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Holiday light displays in Connecticut

From Mystic to East Hartford, several towns are offering dazzling light displays to get you in the holiday spirit!

CONNECTICUT, USA — Driving down a neighborhood street during the holiday season, any number of homes will dazzle you with their decorations and lights. 

Across Connecticut, several towns host even larger light displays to help get you and your family into the holiday spirit! 

This is a partial list. If you know of any other light festivals, please email newstips@fox61.com.

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Simsbury Lights the Night - The event is a self-guided light display tour and charity drive. The non-profit organization asks residents and businesses to register their displays to be included on an interactive map for cheer-seekers to use as a tour guide for the area. You can learn more on their Facebook page.

Windsor Inflatable Lawn Wonderland - This event both helps get you in the holiday season spirit and helps benefit the Windsor Food & Fuel bank! 

Windsor resident Jason Santos is once again sharing his love for the season by showcasing his front lawn with 65 inflatable holiday characters and music. The event is open now until Dec. 25 at 25 Tiffany Drive. The light display is open every night from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. except for very windy, snowy, or rainy nights. 

There is no admission fee but Santos places a large food collection box near the candy cane walkway and encourages visitors to bring a nonperishable can or box of food to donate to the Windsor Food & Fuel Bank. 

Holiday Light Fantasia - The light show in Goodwin Park in Hartford dazzles visitors with a two-mile show as they drive through the displays in their car. The show features displays of holiday scenes, familiar characters, and local tributes with 200 individual displays. They celebrate not only Christmas but Hanukkah, the New Year, and Three Kings Day. 

The show begins November 25 and runs to January 2, 2022. Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 a car (up to eight passengers) and is located at Goodwin Park, 1106 Maple Avenue, Hartford.

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27th Annual Fantasy of Lights - Fantasy of Lights takes place in New Haven at Lighthouse Point Park. Each display is sponsored by a local business, corporation, individual, or organization. The displays have LED bulbs in them. The Fantasy of Lights is presented by Goodwill of Southern New England. 

The show begins on November 18 and runs to December 31. The display is open Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., 2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven.

Admission is $10 per car/family van, $25 minibus, and $50 full-size bus.

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Holiday Lights Spectacular - Holiday Lights Spectacular will return to Olde Mistick Villiage this year! The shoreline shopping area will be decorated with over half a million lights for shoppers and restaurant-goers to enjoy! 

The event begins November 19 and will go until January 31, 2022. Admission is free and the hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 27 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic.

Magic of Lights - Magic of Lights is held at the Pratt and Whitney Stadium in East Hartford. It is a family-friendly drive-through lights festival with festive scenes that include Candyland, Toyland, Sports Row, 12 Days of Christmas, and the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights. 

Magic of Lights is held from November 19 to January 2, 2022, nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Standard vehicle weekday advance is $20 and any day advance online for a standard vehicle is $25. Both prices are available until November 2. Pratt & Whitney Stadium is located at 615 Silver Lane in East Hartford.

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Lions LIghts in Motion - Anything but a traditional show, this new innovative light drive-through is guaranteed to make spectators add it to their holiday traditions list.

Held at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, visitors will drive over a mile to watch the holiday scenes lit up with more than 1 million digitally-synchronized lights to music.

The event and all props and lights have been built and set up by Lion and Community Volunteers on the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds. Net proceeds will be donated to various children's charities.

The display is open Thursday thru Sunday until Jan. 1, 2022. Tickets can be purchased in person or online at lionslightsinmotion.org.

Bright Nights - Since 1995, Bright Nights has been a unique experience at Forest Park in Springfield, Mass., that has grown to become one of the Northeast's premier holiday lighting events.

Open through Jan. 2, Bright Lights welcomes cars and buses to experience the magic.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online or at Big Y World Class Market.

Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jglatz@fox61.com.

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