Traveling has always been one of my passions. It exposes us to new cultures and experiences and makes the world a more tolerant place.
One of the highlights of the year in western Massachusetts is without a doubt the Bright Nights Celebration that takes place annually in beautiful Forest Park. Started back in 1995, the event, now in its 25th year has become a family tradition for many and a great way to enjoy the Holiday Season. Selected as one of the top one hundred events in America for the last four years the celebration runs from the day before Thanksgiving through New Years Day.
Bright Nights is a festive 3-mile drive through Springfield's Forest Park, which has been transformed into an unbelievable display of some of our favorite characters and holiday scenes. Among the many themed areas of Bright Nights one of the most popular is Seuss Land. Dr. Theodore Giselle, otherwise affectionately known as Dr. Seuss, was born and raised in the Forest Park section of Springfield. The community has embraced his work and honored his legacy with this annual celebration and Seuss Land is one of the most popular sections of the Bright Nights Display.
The drive through Forest Park takes visitors by over 450 displays. Open daily from 5 pm to 9 pm, until 11 pm on weekends and holidays; Bright Nights attracts visitors from throughout New England and many folks have made this a family tradition and return yearly.
The leisurely drive takes visitors through the Magic Forest into Seuss Land, Santa’s Village, Jurassic World, Toy Land, the North Pole, the Rose garden, and by the historic Barney Mansion. Along the way you will see some of your favorite characters, which can be enjoyed to holiday music provided by one of the local radio stations.
It seems as though no matter how many times one makes the drive through Bright Nights they always spot something new and the display is constantly updated and enhanced.
Some of the displays are even setup to give the illusion of the characters moving. A great spot to see this is the area where the reindeer are literally jumping over the road as the cars pass by underneath.
I can’t think of a better way to get into the holiday spirit than to take a ride through this magical display.
The entry fee is $23 per car and $35 for a limousine. Discount coupons are always available in the area and there are numerous bus tours that will take visitors through the park should you wish to leave the driving to someone else.
If you have kids this really is one of the neatest things that you can do with them during the holiday season. Carriage Rides and Horse-Drawn Wagon rides are also available on the weekends and make for a memorable experience. Santa Claus is also present in Santa’s Magical Forest and visitors are encouraged to pay a visit. Santa’s Village has an area for refreshments in addition to Santa’s mailbox, which will get your letters to the North Pole in quick order.
- Bright Nights
The official web-site of Bright Nights
We've had the opportunity to take the drive through the Bright Nights display on numerous occasions and we never tire of it. If you happen to be visiting the Springfield, Massachusetts area between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day make it a point to head to Forest Park for the annual Bright Nights Holiday Lighting Celebration
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© 2012 Bill De Giulio
Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 30, 2017:
According to their website it was for Active Military only. They should consider changing that to include Veterans also. As to "why", I have no idea.
Vet on November 29, 2017:
Why do they say military night and veterans are not welcome.
Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on December 07, 2012:
Hi Vellur. Thank you. It is a wonderful holiday tradition. If you ever find yourself in Massachusetts in December be sure to stop by. Thanks for the read and vote.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 06, 2012:
Wow!! What a spectacular display of lights!! Awesome. Great pics, love to see this someday. Voted up.
Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on December 02, 2012:
Hi Suzie. Yeah, it is a bit on the pricey side. We always go with a coupon, or this year we went on the first night, which had rolled back the fee to the first year they started this so it was only $6. With a car full it's not bad. The kids do love it, adults also. Thanks so much for stopping by and the vote and share. Have a wonderful day.
Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on December 02, 2012:
This looks such a cool thing to see and do! Love how it has all the different sections and themes.I did wonder if $18 and $21 dollars was expensive but then again if there are a family or group of friends its not bad. Great pics and intro to this must see event when in the area. VU, Useful, Interesting ,Shared . . .5 stars!!!
Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 25, 2012:
Hi Jasmine. We took our 3 year old grandson for the first time and he loved it. It's a great holiday tradition.
Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment. Have a great day.
Jasmine on November 25, 2012:
Loved these bright night scenes, too! They must seem like heaven to little kids :)
Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 24, 2012:
Hi Carol. Hopefully you had a great Thanksgiving. We really enjoy going through our Bright Nights display especially now that our grandson is 3 and can enjoy it. Thanks so much for stopping by, so nice to see you.
carol stanley from Arizona on November 24, 2012:
This looks beautiful Bill, we have one similar in Prescott and it is up and running. We go every year. Some of the light scenes are absolutely breathtaking..You've got some great pictures here and as always did a great job. Voted UP.++