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All will be bright on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Night. Bright Nights at Forest Park will be open on the holidays from 5pm to 11pm for holiday revelers to enjoy the more than 675,000 lights that create magical scenes that they are immersed in as they take the three-mile drive.

“For some, it is a tradition to visit Bright Nights on Christmas Eve, maybe after church or spending time with family and friends,” said Judy Matt, Spirit of Springfield President. “During the holidays, many people return to the area to celebrate the season.  Some will be fans from childhood bringing their own children for the first time.”

On the holidays and through January 2, 2022, Santa’s Magical Forest will be open with a gift shop full of souvenirs, crafts, and last minute gifts.  The carousel will be spinning, and refreshments will be available with everything from hot chocolate and cookies to nachos and cheese.  There will be free carousel rides, and festive hat or noisemaker for children on New Year’s Eve.

Tickets for Bright Nights at Forest Park must be purchased in advance at for $23 or at Big Y World Class Markets for $16.50.

The 27th season of Bright Nights at Forest Park is sponsored by American Eagle Financial Credit Union, American Medical Response, Asnuntuck Community College, Balise, Baystate Health, Big Y World Class Markets, Charlie Arment Trucking, Comcast, Eversource Energy, Gleason Johndrow Landscaping, LifePoint Church, Health New England, iHeart Media, MassLive, MassMutual, Mental Health Association, MGM Springfield, MP CPA’s, PeoplesBank, Sarat Ford, Sheraton Springfield, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Thunderbirds, The Republican, The CW Springfield, and WWLP-22 News.  The event is a collaborative effort between the Spirit of Springfield and the Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management.

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Page last updated:  Tuesday, March 1, 2022 01:32 pm