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.
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!
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!
If you get too cold, stand by one of the fire pits to warm yourself and grab a hot cider or hot cocoa.
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.
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?
Everyone at the park is dressed up in some way. There are lots of elves lurking around and they are friendly too!
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.
Santa sure has a big mailbox!
After you finish decorating your Gingerbread house, pop over to the next room and visit Santa.
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
You must take a ride on the Northpole Express train. You will need earmuffs for this ride in the cold night air.
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.
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.