One of Connecticut’s most popular summer attractions, Lake Compounce in Bristol transforms itself every December into a wonderous holiday experience that is perfect for families of all ages. This event takes place this year on Friday nights from 5 pm to 9 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 4 pm to 9 pm. when the park will be covered in hundreds of thousands of holiday lights and holiday music wafts through the crisp cold air.
A highlight is a brunch with Santa on December 22 starting at 2 pm. that is catered by Santa’s special elves! There will be holiday music, a sing-along, interactive reindeer games, a magical carousel ride and photos with Santa of course!
‘Holiday Lights’ will provide full family entertainment for all ages, and include festive activities such as a spectacular light show every half hour at the main gate, which will feature tens of thousands of dancing lights set to holiday music. Kiddieland rides and family-themed rides will be in operation. The Train will be transformed into the North Pole Railway, operated by a very special, uniformed train conductor with a magical holiday story to tell.
There will be indoor activities such as cookie decorating and gingerbread house making. Children will be given the opportunity to customize their very own letter to Santa, and will then receive a personalized letter sent directly to them, from Santa, just a few days later. On the Kiddieland stage children can enjoy Story Time with
Mrs. Clause. There will be carolers strolling throughout the park, an ice carver creating unique, frozen sculptures, and lots more festive entertainment including clowns making balloon animals and lots of holiday characters greeting guests. The childhood favorite; photos with Santa is not to be missed in the Winter Wonderland Starlight Theatre.
The park’s gift shops will also be loaded with holiday-themed merchandise for sale so guests can get their holiday shopping done, and new this year great food will be served hot from unique and festive food trucks. Another new attraction is the Holiday Craft Fair on Nov. 11 that will feature a selection of holiday craft vendors selling handmade items that are perfect for holiday décor or a gift for a special loved one.
There will be eight food trucks at the park offering everything from pizza to waffles, sliders to special festive beverages and sweets. There will also be a variety of rides open including the North Pole Express, the carousel, twister, American flyers, Zoomers gas and go, drop zone, caterpillar train, drum circus, flying elephants, jolly jester, a kiddie coaster, little critters, daredevils and rainbow riders.
Admission is $15.99 for adults, $11.99 for kids ages 4-10, seniors (60+) $11.99 and kids under three are free. Tickets are available online.