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Night Out at Lake Compounce Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights
Written by Timothy Stobierski

Every Christmas, the Lake Compounce Holiday Lights display showcases thousands of holiday lights, light shows, and the tallest Christmas tree in Connecticut.

If you’re anything like me, you’d make any excuse to head to Lake Compounce—no matter the time of year. Lake Compounce capitalizes on this by providing us with seasonal attractions that keep us coming back whether it’s 90 degrees or 40 degrees: in the summer it’s got rides and the water park; in the fall it’s got The Haunted Graveyard, and in the winter it’s got the Holiday Lights.

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Lights! And the Tallest Christmas Tree in Connecticut

In addition to sporting thousands of holiday lights and spectacular light shows set to music (every half hour!), the park is home to the tallest Christmas tree in Connecticut, which stands at 100 feet tall. There’s a nightly tree-lighting ceremony featuring special guests. This is the fifth year that the park has held its annual Christmas-themed events, and each year brings with it new decorations and light displays. Even if you’ve gone before, it’s worth checking out again!

Lake Compounce Holiday Lights


If you’re always bummed out by the end-of-summer rush to get your last fill of rides, you’re in luck: Select rides are open during the Holiday lights event, as long as the weather’s not too bad. They include American Flyers, Bumper Cars, North Pole Express, the Carousel, Twister, Zoomer’s Gas N’ Go, Caterpillar Train, Drop Zone, Drum Circus, Flying Elephants, Jolly Jester, Kiddie Coaster, Little Critters, Little Dare Devils, and Rainbow Riders.

Lake Compounce Holiday Lights

Holiday Activities for Families

In addition to the lights, tree, and rides, there is a slew of activities that you and your family can participate in to get into the holiday spirit. These are perfect for adults and small kids alike and include:

  • A ride on the North Pole Railway
  • Caroling
  • Costumed guests
  • Fire pits for staying warm and toasty
  • Balloon animal experts
  • An ice carver creating gorgeous winter-themed carvings
  • Pictures with Santa (for an additional fee)
  • Cookie decorating and letter-writing to Santa (for an additional fee)
  • Shops full of holiday gifts so you can get your shopping done while having fun
  • Unique food trucks

Lake Compounce Holiday Lights

New Holiday Lights Activities for 2018

2018 brings with it a brand new way to enjoy the holiday lights at Lake Compounce: Brunch with Santa! On December 1, 8, 15, and 22, visitors will be able to eat brunch, and will then be able to visit with Santa for stories, pictures, and more. After visiting with Santa, you can enjoy the rest of the park at will. Admission for this event is $49.99 for adults, $29.99 for children aged 4 to 10, and Free for children 3 and younger.

Helpful Information

Where: Lake Compounce Family Theme Park, 186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol
When: Fridays from 5pm–9pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 4pm–9pm, From November 23rd through December 23rd
Cost: Tickets are $12.99 for adults if bought online and $15.99 if bought at the gate, $10.99 for children 10 & younger and for Seniors (60+), and free for children 3 and younger.
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About the author

Timothy Stobierski

Tim Stobierski is a Connecticut native and a freelance writer and editor who has worked with a number of publishers including Taunton, Abrams, and Yale University Press. He has written for Grow Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Hartford Courant, and many other publications. His first book of poetry, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer was published in 2012 by River Otter Press. He is the founding editor of, a website focused on helping college students avoid and pay off their student loan debt.

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