Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival

Last night Greg and I had the chance to visit Lake Compounce located in Bristol Connecticut for their First Annual Holiday Lights Festival.

Walking up to the main gate you are immediately greeted with festive lights and holiday music playing in the background. The tunnel that leads to the main gate is lit up with blue lights and tin soldiers stand guarding the way on either side.

Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival

Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival, tin soldiers

Once inside the whole park is lit, top to bottom with lights of all sizes, shapes, and colors. I don’t think I have ever seen such a huge light display.

There is plenty to do as well. Most of the games are open to play as well as some of the rides – mainly for young children – the carousel and Bumper cars – my favorite!

Lake Compounce Carousel

Bumper Cars at Lake Compounce

As this young fella figured out, you don’t ride bumper cars in Connecticut in December without gloves. Make sure you bring gloves and wear layers. It’s cold out there!

Bumper Cars at Lake Compounce Connecticut

If you get too cold, stand by one of the fire pits to warm yourself and grab a hot cider or hot cocoa.

Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival

You can also go inside one of the many buildings that are open for business. Inside the shops you will find all manner of holiday decorations and unique ornaments to purchase.

Christmas Ornaments Weightlifter #crossfit

Christmas ornaments

You will see the snowman in the background a lot around the Lake Compounce park. Look for him on most of the streetlights. Look closely at this picture and you will see a kid pounding another kid in the snow. Doesn’t it remind you of that scene from the Christmas Story?

Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival

Everyone at the park is dressed up in some way. There are lots of elves lurking around and they are friendly too!

Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival Elves

A really fun activity to do indoors is to decorate cookies and Gingerbread houses. You get a bag to take your finished creation home in.

Gingerbread house decorating

Santa sure has a big mailbox!

Santas Mailbox

After you finish decorating your Gingerbread house, pop over to the next room and visit Santa.

Santa Claus at Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival

And don’t forget that Mrs Claus is waiting to tell stories to your little ones at the Gingerbread Theater, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Meet with Kyle the Crocodile at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm

Mrs Claus Storytime at Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival

You must take a ride on the Northpole Express train. You will need earmuffs for this ride in the cold night air.

Northpole Express Train at Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival

Northpole Express Train at Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival

Last but not least, check out the ice sculptor exhibit. You can watch as the sculptor is being created by the Ice Crew. The night we went they made Frosty the Snowman.

Ice Sculptor

Frosty the Snowman ice sculptor

Boy, are you in for a treat if you go to the Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival. You can find more details about pricing on their website and directions too. The Holiday Lights events is Free for 2012 and 2013 Season ticket holders and children under 3 are free as well.

Disclosure: We were invited to the media night event at the Lake Compounce Holiday Lights Festival. All opinions are our own.

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About Greg and Wendy

Greg and Wendy have been Connecticut residents since 1983, originally landing here because we were transferred from Virginia (where Wendy grew up) with the Navy. We raised three children in Connecticut and now blog full-time from the Nutmeg state (check out all of our sites at


  1. Gorgeous photos!!

  2. It was so nice seeing you and Greg! Love your pics!

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