Let There Be Lights
Holiday lights are lighting up the darkness all along the shoreline and Connecticut River valley. Here is information on several displays in our area.
• Ivoryton Illuminations will light up downtown Ivoryton through Friday, Jan. 5, near the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton. More than 350,000 lights make the village sparkle in a display that is one of the brightest in the area. Displays include a 24-foot trees, more than 40 orbs, and what is billed Connecticut’s largest living Christmas tree. Visitors can tune their car radio to 101.5FM, and watch the lights dance to the music. This event is volunteer-driven and sponsors including Essex Lions, Essex Savings Bank, Valley Courier, Riggio & Sons General Contractors, Wilcox Tree Service, and Westbrook Elks. For more information, visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/ivoryton-illuminations-saturday-december-3rd-details.
• In Guilford, Joe’s Amazing Lights returns for the final year. Founder Joe Petrowski has synched up 65,000 lights with 10 songs, and through a collection box, allows visitors to make donations to Make A Wish Connecticut. You can visit Joe’s Amazing Lights outside 163 Valley Shores Drive, Guilford. The lights run Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m. until Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Donations may be left in the collection box on display. For more information, visit Joe’s Amazing Lights on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JoesAmazingLights. Find out more by visiting zip06.com and searching for “One Last Show in Guilford for Joe’s Amazing Lights.”
• The Fantasy of Lights will be on display at Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, through Sunday, Dec. 31. More than 100,000 bulbs on 60 animated light displays can be further enhanced with 3D glasses. Admission for a car or family van is $10, a mini-bus is $25, and a full-size bus is $50. All proceeds support Goodwill of Southern Connecticut, which supports people with disabilities and other challenges become more self-sufficient. For more information, visit www.goodwillsne.org/event/fantasy-of-lights/.