Holiday Light Fantasia (Goodwin Park Lights)


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Holiday Light Fantasia is a perfect event to visit during your holiday stay at the historic Goodwin. This festival of lights is one of Hartford’s best-loved and much-awaited seasonal traditions.


Holiday Light Fantasia (Goodwin Park Lights)

The two-mile Christmas light show transforms the entire Goodwin Park into a drive-through with a winter wonderland vibe. It will let you enter a different kind of world where you can feel the holiday spirit even more.

Holiday Light Fantasia allows you to witness a beautiful collection of more than a million twinkle lights. It is an incredible season’s destination to see fairy lights, curtain lights, icicle lights, net lights, meteor shower lights, rope lights, and many more.

Local tributes, familiar holiday characters, and whimsical holiday scenes shine bright throughout the festival venue. People of all ages will also get mesmerized by 200 individual displays, making the light festival more exciting. 

The lighted animations and blinking Christmas lights celebrate not only the Christmas season but also other important events like Hanukkah, New Year’s Day, and Three Kings. This holiday exhibition also helps the community.

Last year, Holiday Light Fantasia was not all about twinkle light trees, LED curtain lights, and lighted animations but also benefited the Channel 3 Kids Camps. This Hartford holiday tradition continuously welcomes more visitors, supporters, and volunteers to make everyone’s season bright.

Holiday Light Fantasia Dates

Holiday Light Fantasia gives you a great opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle. Plus, you can create a lasting and meaningful holiday tradition your friends and family will enjoy.

This festival of lights gives you a chance to explore tons of lights while giving back to the community. If you wish for this kind of holiday celebration.

You’ve got a long time to prepare for joining Holiday Light Fantasia. Whether you want to bring your loved ones or feel the holiday spirit alone, you can choose the most convenient date. Fill your entire Christmas season with fun and excitement!

Another festival perfect for the holiday season is the Lewis Ginter Lights festival.

Goodwin Park Lights – How to Get There 

Whenever you want to make your holiday season bright, you can visit Holiday Light Fantasia. It is where your Christmas fantasies come to alive.

This light festival has been enjoyed and cherished by the locals and tourists for many years. It does not only symbolize fun and happiness but also hope and unity.

The mesmerizing festival of lights is set in Hartford’s Goodwin Park, 1106 Maple Ave, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Don’t worry; getting to the festival venue is easy. Check out the following routes:

  • From 1-91 North 

If you are from 1-91 North, it is best to take the exit 27. Once you reach Brainard Road, turn left at the stop light. From there, turn left at the next light near the Airport Road.

Continue following the Airport Road until your reach Brown Street. After you find Maple Avenue, turn left, and you will see the Goodwin Park 0.6 miles on your left.

  • From 1-91 South 

If you are from 1-91 South, you have to take exit 27. At the end of the exit ramp on the Airport Road, turn right.

Continue following the Airport Road until your reach Brown Street. After you find Maple Avenue, turn left, and you will see the Goodwin Park 0.6 miles on your left.

  • From 1-84 East 

If you are from 1-84 East, you must follow this route until you reach the 1-91 South. Then, take exit 27, and at the end of the exit ramp on the Airport Road, turn right.

Continue following the Airport Road until your reach Brown Street. After you find Maple Avenue, turn left, and you will see the Goodwin Park 0.6 miles on your left.

  • From 1-84 West 

If you are from 1-84 West, you have to follow this route until you reach the exit 57’s left hand (Routh 15 South). Next, you need to take exit 87 for Airport Road/Brainard Road. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto Brainard Road.

Turn left at the first light onto Airport Road. Continue following the Airport Road until your reach Brown Street. After you find Maple Avenue, turn left, and you will see the Goodwin Park 0.6 miles on your left.

While you’re in Connecticut, you can also check out these other breathtaking lights festivals:

Magic of Lights East Hartford

Festival of Lights New Haven

Festival of lights Hours 

Remember that the holiday season is not only a perfect time to spend time with your loved ones but also to show love and appreciation to everyone and everything. And this is what Holiday Light Fantasia reminds us of.

It is not every day that you have a chance to witness beautiful lights and Christmas displays with your loved ones. So, ensure to join this annual Christmas tradition in Hartford. 

