When the lights are flashing on the big tree in front of Cava Restaurant in Southington, you know it’s officially the holiday season.
Cava decorates for Christmas every year. The display had simple beginnings, but became the light spectacular that locals love about six years ago.
“Last year we thought 50,000 lights was a lot,” says manager Tony Papahristou. This year’s holiday display boasts 85,000 lights.
Each dining area has its own theme. This year you’ll find the Ice Ballroom, a Medieval room, the Cave of Wonders from “Aladdin” and a “Beauty and the Beast” room featuring newly installed Swarovski crystal chandeliers.
Papahristou starts designing and planning the elaborate display in August. Cava’s 40 staff members work in shifts from mid-October to mid-November to have the decor completed before Thanksgiving.
And if you can’t get a reservation before Christmas, don’t fret. The Holiday Spectacular stays up until the end of January.