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Appreciation Breakfast 2019

Source:  MassLive
Published:  March 3, 2019

20190226_sos_0141.jpgSPRINGFIELD -- As the March equinox fast approaches and residents prepare for their spring gardening needs, it was a different feeling in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Springfield Tuesday.

Holiday music filled the room where nearly 200 guests of Spirit of Springfield  gathered to reflect the first 24-years of Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield.

Joining the breakfast were longtime supporters and sponsors who have worked behind the scenes to bring the holiday season to light.

The economic gain to the area has exceeded $15 million according to the Spirit of Springfield management team which has sponsored the event since its inception by Judy Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield.

Patrick Sullivan, of the Springfield Department of Parks, Building and Recreation Management said when the event was started, their mission was simple, to make memories for families and friends. Today more than 5.4 million visitors have passed through the gate added Sullivan.

The 2018 season of Bright Nights was a joint effort by many local sponsors such as: 

*The Arbors Kids

*Asnuntuck Community College

*Balise Auto

*Baystate Health

*Big Y World Class Markets

*Charlie Arment Trucking, Inc.

*Columbia Gas of Massachusetts


*Eversource Energy

*Gleason Johndrow Landscaping

*Health New England

*iHeart Media



*MGM Springfield

*The MP Group


*The Republican


*Sheraton Springfield

*Skip's Outdoor Accents

*Springfield College

*Springfield Thunderbirds


The 25th anniversary season will open Nov. 27 and operate through January 5, 2020.

Bright Nights
Located in Forest Park

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300 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA 01108

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From MA, NH, VT, NY:
Exit 6 off Mass Pike (I-90) to I-291 West (Springfield) to I-91 South. I-91 South to Exit 4 (Route 83/Main Street). Follow Route 83 with left at light, straight through next light, first right up Longhill Street, left at next light on to Sumner Avenue. Straight through two lights. Forest Park is on the right.

From CT:
Exit 2 off I-91 North, (Route 83/Forest Park/East Longmeadow). Straight through first light. Right at next light onto Route 83 South/Sumner Avenue. Straight through two lights. Forest Park is on the right.


November 25, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Closed November 30 - December 1, 2020

Sunday through Thursday – 5PM to 9PM

Friday, Saturday and Holidays* – 5PM to 11PM

Buses with Reservations Priority – 5PM to 6PM

*Holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day (5pm to 9pm)