The annual Bright Nights holiday light display returns to Springfield’s Forest Park for its 24th season Wednesday night.
According to Spirit of Springfield Vice President Amy Barron-Burke, the display, which features more than 650,000 lights, is entering its 24th season and will open at 5 p.m. with a lighting ceremony in Santa’s Magical Forest.
Barron-Burke said Bright Nights will offer $6 admission on opening night as a throwback to when the display began in 1995.
The three-mile-long display will run for 40 days until January 1 but will be closed on November 26 and 27.
Admission will cost $18 per car Monday through Friday, and $21 per car on Fridays, Saturdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
People can take advantage of reduced admission prices on December 4 and 11 when admission is just $10 per car for $10 Tuesdays.
Gates will be open at the following times each night:
- Sunday- Thursday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (buses given priority until 6 p.m.)
- Friday, Saturday, and holidays: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. or until every car in line has taken the drive (buses are given priority until 6 p.m.)
Despite freezing temperatures, a large crowd is expected Wednesday for opening night. In 2017, 1,400 cars were in attendance, the largest in the history of the display.