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Springfield, Massachusetts—With Christmas decorations already in stores, the Spirit of Springfield decided to get a jump on the holiday season.  Tickets for Bright Nights at Forest Park’s 29th season are now on sale at  The tickets are valid for a car full of holiday revelers who will enjoy the three-mile drive through more than 700,000 lights, and a stop at Santa’s Magical Forest to visit with Santa, take a ride on the carousel, and grab a snack or a souvenir.

General admission tickets, valid for any night of the event, are $23.  Discounted tickets for specific dates are also available in limited quantities.  There is Roll Back night, which is Wednesday, November 22, 2023, opening night.  Tickets are the same price as they were in 1995, $6 per car.  $10 admission tickets are valid for Tuesday, December 5, and Tuesday December 12, $10 Tuesdays.  Limousine admission tickets are available for $35 each.

Big Y World Class Markets will make general admission tickets available on November 9, 2023.  The cost of the ticket will be $18 with Big Y Membership.

Buses have been making reservations all year.  Admission for a bus with seating capacity of 30+ passengers is $175.  Mini buses with seating between 17 and 30 passengers is $80.

Bright Nights Season Passes will only be available until November 1, 2023.  They can be used every night during the season, and they come with a coupon book full of savings for area restaurants and attractions.  They are a bargain at $60.

Bright Nights at Forest Park will be open from Wednesday, November 22, 2023, through Monday, January 1, 2024, and closed Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28, 2023.  The lights will be lit nightly at 5pm, and glow through 9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 10pm Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays that include Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

The Spirit of Springfield has been producing Bright Nights at Forest Park since its inception in 1995 with the Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management.  To-date, it has entertained over 7 million visitors.

For more information and all of the activities, including Supper with Santa, horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides, and special events in Santa’s Magical Forest, visit