Monday, November 28, 2016

Bright Nights 2016

After visiting the cemetery, we stopped for an early dinner at Michael's Pasta in the Pan, a small, family-owned restaurant in Agawam, Massachusetts. The restaurant is a favorite stop for us. The food is good, generous portions and served in a skillet for a fun table service.

After dinner, Himself had suggested taking in Bright Nights at Forest Park in nearby Springfield. Bright Nights is a seasonal lighting display. The last time we had visited was in 2007 when the Eldest was a freshman at a nearby college.

Bright Nights is a 3 mile driving tour of the park while seeing  650,000 lights.  For the little ones, there's also a chance to visit Santa Land to visit with the big guy, take a ride on a carousel and play inside a snowglobe..

The attraction is very popular especially as it gets closer to the holiday. The police have the route to the park well marked, but be paitent. Your patience will be rewarded with the charming displays. Some of them even have motion like the frog jumping into the pond, elves tossing packages into Santa's sleigh, and a snowball fight.

This would look good marking the driveway entrance at the Dollhouse

Entrance to Seussland
Children's author, Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel) lived in Springfield

Horton Hears A Who in TARDIS Blue!

Noah's Ark
Can you see the giraffe bobbing its head?


Poinsettia Arch
I think this might have marked the entrance to the Peace Garden
ironically sponsored by local business, Smith and Wesson

Some of my favorite displays were the ones reflected in the pond

Masnion by corporate sponsor, Comcast

Sleigh ride

Polar bear with his green nose cut off

Arch of blue lights

I thought this toy soldier and his companion should go into the Christmas Lights Relocation Program
I think they'd look pretty awesome standing guard at the front door of the Dollhouse

Rocking Horse


  1. ink....tell yur mom we said thanx for sharin...thiz iz awesum.....did ewe get two go a long ore did ya stay home N call out for yur own take out frum Michael's !! ☺☺☺ we iz big time fanz oh Seuss heer; matter oh fax... one fish two fish....BEST BOOK EVER !! ☺☺☺♥♥♥

    1. Hey Tabbies! I hate riding in the prison box so I stayed home. Sat on the dining room table. Walked on the china hutch. Because what your mama don't know, your mama don't mind. Favorite Seuss book is Green Eggs and Ham.

  2. Peace garden....? Smith and Wesson....? Talk about your oxymoron..... :-/

    1. Isn't it just? Himself was the one who noticed the corporate sponsor sign. It could have easily said Piece Garden