Follow the Lights to Holiday Cheer! Last Updated: August 2023

Holiday cheer is upon us in Connecticut! Get in the holiday spirit by getting out and experiencing some of the brilliant holiday lights festivals and displays around the state. Enjoy a festive, magical and memorable outing sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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A holiday experience for people of all ages. Enjoy Magic of Lights in East Hartford, from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path. At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring your favorite holiday themes and characters to life.

Glow Gardens

Join in on a fun, one-of-a-kind, family-friendly indoor festival of lights! Dazzling light gardens, glowing activities, delectable seasonal treats, and live entertainment are all in store for you at Glow Gardens.

Holiday Lights Spectacular

This year, Olde Mistick Village will be transformed into a holiday wonderland. Explore the Holiday Lights Spectacular with over a half-million lights that will decorate the square of shops and restaurants for families and holiday enthusiasts to enjoy.

Small Town Holiday Cheer

Kick-off the holiday season with Trees in the Rigging Boat Parade in Essex. Watch a parade of vessels dressed out in holiday lights along the Connecticut River on November 27.

In Windsor on December 3rd, enjoy a fun evening of holiday festivities during the annual Carol Sing and Torchlight Parade. More than 20 decorated vehicles and marchers stroll down the town center with all its lights, music, and fanciful decorations.

On December 10, in the shoreline town of Niantic, families will enjoy the holiday festivities during the Niantic Light Parade.

The annual Torchlight Parade in Old Saybrook on December 10, kicks off the holiday season with musicians, more than 20 floats, and marching groups for the entire family to enjoy.

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