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Christmas Tree Showcase Returns to Hershey Gardens in 2021

Holiday Activities Include Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Live Music and Kids’ Crafts

Visitors to Hershey Gardens can experience the holiday season beginning Saturday, Nov. 20, when The Christmas Tree Showcase opens in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. The exhibit of custom decorated trees also features a 14-foot high live poinsettia tree. Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music, children’s crafts and a wreath making workshop are also part of Hershey Gardens’ seasonal offerings. Details are listed below.

The Christmas Tree Showcase
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Included in admission

In the spirit of the season, the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory will showcase six 8-foot decorated trees, with a 14-foot poinsettia tree taking center stage. Each Fraser fir will be decorated by a different local floral designer and feature a variety of decorating styles and themes. Families will also have the option of purchasing a special pair of glasses ($2) to see something special in the tree lights.

Participating floral designers include:

  • Floral Designs of Mt. Joy, Mt. Joy
  • Highland Gardens, Camp Hill
  • Paper Moon Flowers & Events, Harrisburg
  • Rhapsody in Bloom, Palmyra
  • Sprigs and Twigs of Joy, Dauphin
  • T. Scott Design, Hummelstown

On Saturday, Dec. 4, local singer/songwriter Christian Yeager will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; harpist Sylvia Sweigart will perform on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Garden Cottage will also be decorated with a “Christmas in the Tropics” theme, displaying holiday trees decorated with ornaments made by local students from Fredericksburg Elementary School, Lower Dauphin Elementary School, Nature & Nurture Discovery School and St. Joan of Arc School.

Crafty Christmas Creations
Nov. 20, 21, 27 and 28, Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 and 26, 2021; Jan. 1, 2, 2022
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Included in admission

Families can stop in at the Education Center, located in The Children’s Garden, for holiday craft making.

Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Saturday, Dec. 4 and 11, 2021
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Included in admission

Kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory.

The Butterfly Atrium will also be decorated for the holidays.

Hershey Gardens is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with the following exceptions:

  • Thanksgiving Day – closed
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Christmas Day – closed

For a complete listing of events, please visit HersheyGardens.org.


The M.S. Hershey Foundation exists to preserve and enhance Milton Hershey’s legacy and community vision and to provide educational and cultural enrichment to residents of Hershey. Hershey Community Archives, Hershey Gardens, Hershey Theatre and The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue are operating divisions of the Foundation. www.mshersheyfoundation.org.