SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield is kicking off the favorite tradition of the season Wednesday as Bright Nights at Forest Park opens with new displays for its 28th season.

This year Santa’s Magical Forest is shining even brighter, and new additions in the North Pole Village are ready to delight. The new light displays in Santa’s Magical Forest will have a façade for the gift shop, and a Sweet Shop display, as well as giant candy canes and lollipops.

The season kicked off just before 5pm Wedneday evening with a lighting ceremony featuring Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, the city’s director of parks Patrick Sullivan, President of Monarch Enterprises Paul Picknelly and Chair of the Spirit of Springfield John Sjoberg.

“I am hoping and praying for a joyous and safe and great holiday season here in the City of Springfield,” said Sarno.

General admission for Bright Nights on opening night is $6 per car. After Wednesday, general admission is $23 per car plus a $2 ticket fee. On December 6th and 13th, tickets are $10 per car plus a $2 ticket fee. Tickets must be purchased before your arrival at brightinghts.org, or at Big Y World Class Markets for $16.50 with a Silver Savings Card. Gates will be opening every night at 5:00 p.m.