Drive-thru at Bright Nights on Thanksgiving night

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – What better way to kick off the holiday season than with the 26th season of Bright Nights on Thanksgiving night.

It’s only the second night of the holiday experience and it has already been seen by hundreds of guests.

After the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Bright Nights ball, the pancake breakfast, and with the parade of the big balloons, the Spirit of Springfield’s Executive Director Judy Matt was hoping for a strong start to Bright Nights Wednesday and Thursday.

“Friday night will be a very busy night. That was because families came to visit. We don’t know how many families. We’re looking forward to a great season,” Matt told 22News.

Instead of the normal crowds, the Spirit of Springfield opted for a 3.5 mile long drive-thru experience that features more than 675,000 LED lights.

For many coming the Bright Nights is a family tradition. With all the ups and downs of 2020, a little holiday cheer might be just what we need.

Bright Nights’ 26th anniversary season continues every evening at Forest Park through January 6.

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