Lake Compounce to host holiday lights display with 300,000 lights

Sure you could spend Black Friday in a turkey coma after scarfing down a third helping of leftovers or browsing for holiday deals, but Lake Compounce will be offering folks a chance to get into a jolly spirit when its Holiday Lights event kicks off on Nov. 26. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic kept the amusement parks holiday festivities in the dark for 2020, Lake Compounce will be switching on all 300,000 lights this holiday season. “Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce is back in a big way,” Amy Thomas, the amusement park’s marketing director said in a press release. “We are already hard at work stringing thousands of lights and putting up our 100-foot-tall Christmas tree. Fitting for our 175th birthday, the tree has 175,000 lights – it’s a can’t-miss way to know holiday cheer has returned to Connecticut.”

In addition to showcasing festive lights in the “glimmering holiday wonderland,” Lake Compounce will be offering family-friendly holiday activities like Elf Boot Camp, writing letters to Santa, cookie decorating and gingerbread house building. Lake Compounce will also offer caroling, storytime with Mrs. Claus and the chance to meet and take photos with the big man himself as Santa will be at the park from Nov. 26 through Dec. 19. 

The park will also have attractions like Drop Zone, Drum Circus, the North Pole Railway and American Flyers open. Lake Compounce’s ghost hunting ride will also be displaying its first holiday transformation as Boocier’s Haunted Holiday. 

Holiday Lights will run every weekend from Nov. 26 through Jan. 1 (except for Christmas day) and kicks off with a tree lighting on Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. The park will be open from 4-9 p.m. on Friday and 5-9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information visit

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Special events:

Nov. 26: Grab your most hideous and festive attire and show it off at Lake Compounce's inaugural Ugly Sweater Party as the amusement park teams up with its sister parks to hold the world's largest ugly sweater event.
Dec. 3-4: The park will offer free parking with a toy donation for the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol. 
Dec. 5: Let your furry pals get in on the holiday spirit at Pawliday Lights. Fido can meet Santa, have a puppichino and Dog Star Rescue will have adoptable pets for you to meet.
Dec. 10-12: Lake Compounce will hold their first Holiday Market featuring wares by local artisans. 
Dec. 17-19: Lake Compounce will offer gingerbread treats and drinks as part of their Gingerbread Weekend. Visitors can also build a gingerbread house and decorate gingerbread cookies.
Dec. 26: Pawliday Lights returns. 
Dec. 27- Jan. 1: Lake Compounce offers up minty treats during Peppermint Week. 
Dec. 31: Kid's New Years Eve will offer bubbles and a juice box toast.