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Giant Holiday Light Display Returns To Springfield's Forest Park

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
Spirit of Springfield

One of the largest holiday light displays in the Northeast is back for a 22nd year in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Bright Nights at Forest Park is a three-mile long display of more than 650,000 lights arranged in Christmas and children’s storybook themes. 

Produced by the nonprofit Spirit of Springfield organization and the city’s parks department, it traditionally attracts large crowds, who come by the carload and busload, according to Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt.

"200,000 is the average number of people we have annually," said Matt. " Some years when the weather is really great we do more, sometimes we do less, but 200,000 is the average."

The Bright Nights display is open nightly to the public through New Years Day.

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