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Bright Nights At Forest Park Begins 24th Season

Spirit of Springfield

 What’s billed as the premier holiday lighting display in the Northeast has launched its 24th season in Springfield, Massachusetts

Bright Nights at Forest Park features Christmas- and children’s storybook-themed lighting displays spread along three miles in the city’s largest park. 

With the exception of November 26th and 27th, when the park is closed for a road race, the lights are on every night through January 1, 2019.

A new display this year is sponsored by the Springfield Thunderbirds hockey team. It features two players passing a puck and the team’s logo.

On Friday, the focus shifts downtown for the annual Parade of the Big Balloons, a tree-lighting, and the opening of Springfield’s first outdoor ice skating rink.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke recently with Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt about all the activity.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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