There are many reasons the holiday season is referred to as the most wonderful time of the year; for some people, it’s because of the beautiful, magical experience of walking through a light-covered wonderland. If your family enjoys visiting holiday light displays, you should check out these attractions in New England. From drive-through features to garden settings, this region has a variety of festive attractions to please visitors of all ages.
Holiday Light Fantasia (Connecticut)
The Nutmeg State has its share of impressive holiday light displays, but few are as beloved in the community as Hartford’s Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park. Over one million lights decorate the drive-through route, arranged in whimsical and heart-warming displays. This year is the seventh time the event will benefit the Channel 3 Kids Camp, with admission going directly to the non-profit organization that helps underprivileged children attend the local camp. The display runs nightly until New Year’s Day, with admission at $15 per car.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights (New Hampshire)
Typically, cars on New Hampshire’s massive racetrack are travelling at lightning-fast speeds. But if you visit the track during winter, you’ll see cars crawling along at a gentle pace. That’s because this Concord destination is transformed into a two-mile drive-through course filled with hundreds of holiday displays, including the decorated infield tunnel. In addition to the two million bulbs at the speedway’s Gift of Lights event, you can visit the Gingerbread Train and Santa’s Sports Bar.
Gardens Aglow (Maine)
Boasting the biggest and brightest light display in state, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is transformed for its annual Gardens Aglow event that runs from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31 on weekends. Decorators deftly merge the picturesque natural beauty of the landscape with the magical brilliance of multi-colored LED bulbs. This ticketed attraction is part of the community’s Boothbay Festival of Lights; a visit to the gardens is a great way to end a date night, with food and adult beverages in the Kitchen Garden Café.
Festival of Trees (Massachusetts)
While many holiday light displays are outdoors and spread across lawns, Methuen’s annual Festival of Trees strings its bulbs across more than 240 differently-themed holiday trees, wreaths and displays. The festival has been a yearly fundraising event to procure the means to continue preserving the area’s historic landmarks and buildings.
The Conway’s Crazy Christmas House (Rhode Island)
Many New Englanders love to decorate their own homes for Christmas, and some of those private displays are impressive enough to attract visitors. One of the most extravagant homes is in Coventry, Rhode Island, and is owned by a family who puts in many hours of hard work to cover every inch of their house and lawn with tens of thousands of synchronized light bulbs. Detailed character cutouts also dot the property and add extra personality. If you’re nearby this winter, you should visit the Crazy Christmas House.
No matter where you live in New England, there’s a festive light display within driving distance of your home that will stir your holiday spirit.
This article is presented by CitySide Subaru in Belmont, Massachusetts.