Bright Nights to Continue Through Jan. 4
SPRINGFIELD — Bright Nights at Forest Park, celebrating its 20th season, will keep the holiday spirit aglow through Jan. 4, with more than 650,000 lights lining a three-mile drive.
Displays include Toy Land, Seuss Land, Winter Woods, North Pole Village, and the iconic Everett Barney Mansion. Adding to the festivities after Christmas will be craft nights and New Year’s Eve fun. At Santa’s Cottage, children can make a free penguin thermometer or a snowman snow-measuring stick, and on Dec. 31, they will receive a free noisemaker, hat, tiara, or other festive gear, and free carousel rides sponsored by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. The free craft is available through Jan. 4.
Also available at Santa’s Cottage is The Spirit of Springfield 1989-2014, a book showcasing 25 years of Spirit of Springfield events with hundreds of photographs. Horse-drawn wagon rides are available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Carriage rides are available Fridays and Saturdays.
Admission is $18 per vehicle Monday through Thursday, and $21 per vehicle Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. Buses with seating for 17 to 30 are charged $70, and those that seat 31 or more are $150. Carriage rides are $75 for up to four people. Wagon rides are $9 and $7 for children 14 and under. The entire wagon can be reserved for as many as 20 passengers for $150.
The 20th season of Bright Nights is sponsored by AAA Pioneer Valley, the Arbors Kids, Baystate Health, Big Y World Class Markets, Charlie Arment Trucking, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Comcast, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Hasbro, Health New England, iHeart Media, Jewish Geriatric Services, MassMutual Financial Group, Mercy Medical Center, MGM Springfield, Milone and MacBroom, Moriarty & Primack P.C., Northern Tree Service, PeoplesBank, Sheraton Springfield, Shriners Hospital for Children, Siemens, the Republican/MassLive, Smith & Wesson, Tower Square, United Bank, Western Massachusetts Electric Co., and WWLP-22 News.