Finally, the City is stepping away from the tradition of lighting desolate Constitution Plaza. This year, they will be decorating Bushnell Park, used by families and residents. The City of Hartford has sent the following press release:
A beloved 47-year-old holiday tradition in the City of Hartford is getting reinvigorated thanks to a strengthened public-private partnership. The Hartford Festival of Light® is moving to historic Bushnell Park from Constitution Plaza in order to add a new interactive family feature— an outdoor skating rink.
“Skating in the park will make ringing in the holiday season more than a day in the Capital City, it will be an experience for residents and visitors alike to enjoy over and over again,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. “By working with our team of gracious partners, we’ll be able to have Santa’s helpers in his workshop start building the rink the day after Thanksgiving so that families can enjoy the facility for approximately four weeks.”
The more centrally located venue for the event will make it more accessible to the Theatre and entertainment district and restaurants.
The event begins November 26th.
Update: Photos of the 2010-2011 Festival of Light display and times for skating.
Update: Info for Festival of Lights 2011-2012 (now called Winterfest)