NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Fantasy of Lights holiday drive-thru display at Lighthouse Point Park was the target of a break-in this weekend.

Goodwill of Southern New England (GWSNE) reported Monday, sometime overnight Sunday to Monday, the office trailer at the park was broken into and a safe containing cash and business-related items was stolen.

“They climbed in the windows, they cut the video camera,” Richard Borer, president of GWSN said. “Security cameras were all cut, so they obviously knew what they were doing. They took a safe out, and so they’re probably trying to open that right now as we speak…There was only some start-up money there. It was only around $600 that was stolen. The case was there in case of inclement weather, or in case there’s not a police escort. New Haven Police have been wonderful.” 

The Fantasy of Lights has been a holiday tradition for thousands of families for over 27 years.

“Ironically, these same folks that did this, if they had asked for help, we’d have given it to them,” Borer said. “Whether it’s give-away coats in the winter, or whether it’s other resources that we can help people through our programming or through our other resources and our partners.”

New Haven Police said investigators are reviewing surveillance footage and other evidence to develop leads in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Haven Police Department Investigative Services Division at (203) 946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous or submit tips anonymously by calling 1-866-888-TIPS(8477), or text “NHPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES).

For more information about Fantasy of Lights or how you can help, contact Goodwill of Southern New England’s Development Department at (203) 777-2000 Ext. 228 or email: You can also visit the Fantasy of Lights website at