How To Get Teens In The Holiday Spirit: Show Them Holiday Lights

Something happened to our Christmas Spirit.  It seems to have gotten lost!  Ever since my kids have gotten older and “know” about Santa, some f the spark has gone out of Christmas.  I missed it,  a lot.  Then we took a family road trip  to Lake Compounce and its fantastic Holiday Lights, and it was  was magical again!

We’ve been to Holiday Lights a few times before, but this year when they offered us tickets to the  park,  my son was even more excited! He invited a bunch of his friends along, and they had a blast together!



The trick was to let them go of and explore- there’s so much to do!  Lake Compounce is the perfect size- there is lots to see and do, but not so big you’ll worry about them getting lost.

During Holiday Lights, most of the big attractions aren’t open, but there are still lots to ride for fun!

These rides are open: American Flyers, Bumper Cars,  North Pole Express,  Carousel,  Twister,  Zoomer’s Gas N’ Go ,  Caterpillar Train, Drop Zone, Drum Circus, Flying Elephants, Jolly Jester, Kiddie Coaster , Little Critters, Little Dare Devils  and Rainbow Riders.  There a a few carnival games open, too, to try and win a prize, and some cute shops open for Holiday shopping.

And food?  Well, come hungry, because Lake Compounce has filled the park with FOOD TRUCKS.  It was like a street festival!  You caa choose from many different types of food- 744 Express , Poutine, The Whey Station, NoRA Cupcake CompanySpuds Your Way,  Chunky Tomato,  Chompers, Deb’s Cafe and  Sultan Kebab 


I had to have the Poutine. It was, quite simply, sublime.  Worth the drive JUST for the Poutine. Well, other things, too, but MAN that Poutine was amazing. Go get some. Seriously. GO.

Anyway, I gave the teen boy some cash and a refillable Hot Chocolate cup, and let him loose!  You can purchase a reusable hot cup  for $8 ($7 if you buy it  online!) and  you can have all the free refills of hot chocolate your whole time at the park!  The Hot chocolate was YUMMY, too!  Ally and I shared our cup.


and I had to take a pic with the sweet snowmen hanging outside the Balloon Guys place.  Getting refills was quick and easy, too.



We passed the teens a few times as we took the Littles around to see the amazing lights and  smaller kids rides and they were all laughing and having fun.   There were lots of activities to do at Holiday Lights, too!

The OUTDOOR Activities:

  • Ride the North Pole Railway
  • Select childrens and family rides open
    (unless weather is prohibitive)
  • Caroling
  • Special entertainment
  • Nightly appearances by special costumed guests
  • Special fire pits for staying warm
  • Balloon animals
  • Ice carver making gorgeous creations
  • Story time with Mrs. Claus

The INDOOR Activities:

  • Pictures with Santa. (will have a charge)
  • Cookie decorating, letters to Santa plus many more fun
    seasonal activities for the whole family*.
  • Shops filled with holiday gifts perfect for everyone!
  • Great food served hot from our unique
    food trucks!

Every time we came across the teens they were laughing and having fun and I can safely say we ALL had fun!  You will definitely need to take a family photo in front of the MASSIVE  Christmas Tree- the largest one in  Connecticut, as a matter of fact!


Holiday Lights will be open Fridays (5-9pm) Saturdays and Sundays (4-9pm) until December 18th , and is in Bristol, CT.  Tickets are 12.99 and 10.99, and you can get great deals online, too.


We were provided tickets and parking to Holiday Lights in exchange for this review. 



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