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Hershey Sweet Lights Open Nightly for 2023 Holiday Season

A Guide to Drive-Through Attraction in Hershey With 600 Light Displays

Hershey Sweet Lights drive-through experience is now open nightly through Jan. 1, 2024. For 20 years, the two-mile Christmas light attraction has been a holiday tradition for many families in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

If Hershey Sweet Lights is on your holiday bucket list this holiday season, check out this guide with top tips on what to know before you go. 

Overall Experience

Hershey Sweet Lights features two miles of fields and wooded trails decorated with nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays with unique themes created from about 2 million LED lights. People may recognize some familiar Hersheypark rides and The 12 Days of Christmas transformed into large light displays at the beginning of the experience. Guests will then drive into the forest portion with Fairy Tales and a Victorian Village. View the 15-second clip before for a glimpse at the overall experience.

Tip: A fun family tradition is counting the number of reindeer displays hidden throughout the experience. 



Hershey Sweet Lights opens nightly at 5 p.m., with the closing time varying by night. Hours can be viewed here. Weekend evenings and holidays tend to be the most popular. Monday through Thursday are typically less busy days to visit.

Tip: Consider arriving as close to 5 p.m. as possible to avoid long lines.


Hershey Sweet Lights is located just minutes away from Hersheypark amusement park between Route 39 and Sand Beach Road. The address is 1183 Sandbeach Road, Hershey, PA 17033. From Hersheypark Drive, go north on Sand Beach Road for approximately 1/2 mile. Follow signs to Boathouse Road to the Hershey Sweet Lights entrance.

Holiday Music

Crank up the holiday tunes to get into the spirit! Guests can download the free iHeartRadio App and search for the station "Hershey Sweet Lights" to enjoy holiday music while seeing the lights from the comfort and warmth of the car.

Tip: Consider wearing pajamas and packing treats like hot chocolate and cookies to enjoy during the drive.


Hershey Sweet Lights is a separately ticketed experience from Christmas Candylane with one fee per vehicle. Guests are encouraged to buy early and online to save. Pricing varies depending on the date of the visit. Admission for a single car with up to 8 people ranges from $24.95 to $37.95 (varies by day) when purchased in advance online before 5 p.m. on the day of the visit. On-site pricing without a pre-purchased ticket is $44.15 plus tax.

Tip: Online purchases end each night at 5 p.m. for same-day tickets. After 5 p.m., full-price tickets are available for purchase in-person at the entrance booth.