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Events, Rides & Santa

Experience the magic of the holidays at Lake Compounce.

Holiday lights

Special Events

Experience it all this Holiday Lights season with a 2024 Season Pass!

Opening Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa’s Arrival: Join us November 24th at 5:00pm as we light CT's Tallest Christmas Tree and Santa arrives for the season, hosted by special guest Jenny Boom Boom from Hot 93.7. 

Passholder Perk Days: Enjoy magical passholder perks on select days of Holiday Lights, like Bring-A-Friend free, free hot cocoa refills, 50% off select merchandise, and a Sweet Shoppe surprise!

CommUnity Weekend: Join us December 1 - 3 and embrace the joy of togetherness as we come together to celebrate and enjoy a weekend filled with festivities and community spirit. 

Pawliday Lights: Bring the entire family out plus the pup December 8 - 10. Enjoy photos with Santa, pup cups and meet the Meriden Humane Society Dec 9 to learn about adoptable dogs, donate to pups in need, and more! For all donation needs, click here.

Kids New Year's Eve Bash: Ring in the New Year Early with our Kid's New Year's Eve Bash on December 31. Join us for bubble dance party with a DJ, a juicebox toast, and our final fireworks show of the season.

Mother & Daughter

Season of Giving

Embrace the spirit of giving with Lake Compounce's Season of Giving, offering unique opportunities for guests to spread holiday cheer to local organizations this holiday season.

Giving Tuesday: Nov 28. In honor of Giving Tuesday Lake Compounce has committed to donate one 2024 Single Day Ticket for every Season Pass sold to the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol.

CommUnity Weekend: Dec 1 - 3. Free parking in exchange for winter gear for the Bristol Boys & Girls Club. 

Pawliday Lights: Dec 8 - 10. Free parking in exchange for a pet donation to the Meriden Humane Society. For all donation needs, click here.

Give A Gift, Get a Gift: Dec 15 - 17. Free parking in exchange for non-perishable goods & essential personal care items donated to Bread For Life.

Christmas Tree

CT's Tallest Christmas Tree & Dazzling Light Show

The night comes alive with a dazzling Light Show at our Main Gate area, happening every evening. It's the perfect way to add a touch of magic to your visit and create lasting memories with friends and family.

Opening Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa's Arrival: Join us November 24th at 5:00pm as we relight Connecticut's Tallest Christmas Tree and Santa arrives for the season, hosted by special guest Jenny Boom Boom from Hot 93.7. 

Santa with children

Santa's Workshop

Step into a world of enchantment and wonder as you embark on an unforgettable journey to meet Santa Claus himself at the Starlight Theater! Create cherished memories and spread holiday joy with a keepsake photo that captures the magic of the season. Meet our elves in the Starlight Theater to write your very own letter to Santa, you may even get a response back before the holidays are over!

Santa Hours: Fridays 6:00PM to 8:30PM  |  Saturdays/Sundays 4:00PM to 6:30PM


Kyle dancing!

Kyle's Dance Party

Join us at the Circus World Stage and dance the night away with Kyle the Crocodile and Friends!

Mrs. Clause!

Storytime with Ellie Peppermint

Join us for an enchanting interactive story time with Ellie Peppermint! With surprises, laughter, and heartwarming moments, it's a festive journey into the world of holiday storytelling that the whole family can enjoy. 


North Pole Express

All aboard the North Pole Express! Experience the enchantment of the holiday season as you embark on a magical train ride. 

Holiday Characters

More Holiday Fun

Enjoy even more Holiday fun at Holiday Lights!

Holiday Character Visits: Meet your favorite characters including Ellie Peppermint and Penguin Pidi as they spread joy, take photos, and create unforgettable moments for the whole family. 

Balloon Twisting: Get your very own holiday balloon at Timberjack Chowhouse. 

Make Your Own Snow Globe*: Learn how to make your very own snow globe in Chuckles on Main Street. 

Stuff-A-Bear*: Make your very own holiday bear at our Stuff-A-Bear location in Chuckles.

Personalized Ornaments*: Personalize your very own ornament this season. Located in Santa’s Workshop across from the North Pole Express.

Face Painting*:  Add a touch of holiday magic with festive face painting! Let our talented artists transform your face into a winter wonderland, a festive character, or anything your heart desires.

Scavenger Hunt: Embark on a joyful scavenger hunt throughout the park! Discover the 12 Days of Chrismas as you explore the park's holiday sights, sounds & rides. Happy hunting and happy holidays!

*Available for an additional charge

Child on Carrousel with dad

Holiday Rides

Oh what fun it is to ride! Enjoy family friendly rides and attractions at Holiday Lights.

American Flyers
Boocifer's Haunted Holiday at Ghost Hunt
Bumper Cars
Drop Zone
Drum Circus
Fantasy Carousel
Flying Elephants
Jolly Jester


Kiddie Coaster
Kiddie Swinger
Little Critters
Little Dare Devils
North Pole Express*
Rainbow Riders
Zoomer’s Gas N’ Go

Each ride is weather permitting.

Holiday Lights - Passholder Perks

Passholders get even more holiday cheer! FREE hot cocoa refills every day with the purchase of souvenir mug, holiday gift savings and surprises make the merriest season ever. Plus, share the joy with (1) Free ticket each Bring-A-Friend day.

Not a Season Passholder yet? Get Holiday Lights FREE when you buy a Season Passes now!

Nov 24 ‚Äď 26 & Dec 1 - 3:¬†50% off select merchandise *exclusions apply

Nov 24 ‚Äď 26 & Dec 1 - 3, 8: Bring-A-Friend Any Day

Dec 8‚Äď10, 15-17, 22-23, 28-31:¬†Stop by the Sweet Shoppe for a Holiday Surprise!

Dec 31: Ring in the New Year Early with our Kid's New Year's Eve Bash. Join us for a bubble dance party with a DJ, a juicebox toast, and our final fireworks show of the season.

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Experience the magic of the holidays at Lake Compounce.