – closed Christmas Day
- 4:30 pm to 9 pm
This splashy light show features over two miles of lights and 400 displays. Visitors can also enjoy s’mores, hot chocolate, photos with Santa, and the little ones can go for a ride on the Gingerbread Train. Bring three non-perishable food items for the Loudon Food Pantry and get a discount.
- Through January 1, 2018
- 5 pm to 9 pm daily
Those looking a traditional Christmas celebration will find La Salette Shrine a delight. It includes more than 300,000 lights over 10 acres, inspiring displays, concerts, and mass on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Organizers advise you arrive early or visit during the week to avoid the crowds.
- Through January 1, 2018
- Sunday – Thursday – 5 pm to 9 pm
- Friday, Saturday & Holidays – 5 pm to 11 pm
Festive lights grace Forest Park during the holiday season, so if you’re in the Springfield area, check it out. They feature almost three miles of displays including “Peace on Earth,” the “North Pole Village,” and “Toyland,” just to name a few. They also offer horse-drawn carriage rides on Thursday and Friday nights, but call beforehand for reservations.
New Haven, CT
- Through December 31st
- Sunday – Thursday 5 pm to 9 pm
- Friday – Saturday 5 pm to 10 pm
Lighthouse Point Park features over 100,000 lights, 60 animated displays, and benefits Goodwill of Southern New England. You can don a pair of 3D glasses to enhance the effect as you drive through the park while listening to a specially-crafted radio program with holiday tunes and information about the displays.
- Through December 31 – closed Christmas Day
- 5 pm to 9 pm
Get up close with a reindeer or sit with Santa for a photo op. Take an evening spin on a ride and then stroll the paths decorated with thousands of lights. Check their schedule for special events such as storytelling, carols, and music performances, too.
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