Hop in the car and take a drive around some of Connecticut’s best lit neighborhoods. Each holiday season there are “those houses” that are known for their dedication to putting up the best holiday light displays. Some even synchronize their lights to music. Drive by one of these light displays which are more affordable, taking donations or non-perishable food.
Lights On Lovley
14 Lovley Drive
Plantsville CT 06479
For the past few years, homeowners at 14 Lovley Drive have been hard at work to transform their home into an amazing musical light display. Their light show is synchronized to music every night from December 1 through January 1. Turn your radio to 96.1FM to follow along with the music and over 30,000 lights. The show’s length is approximately 30 minutes. Stop by Sundays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lights On Lovley collects non-perishable food items which are donated to the local food bank. Lovley Drive is located off of Frost Street in Southington.
Quiet Corner Christmas Lights
251 Wauregan Road
Brooklyn, CT 06234
Open later than most small town neighborhood light displays, Quiet Corner Christmas Lights puts on quite the show. Lights may outline each window, illuminate the outline of trees or even special holiday characters in the front yard. This display is located at 251 Wauregan Road in Brooklyn, Connecticut. The holiday light show follows along to music that can be heard on 95.1FM.
That House In Milford
75 Meadow End Road
Milford, CT 06460
It’s all in the name. That House In Milford holds up to its reputation and continues to grow each year. Expect to see at least 50,000 lights on display at homeowner Christopher Donnell’s house. Drive safely Sundays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Even and New Year’s Day. That House takes donations in person or online which are for the Connecticut Food Bank. These lights are worth the drive to Milford.
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The Christmas House
258 Main St.
Torrington, CT 06790
No space is left unlit at The Christmas House in Torrington. In its neck of the woods, it is known as house with the most lights throughout the yard as well as the interior and exterior of the house. It is an explosion of decorations piled into one property. The whole yard is full of decorations, lights and characters. It takes over 145 hours of labor to get the display up and running. The Christmas House is located off of Route 8 at exit 44 and off of East Main Street. Parking is available on Pearl Street. Guests can enjoy getting out of the car to walk around the property. The light display is featured from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for walking inside the house and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the outside. This house takes donations to keep their efforts going year after year.
122 Windmill Hill
Wethersfield, CT 06109
A combination of white and colored lights brighten the neighborhood of Windmill Hill in Wethersfield. Conveniently, it is centrally located in the state, providing easier access to those looking to take a drive to see free holiday light displays. Turn off of Willow Street and you will find “the house” lit up, before reaching the dead end. Expect to see trees, all of Santa’s reindeer and even Santa’s sleigh. Drive carefully as you pass or park to get a better view.
Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.