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Best Places to See Christmas Lights in New England

Best Places to See Christmas Lights in New England
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A row of Christmas trees on display at La Salette Shrine.

Whether it’s piling into the car with a steaming travel mug of hot chocolate to cruise the holiday lights in your own community, or heading out to a larger “destination holiday light spot,” the glow of twinkling lights is one of the earliest and easiest ways to get into the holiday spirit. If you want to venture beyond home for maximum wattage, check out some of our favorite places to see Christmas lights in a big way in New England.

Bright Nights – Springfield, MA
“Bright Nights at Forest Park” is the Northeast’s premier holiday lighting experience with nearly three miles of lighting displays spanning the traditional like “Victorian Village” to the childhood-flashback, like “Jurassic World” and “Seuss Land.” Santa is also on hand, not to mention horse-drawn wagon rides and activities like “Dinner with Dickens.”
brightnights.org

Fatima Shrine – Holliston, MA
Bundle up for a walking tour of the popular annual Christmas lights display at Fatima Shrine, featuring lights, candles, and a beautiful nativity.
508-429-8172

Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, NH
With more than a mile of lights, this drive-through light show is a recent addition to the list, but is already a popular one. Featuring more than one million lights and hundreds of individual light displays (not to mention hot chocolate and visits with Santa), you won’t want to miss seeing how spectacular over-the-top decorating looks while being able to brag you’ve driven around the track.
giftoflightsnhms.com

Holiday Light Fantasia – Hartford, CT
This 2-mile light show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over one million lights. Whimsical holiday scenes, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright in larger-than-life lighted scenes and 200 individual displays.
holidaylightfantasia.org

La Salette Shrine – Attleboro, MA
Dating back to 1953, when a simple but beautiful outdoor manger was the only attraction, the annual holiday show at La Salette Shrine has since grown into a spectacular display of more than 300,000 lights, inspiring displays, concerts, and other events during the Christmas Season. See for yourself why so many families consider a visit to the shrine part of their annual holiday tradition.
lasalette-shrine.org

ZooLights at the Stone Zoo – Stoneham, MA
ZooLights dazzles. Featuring a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights, you’ll stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek — home to bald eagles, North American porcupines, reindeer and arctic foxes. Meet the reindeer up close, visit with Santa, and enjoy a magical holiday animal world.
zoonewengland.org/zoolights

Is there a street or house in your neighborhood with a holiday light display worth seeing? Share it with us in the comments section!

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4 Responses to Best Places to See Christmas Lights in New England

  1. heather November 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    There’s a private residence that welcomes the public on Farnum Pike in Smithfield,, RI every night 5-9 from thanksgiving night through Christmas night with lights and music, no charge.

  2. Wendy Mangold November 30, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH….my children loved this Christmas display when we were living in Lebanon, NH!

  3. Cindy Laskevich December 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    As a former resident of Sandwich, we always try to make it back for this holiday event. The whole place is lit up with lots of family friendly activities. The carousel is always a highlight! This is the best holiday lights display I’ve ever seen–in a beautiful setting. Plenty of parking…bathrooms…food….lots to see and do! VERY family friendly!!

  4. M March 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Edaville USA Christmas Festival of Lights

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