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Bright Nights at Forest Park

New England's Largest Holiday Lighting Display

Bright Nights, located in Springfield's Forest Park, is a family holiday destination. With nearly three miles of lighting displays, it's the Northeast's premiere holiday lighting experience: fun to see, affordable, and family friendly.

For many, it's a family tradition and visitors are always looking for something new as the staff here are constantly adding and updating the lighting displays.

Conveniently located right off of I-91, Bright Nights showcases many sections like Seuss Land, Letters to Santa, Victorian Village, Jurassic World, Winter Woods and many more.

bright nights at forest park springfield - seuss land
Photo courtesy of brightnights.org

Santa will welcome visitors and take pictures at Santa's Cottage. He's available from Sunday through Thursday until 9 PM and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until 10 PM except for Christmas Eve when he heads out at 8 PM to begin his world wide tour. :) Make sure to stop by the Gift Shop for some fun souvenirs and yummy treats.

Visitors come from all over by car and bus loads. On average, there are between 30,000 and 40,000 cars that come throughout the 35 nights Bright Nights is open.

Bus tours are another option to travel through the 2.5 mile stretch of lights. When you're driving, you may miss a few things here and there anyway. Buses give you the ability to take some pictures instead of watching for the person stopping in front of you.

When you arrive by bus, one of the friendly elves greets the visitors with a warm welcome, program books, a cd or cassette tape of holiday music and Bright Nights Scratch Tickets!

Bus Reservations can be made by calling the Spirit of Springfield at (413) 733-3900, faxing to (413) 739-0276 or by visiting the Bus Tours registration form page at www.brightnights.org.

Speaking of the Spirit of Springfield, you can also visit some of the beautiful lighting displays found around the city of Springfield at locations like Tower Square at the Springfield Marriott hotel (seen from I-91), the Peter Pan Bus Terminal, Christmas trees atop the Monarch Place building, and the lights atop the Springfield Newspaper (The Republican) building.

bright nights and surrounding lighting displays - spirit of springfield - tower square marriott lighting display
Photo courtesy of brightnights.org

To get to Bright Nights, follow these simple directions:

From MA, VT, NH, NY:
Take Exit 6 off the Mass Pike (I-90) to I-291 West to I-91 South. Take Exit 4 off I-91 (Rt. 83/ Main St.). Take a left at the light, straight trough the next light, and first right up Longhill St. Left at the next light to Rt. 83 South and straight through the next two lights (on Sumner Ave.). Forest Park will be on your right.

From CT:
Take Exit 2 off I-91 North, (Rt. 83/ Forest Park/ East Longmeadow) and straight through the first light. Right at next light onto Rt. 83 South (there will be a Friendly's restaurant on your right at the corner). Go straight through the two lights on Sumner Ave. and Forest Park will be on your right.

For the GPS:
Address is - 302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108

Bright Nights at Forest Park Essentials

Address: 302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108

Phone: (413) 733-3800

Website: brightnights.org

Dates: Late November (about the 25th) to January 2.
*Dates may change every year so contact me for current open dates.*

Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 5 pm - 9 pm; Friday, Saturday & Holidays, 5 pm - 11 pm.

Prices: Cars, Mini-Vans, Trucks & Motor Homes (price per vehicle):
Monday - Thursday - $15, Friday - Sunday & Holidays - $18, Gift Passes - $13. - All Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Gift Passes: Individual passes can be purchased in advance at Big Y super markets. Big Y Express Cards & Silver Coin - $13. Without silver coin and with Big Y Express Card - $15

Mini-Buses and Buses: Buses with reservations welcomed nightly between 5 pm and 6 pm. Follow this link to reserve.

Hotel Search: Check Hotels Combined for the lowest hotel prices!

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