Holiday Light Fantasia is a much loved Greater Hartford tradition and this season's destination. The 2-mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights.
Whimsical holiday scenes, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright in larger-than-life lighted scenes and 200 individual displays. Lighted animations celebrate not only Christmas, but Hanukkah, New Years and Three Kings Day.
Benefitting the Channel 3 Kids Camp, the Hartford Holiday tradition welcomed over 90,000 visitors last year! We look forward to welcoming even more supporters throughout the lighted celebration from November 24, 2016 through January 1, 2017.
Entertainment budget shrinking? Holiday Light Fantasia provides affordable family fun!
A chance to escape the hustle and bustle while creating lasting traditions the whole family will enjoy!
Make seasons bright all year-long! All proceeds benefit year-round programs at Channel 3 Kids Camp
Restaurateur and promoter Frank Maratta, who created the popular drive-through light display in 1999, donated all of the light displays and equipment to the Channel 3 Kids Camp, a nonprofit year-round camp that serves nearly 3,000 children from every county in Connecticut and throughout New England.
The Goodwin Park holiday event is owned and managed by the Channel 3 Kids Camp and proceeds from the admission fees will help us to operate our 150-acre year-round program.
"We are very grateful for Frank Maratta's extraordinary vision in creating this fantastic light display and his generosity in transferring it to the Channel 3 Kids Camp so we can ensure its continuation for years to come," says Kids Camp CEO, Denise Hornbecker.
Each year nearly 3,000 children ages 3-25 from Connecticut and areas throughout New England attend the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT. The unique, year-round program makes it possible for all children to attend camp without financial restrictions.
A ‘Kids Camp Experience’ is the ultimate retreat for children. Our positive programming continues summer learning and encourages values for a successful life beyond camp. We promote leadership, diversity and integrity with activities that broaden self-esteem, communication and respect for others.
Now offering year-round programs including:
Traditional Overnight & Day Camp
Camp Ventures (an afterschool program)
Hosts Nature’s Classroom, an residential environmental program promoting an academic experience, with an emphasis on scientific inquiry and critical thinking
Partners with Camp Abilities to provide camping experiences to children who are visually impaired, blind or deaf blind.
Year-round teen leadership program: social, academic, career and cultural development for ‘graduated’ campers
Sibling Connections, reunites separated siblings in foster care through a therapeutic camp experience
Offer special sessions for children of Military families who may be dealing with the stress of a deployed parent or other military family challenges.
NEW! Respite Weekends
Open Arms Child Care Center
As of Summer 2014 we serve children and adults with special needs alongside typically developing children! Our dorm-style cabin, Ashley’s Place, accommodates children and adults of varying abilities with 24-hour nursing support. The Channel 3 Kids Camp serves individuals all year long regardless of economic, physical or developmental ability to come play, learn and grow without barriers.