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Christmas Candylane Opens in Two Weeks!

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, Hershey Sweet Lights and More Open Nov. 16

Christmas In Hershey holiday events are just two weeks away, with new additions and old favorites!

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

Marking its 35th anniversary this year, Christmas Candylane holiday attraction will feature more than 45 rides (weather permitting), including 40 rides for children and six roller coasters: Sidewinder, Wildcat, sooperdooperLooper, Cocoa Cruiser, Wild Mouse and holiday-themed Laff Trakk. Four million sparkling lights will illuminate and excite as you make your way through Hersheypark, in addition to the dazzling NOEL light show choreographed with holiday music.

Iconic Christmas Candylane activities will also return as Santa and all nine of his reindeer make a special stop at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. Santa is available during all operating hours and families can stop by the reindeer stables to get an up-close look at their favorite reindeer live, including Rudolph!

In addition to roaming carolers, an engaging holiday show is again offered in the heated Music Box Theater to delight families. “Up on the Rooftop" features favorite Christmas songs, wacky elves, prancing reindeer, and Santa himself. New this year is an indoor, heated photo opportunity with three of our Hershey Characters across from Santa in Kissing Tower Hill themed area. And s’mores, iconic hot chocolate and a new cookies decorating kit will be offered for visitors to indulge in a taste of the holidays.

Christmas Candylane begins Friday, November 16, and is open on select dates through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Online tickets are less than $20 when guests purchase tickets online before November 20; tickets are valid through Jan. 1. Season Pass holders enjoy unlimited free visits, in addition to a Season Pass Plus option on sale now that includes Christmas Candylane and unlimited fun in 2019.

For operational hours and dates, visit www.Hersheypark.com.

The Official Resorts of Hersheypark

Stay overnight at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark for a sweet holiday getaway. The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge properties offer “Breakfast with Santa,” “Hersheypark Christmas Candylane” and “Hersheypark Happy Christmas” packages during the holiday season. The Hotel Hershey also offers a “Lunch with Santa” package. All packages include deluxe accommodations, admission to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, Hershey Sweet Lights, Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story Museum, plus a dining experience.

Overnight guests of Hershey Lodge resort receive exclusive access to Hershey’s Water Works at Hershey Lodge, the indoor pool complex that includes two interactive indoor pools, Twizzlers twists slides, the Reese’s Water Walk attraction, water play structures, 24-hour arcade and the Cocoa Cabana dining location.

The Woodside Cottages at The Hotel Hershey make for a memorable holiday experience. The most premium accommodations at the Hotel, the Woodside Cottages feature larger bedrooms, world-class bathrooms and private outdoor entrances. Individual rooms or full cottages are available for reservations. Guests who reserve a full four- or six-bedroom cottage receive access to a multi-functional great room with cathedral ceilings, fireplace, microwave and wet bar.

Hersheypark Camping Resort campground is open year-round and features two-bedroom deluxe log cabins. These popular accommodations sleep up to seven guests and provide campers with amenities such as heat, bathroom with a shower, kitchenette, dining area and living room area with sofa and TV.

For details on all of these properties, visit www.Hersheypark.com/lodging.

Hershey Sweet Lights

Drive through two miles of lighted displays from the comfort of your car as part of the Hershey Sweet Lights attraction. Enjoy illuminated holiday lights through fields and wooded trails while listening to holiday music. Hershey Sweet Lights begins Friday, November 16, and is open daily through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. For operational hours and dates visit www.Hersheypark.com.

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park

ZooAmerica is open year round and included in Hersheypark admission when guests enter from Hersheypark (please note hours vary).

  • Wild Winter Treats – Watch as our animals get into the holiday spirit with a special winter treat.

    • December 8, 9, 15, 16, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 10:30 am and 3 pm.

  • Wild Winter Adventures – During this program you’ll learn how animals survive in the cold winter months and get up-close with animal encounters and more.

    • Morning and afternoon sessions are available on December 8, 9, 15, 16, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Pre-registration is required.

Visit www.ZooAmerica.com for additional details.


Amazing shows will be featured in Hershey, Pa. during November and December:

  • Captain Scott Kelly: The Sky is Not the Limit - November 10 at Hershey Theatre

  • Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes - November 23 - November 25 at Giant Center arena

  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – November 30 at Hershey Theatre

  • Jason Mraz – December 2 at Hershey Theatre

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas – December 5 and 6 at Hershey Theatre

  • Hershey Symphony presents Holiday Spectacular – December 8 at Hershey Theatre

  • Straight No Chaser - December 9 at Hershey Theatre

  • A Clint Black Christmas - December 14 at Hershey Theatre

  • Chris Tomlin Christmas - December 15 at Hershey Theatre

  • Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour - December 16 at Hershey Theatre

  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra Presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - December 16 at Giant Center arena

  • CYPB’s “The Nutcracker” - December 22 and 23 at Hershey Theatre

Visit www.HersheyEntertainment.com for tickets and more information.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction

  • Breakfast with Santa

    • Start the day in a merry way by joining Santa and Mrs. Claus for a warm breakfast buffet, a portrait with Santa, children's gift from Santa, a cookie decorating station, holiday craft, visits from the Hershey Characters, and (back by popular demand) our 4D Chocolate Mystery Show. Dates: Nov. 17-18, 23-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23; 7:30-9 a.m.

  • Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House

    • The annual Hershey's Holiday Chocolate House decorated entirely with Hershey's chocolate and confections. The Hershey's Holiday Chocolate House supports Children's Miracle Network. Nov. 16 – Jan. 1

  • Hershey Sweet Lights Trolley

    • Journey through Hershey Sweet Lights on the Sweet Lights Trolley! Our Trolley conductors have carols, chocolate, and creative commentary to entertain guests of all ages.

  • Holly Jolly Trolley

    • Take a cozy trip on an old-fashioned trolley which is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit with caroling, stories, and even a special visit from a certain jolly, old elf; Dec. 22-31, Select Times

Visit www.Hersheys.com/ChocolateWorld for more information.

For more details on Christmas in Hershey, please visit hersheypa.com.