bright nights at forest park

One of the top holiday light shows is back for its 26th year, and this year’s drive-thru experience at Bright Nights at Forest Park promises to be the best one yet. If you’re looking for a place to see Christmas lights with family and friends, this attraction is worth the nearly two-hour drive from Boston!


About Bright Nights at Forest Park

Bright Nights at Forest Park lets you drive through a 3-mile path decorated with beautiful lights and special holiday scenes. There’s everything from traditional holiday sights like giant poinsettia candles and Letters to Santa to unique displays, including a triceratops!

When you’re driving through Bright Nights, tune your radio to 100.7 FM for musical accompaniment of holiday classics and newer tunes, all hosted by DJ Santa Claus.

Throughout the season, Bright Nights host some special events and activities, including Supper with Santa, Frontline Workers Night, Military & Emergency Responders Free Admission Night, Roll Back Night, $10 Tuesday (Dec 1 & 8), and more.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be some modifications to this year’s event, including:

  • It’s a drive-thru only event and visitors must stay in their vehicles at all times.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance online or at Big Y World Class Markets.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Restrooms are available for emergency use only and masks must be worn when using them.

Once you’ve finished up at Bright Nights, there’s more holiday fun nearby in downtown Springfield where many buildings are all decked out in holiday lights!


Bright Nights at Forest Park Hours & Dates

Bright Nights at Forest Park is open nightly November 25, 2020 through January 6, 2021. It’s open on all holidays, and the only dates it’s closed this season are December 2-3.

The hours are 4:45 pm – 8:45 pm


Bright Nights at Forest Park Price

To get into Bright Nights at Forest Park, you’ll pay by the carload. The cost is $23 per car plus a $1 processing fee when buying online. The only exceptions are on special nights like $10 Tuesday (Dec 1 & 8 only) and other promotions. Remember that advanced tickets are required, and you can buy them online here.


Bright Nights at Forest Park Location

If you live in Boston, Bright Nights at Forest Park is a bit of a drive — about 1.5 to 2 hours away, but the light show truly is worth a visit, especially if you’re looking for things to do on the weekend. Bright Nights at Forest Park is located at 300 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108.

For more information, visit their official website.