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One Sweet Minute: December in Hershey, PA

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

  • Marking its 35th anniversary this year, Christmas Candylane holiday attraction features more than 45 rides (weather permitting), including 40 rides for children and six roller coasters: SidewinderWildcatsooperdooperLooperCocoa CruiserWild Mouse and Laff Trakk. Four million sparkling lights will illuminate and excite as you make your way through Hersheypark amusement park, in addition to the dazzling NOEL light show choreographed with holiday music.
  • Iconic Christmas Candylane activities have also returned 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 Theatre 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’s Characters across from Santa in Kissing Tower Hill. 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 will be open daily Friday, Dec. 7 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, with the exception of Christmas Day. The Park will also be open Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2. 

Winter Relaxation at MeltSpa by Hershey  and The Spa At The Hotel Hershey 


Holiday Entertainment

Hershey Sweet Lights

  • Drive through two miles of illuminated holiday displays from the comfort of your car as part of the Hershey Sweet Lights attraction. Take in the beauty of the lights as you travel through fields and wooded trails while listening to holiday music. Hershey Sweet Lights is open daily through Tuesday, Jan. 1. 

Wild Winter Fun at ZooAmerica

  • Wild Winter Treats: Watch as our animals get into the holiday spirit with a special winter treat. This experience will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 27, 28, 29 and 30.
  • Wild Winter Adventures: During this program, you’ll learn how animals survive in the cold winter months and enjoy up-close animal encounters and more. Morning and afternoon sessions are available on Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Pre-registration is required.

Holiday gifts

  • The sweetest gifts can be found in Hershey, PA! Take a look through our Holiday Gift Guide to find deals and discounts on the perfect present for your special someone.

Dining in Hershey

  • Dec. 20, 5-7 p.m.: Meet Coco the Bear at Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar! Mingle, take photos and do the "B-E-A-R-S" chant with the official mascot of The Hershey Bears. It's also "Plate Date" night. Every Thursday at Houlihan's, kids eat for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée.


More things to do

  • Even more holiday fun can be found at The Hershey Story Museum, Hershey Gardens and Hershey's Chocolate World this month. From Little Elves Workshops to the Holly Jolly Trolley to a Christmas Tree Showcase and Hershey's Holiday Chocolate House, there's so much to see and do in Hershey in December. Find all the sweet details here.