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Festival of Lights: Holiday display returns tonight

November 6, 2018

For years, volunteers from area companies have met once a year at Lighthouse Park in New Haven for a night of setting up safety cones and collecting money during Fantasy of Lights. Trust us; it’s a heartwarming tradition for volunteers and the hundreds of people who attend alike.

You pay a small fee and you drive slowly through the park, which is lit with thousands of colorful lights in festive designs.

Of course many of you know this because you do it every year. Volunteers enjoy greeting holiday-spirited visitors and also when folks pull up during an interstate trip and say they saw the sign for the event on the highway.

Each display, said a spokeswoman, is sponsored by a local area business, corporation, individual or organization. All of the displays have gone green, fitted with new LED light bulbs that save electricity and make the displays even more vibrant and colorful. Thanks to sponsors, all proceeds help to support Goodwill of Southern New England’s mission to enhance employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.

A few tips for the light show from organizers:

You can tune your radio to 87.9 to hear holiday music and information about the displays. For a different view, 3D glasses are $2 per pair and include coupons to use in Goodwill stores.For the safety of yourself and others, all attendees must remain inside their vehicle at all times on the roughly one-mile route.

Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven. Thursday, Nov. 15, to Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cash admission $10 per car, $25 per mini-bus, $50 per full-sized bus. In extreme weather, call 203-777-2000. goodwillsne.org

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