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Spirit of Springfield

www.spiritofspringfield.org

November 2019

Bright Nights at Forest Park, Opening Night

November 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Forest Park, 300 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA 01108
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For opening night, the Spirit of Springfield will be rolling back admission to 1995 prices when Bright Nights at Forest Park opened. The fee will just be $6 per car, and free for Bright Nights Loyalty Card Members. Bright Nights at Forest Park has grown and become known as the Northeast’s premier holiday lighting experience.  It has been named seven times as one of the Top 100 Attractions in North America by the American Bus Association, listed on People.com as…

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Bright Nights at Forest Park, 25th Season

November 28, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Forest Park, 300 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA 01108
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This extraordinary light display lights up the dark of winter and warms the hearts of all those who visit. There are more than 675,000 lights that bring Bright Nights to light. There are also many opportunities to take the experience beyond the lights. It can all begin with a stop at Santa's Magical Forest, first left after Seuss Land. There visitors will find Santa, snacks, souvenirs, and rides. There is a carousel, mini tractors and a holiday train. Santa will smile…

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Springfield, Parade of the Big Balloons

November 29 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 am EST
parade of big balloons

Come and see the variety of balloons. Main Street in downtown Springfield will be filled with people, bands, motorized contingents, huge colorful balloon characters and much more the day after Thanksgiving, as the Spirit of Springfield launches the annual Parade of the Big Balloons. Santa will arrive high atop Springfield Fire Department Ladder #1. He will be waving to the crowd and watching out for good girls and boys. Since 1991, the Spirit of Springfield has helped welcome Santa Claus…

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December 2019

Bright Nights at Forest Park, Supper with Santa

December 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 15, 2019

Forest Park, 300 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA 01108
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Supper with Santa is a special treat for true-believers of all ages. There is a kid-friendly menu at the Barney Carriage House and a place at every table for Santa on Sunday, December 9 and 16. Guests are welcome to take their own photos with Santa. Kid Friendly Menu featuring; Chop Chop Salad with Creamy House Dressing, Gorgonzola Cheese and Bacon Baked Ziti Chicken Tenders with Assorted Dipping Sauces French Fries with Ketchup Cheese Pizza and Meat Lovers Pizza Assorted…

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Bright Nights at Forest Park, Zoo Night

December 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
The Zoo in Forest Park, 293 Sumner Ave
Springfield, MA 01108
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Join us at The Zoo on Dec 11th for one festive evening. Once inside Bright Nights, those who want to spend some time visiting the animals in The Zoo will pay $5 per adult (it's FREE for children!). Join us for up-close animal encounters, free hot apple cider, carolers, and an appearance by Santa Claus! Tickets are available at The Zoo entrance. $5 - Adults Free - Children 12 and under Free - Military families with active ID $3 -…

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Bright Nights at Forest Park, Gingerbread House Decorating

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Forest Park, 300 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA 01108
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Join Peter Gray from Pete's Sweets to decorate a gingerbread house in the Barney Carriage in Forest Park.  He will demonstrate how to frost, perfectly place the candies and make a miniature masterpiece for the holiday table. Pre-Paid Reservations Required. Reservations are limited to 25 decorators. Receive one complimentary vehicle admission with reservations and payment made by November 26, 2019. $35 per decorator (includes one pre-built gingerbread house) $5 per sous chef (escort) Children under 16 must be accompanied by an…

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Symphony Hall, Army Band Holiday Concert

December 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST
Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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With its 40-musicians, the 215th Army Band will fill the stage and fill the air with the mellifluous sounds on Sunday at 2pm in Springfield Symphony Hall. Free tickets are available at Big Y World Class Markets in Western Mass, Mercy Medical Center Information Desk, 1350 Main Street/One Financial Plaza Security Desk or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Spirit of Springfield, 1350 Main Street, Suite 1004, Springfield, MA 01103. The concert is free, but tickets are recommended.…

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Bright Nights at Forest Park, Supper with Santa

December 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 15, 2019

Forest Park, 300 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA 01108
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Supper with Santa is a special treat for true-believers of all ages. There is a kid-friendly menu at the Barney Carriage House and a place at every table for Santa on Sunday, December 9 and 16. Guests are welcome to take their own photos with Santa. Kid Friendly Menu featuring; Chop Chop Salad with Creamy House Dressing, Gorgonzola Cheese and Bacon Baked Ziti Chicken Tenders with Assorted Dipping Sauces French Fries with Ketchup Cheese Pizza and Meat Lovers Pizza Assorted…

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Bright Nights at Forest Park, New Year’s Eve

December 31 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Forest Park, 300 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA 01108
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Ring in 2019 with a visit to Bright Nights at Forest Park. On December 31, lights will be lit from 5pm to 11pm. Children receive a complimentary ticket for one of the amusement rides in Santa's Magical Forest and a festive hat or noisemaker in the Gift Shop.

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May 2020

Springfield Annual Pancake Breakfast

May 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Downtown Springfield, Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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“World's Largest Pancake Breakfast" returns to Main Street in Downtown Springfield as the community sits down at Springfield’s breakfast table in celebration of the city’s May 14, 1636 founding. The World's Largest Pancake Breakfast has been a celebration of Springfield's spirit since 1986, when Springfield celebrated its 350th birthday. Saturday, May 9 at 8AM and will last until the last flapjack has been flipped. The breakfast table will stretch down Main Street to Court Square.  There will be three cooking…

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July 2020

Independence Day, Springfield Fireworks

July 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Riverfront Park, 1360 W Columbus Avenue
Springfield, MA 01105
star spangled springfield

On Thursday, July 4th, Star Spangled Springfield will be back in Riverfront Park with music, patriotism, and pyrotechnics. Festivities will begin at 6pm. All eyes will be to the skies at 9:30pm as Fireworks by Grucci's launches pyrotechnics from the Memorial Bridge.

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