SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A time-honored tradition returns to Springfield on Wednesday night. Bright Nights at Forest Park will officially flip the switch on Wednesday evening to mark the holiday season.

The lighting ceremony began at 4:45 p.m. at Forest Park and featured a visit from Governor Charlie Baker. This is Governor Baker’s first time at the lighting ceremony for opening night and he was be the first Massachusetts Governor to make a visit to the holiday lighting event since its creation in 1995.

Joining him to kick off another season of Bright Nights was Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt. This is a long-continued tradition for Western Massachusetts. Bright Nights at Forest Park was created in 1995, when tickets were just $6. In honoring that tradition, admission Wednesday night is also just $6.

Bright Nights last year saw one of the most successful years in the past two decades. More than 45,000 cars drove through the light display, and city officials hope to see that kind of holiday spirit again this season. This year the spectacle runs right through January 2nd. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Officials expect a busy next few days over the Thanksgiving holiday as many look to get in the holiday spirit.