The festival hours are from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. You have 5 hours to explore the place, have fun, create new memories, and feel the holiday spirit. It is advisable to arrive at the venue to ensure you will not miss anything. 

How Much It Cost to Visit Holiday Light Fantasia (Goodwin Park Lights)

With Holiday Light Fantasia, you have no excuse for having no budget for entertainment. The light festival provides an affordable way to enjoy.

Here are the ticket prices:

  • $16 – Car, online ticketing only
  • $25 – Car at the door, up to 8 passengers 
  • $30 – Limousine
  • $55 – Mini Bus, up to 30 passengers 
  • $105 – Full-Size Bus, up to 31 passengers and above

If you wish for a hassle-free booking, you can buy tickets online. Meanwhile, if you have already purchased tickets online but can’t make it, you can use those tickets any day of the festival dates.

The Weather in Goodwin Park Lights fest

The light festival starts in November, and the climate can be chilly and sometimes rainy. During the day, the average temperatures are in the single digits C (low 40s F) to low 10s C (low 50s F). Then, the night temperatures dip into single digits below C (low 20s F). So, you should bring the following:

  • Coat or jacket
  • Fleece 
  • Warm jeans or pants 
  • Mittens or light gloves
  • Extra socks 
  • Standard footwear 
  • Waterproof snow boots 

December is snowy, cold, and sometimes rainy. The average temperatures are in the single digits (high 30s F). during the day. So, ensure to pack the following:

  • Heavy jacket 
  • Heavy socks 
  • Warm jeans or pants 
  • Gloves
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof snow boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 

Holiday Light Fantasia lasts until the first week of January, and it is snowy, very cold, and sometimes rainy. The daytime average temperatures are in the single digits C (30s F). Do not forget to pack the following:

  • Pajamas 
  • Heavy heated socks 
  • Snow pants 
  • Heavy sweaters 
  • Extreme cold weather gloves 
  • Fleece 
  • Thermal undergarments 
  • Neck warmer/scarf
  • Waterproof snow boots

Hotels nearby the Holiday Light Fantasia

Here are the top accommodation recommendations when you visit Hartford, CT:

  • The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection 

This hotel is close to Hartford’s Union Station and Bushnell Park. The rooms are affordable, and the staff is very accommodating.

  • Hilton Hartford 

This hotel features free Wi-Fi, an MP3 docking station, and an area shuttle. It is connected to the XL Center Entertainment Complex. The rooms are clean, comfy, and roomy.

  • Best Western Hartford Hotel and Suites 

This accommodation features free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi. It is close to many Hartford attractions. The breakfast is excellent.

Where to Eat 

Do not miss the all-time favorite dishes in Hartford; check out the following food destinations:

  • Salute 

Salute is an Italian restaurant famous for its Peppercorn Crusted Ahi Tuna and Rose Pasta. This upscale eatery provides refined dishes, a trendy setting, and an extensive selection of food and beverages.

  • Max Downtown 

This award-winning restaurant is a top choice for seafood and pasta. Make sure to try their Colossal Shrimp Scampi and Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl.

  • Bear’s Smokehouse 

This local barbecue restaurant serves authentic Kansas City-style wood-smoked barbecues. You can also try the Super Spud and Macho Nachos.

More Things to Do in the Area of the fest

Hartford, CT is not limited to Holiday Light Fantasia; you can also try the following destinations:

  • Wadsworth Atheneum 

Wadsworth Atheneum is a Gothic-style building housing over 50,000 artworks. This oldest free public museum in the US has some of the finest American art collections.

  • Elizabeth Park Rose Garden 

This third-largest rose garden in the US contains 800 varieties of roses. The old and new varieties include pillar roses, floribunda, hybrid perpetual, and hybrid tea. The best time to visit this garden is in late June and early July.

  • Bushnell Park and Carousel 

This 37-acre park is the first public park in the US. It contains the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, the Israel Putnam Statue, the Pump House Gallery, and the Civil War Memorial.

  • Connecticut Historical Society Museum 

This museum is housed in a Colonial Revival mansion and contains over 200,00 images and artifacts. It is also an excellent destination to see manuscripts and publications dating back 1600s.

  • Old State House 

Old State House was built in 1796. It is a National Historic Landmark displaying several historical collections, paintings, and exhibits.

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