Expect a frosty reception at Hubbard Park, especially around this time of year. Making spirits bright is the holiday mission in Meriden where the town gets amped up for the Festival of Silver Lights, a tradition since 1988. Jane Earnest, the Coordinator for Meriden Parks and Recreation Department, said "it started with a few deer and then little by little, each year, we had things flying in the air and then we had things in the water...and everybody who comes here has a specific thing they like." Lindsay Gagnon, from Bristol, came to the park to illuminate one year old son Aidan. "You can drive or you can walk, they have a little Santa's workshop and we're going to take a walk there, " Gagnon said.
Earnest estimates there are over 200 Thousand lights strung around the park, 98 percent are the same color, hence the name the Festival of Silver Lights. Three Hundred different displays dot the landscape, you can't miss the glow as you drive by the park on Route 691. "It's just beautiful, you come and see all the lights, all festive, it makes you get into the holiday spirit," said Carol Butkevich who comes every year from Waterbury. Jim Manders, from Bristol, said "if you're not in the holiday spirit it will put you in the holiday spirit." And if you find that commercialism has overtaken holidays, Jane Earnest offered a final thought about a walk in the park, " it makes you feel like there is Christmas and for those who doubt there is Christmas, come to Hubbard Park and find it."