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Hersheypark Christmas Candylane Now Open Select Dates Through Jan. 3

Merriest Event of Year Features Rides, Reindeer and More Lights Than Ever Before

Hersheypark amusement park, a 121-acre theme park with family-friendly rides and thrilling coasters, has officially kicked off the holiday season with Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, open select dates today through January 3, 2021. The merriest event of the year features lights, rides, coasters, Santa and his reindeer, shopping, signature hot chocolate, and more.

First Holiday Season in Hershey’s Chocolatetown

This Christmas Candylane marks the first winter in Hershey’s Chocolatetown, an all-new region at Hersheypark honoring the legacy of our founder, Milton S. Hershey. Thrill-seekers can ride the all-new Candymonium hypercoaster, weather permitting; take a ride on the historic Carrousel in its new home; snap a festive photo with Hershey Characters in front of the iconic Kisses Fountain decked out in its holiday best; check holiday shopping off the list at the all-new Hersheypark Supply Co. and HP Collections shops; and more.

More Lights Than Ever 

Five million sparkling lights - the most ever for the seasonal celebration - will deck the halls of Hersheypark. Plus, the guest-favorite NOEL light show featuring more than 250,000 dancing lights choreographed to Christmas music will return with additional showtimes to encourage social distancing. Crowd size will be monitored for each show. Guests can also stop by the 50-foot Kissmas Tree display as they watch the light show.

Holiday Rides and Coasters 

A unique blend of family-friendly rides and six thrilling coasters are slated to be open for Christmas Candylane, weather permitting. Guests can enjoy holiday thrills on Candymonium, Sidewinder, Wild Mouse, Wildcat, Cocoa Cruiser and the indoor glowing Laff Trakk coaster, which is decorated with a large tree in the center.

Only Place in Northeast With Santa and His Reindeer

Santa and all nine of his reindeer will make a special stop at Christmas Candylane. An all-new Santa experience will be available inside the Chevrolet Music Box Theatre venue decorated for the holiday season with indoor capacity carefully monitored and markers indicating appropriate distancing. Families can pose for a socially distanced photo with Santa. Guests over the age of 2 must wear face coverings at all times, including for photos. Children can also drop off a letter to Santa with their address included to receive a response. 

Guests can enjoy an up-close look at their favorite reindeer at Santa’s Reindeer Stables in a newly expanded viewing area to encourage social distancing during all hours of operation. Capacity in this space will be carefully monitored and guests will be able to view the reindeer from ground markers placed throughout the area. Hersheypark is the only place in the Northeast with all nine live reindeer, including Rudolph.

Hot Chocolate and Other Sweet Treats 

Signature hot chocolate will be available for purchase during Christmas Candylane in all-day souvenir mugs to keep guests warm. Other sweet treats like Frozen Hot Chocolate and Peppermint King Size Shakes, a Cranberry King Size Donut and Christmas Cookie Bucket will offer a unique taste of the holidays. Dietz & Watson Smokehouse Express will offer a variety of savory options, including Smokehouse nachos, turkey legs, cornbread and chili.

ZooAmerica  Open Daily This Winter

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is included with admission to Christmas Candylane only by accessing the zoo through the Hersheypark bridge during posted park hours. Separate paid admission is also available at the Zoo’s off-street entrance. Winter is a great time to visit ZooAmerica as many of the North American animals in the outdoor habitats are more active when the temperature drops.

Tickets and Reservations

Admission tickets to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane are available for the best price online at Hersheypark.com; tickets are valid through Jan. 3, 2021. Current Season Pass Holders can enjoy Christmas Candylane as part of their year-long perks.

Reservations are required for guests with daily admission tickets attending Christmas Candylane. The extensive safety enhancements that have been implemented at Hersheypark, including the requirements for face coverings for guests over the age of 2 and social distancing are detailed at Hersheypark.com/safety.php.

Hershey Sweet Lights  presented by T-Mobile

Hershey Sweet Lights presented by T-Mobile drive-thru attraction features two miles of fields and wooded trails decorated with nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays created from about 2 million LED lights. Guests can enjoy the lights from the comfort of their cars while listening to holiday music. Many of the displays follow unique themes like The 12 Days of Christmas, Fairy Tales, a Victorian Village and Hersheypark rides. 

Hershey Sweet Lights also kicks off Nov. 13-15 and then is open nightly from Nov. 20 through Jan. 3, 2021; hours vary. The cost is per car and varies based on the day you chose to visit. Guests enjoy significant savings when tickets are purchased in advance on Hersheypark.com.

Book a Holiday Getaway

Special packages are available at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark for guests to enjoy all the holiday season has to offer in The Sweetest Place On Earth. The new Cookies from Santa package at The Hotel Hershey luxury accommodation and Hershey Lodge resort includes admission to Christmas Candylane and Hershey Sweet Lights, free milk and cookies, and more. Hersheypark Camping Resort is offering a Christmas Candylane Camping package available on select dates in November and December. 

All guests of The Official Resorts of Hersheypark receive FREE Resort Benefits, including guaranteed reservations for admission to Hersheypark and free parking with the purchase of tickets. Visit Hersheypark.com/official-resorts for rates and additional information.

Restaurants at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge, as well as Devon Seafood + Steak and Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar in downtown Hershey, are open and offer seasonal dishes for diners’ delight. Select restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Takeout Thanksgiving meals are available from The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge and Devon Seafood + Steak. For more information, visit DiningInHershey.com.

Around Town

The holidays are sweeter in Hershey! Give the gift of relaxation at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa and MeltSpa by Hershey day spa. Both spas feature special gift card offers through Dec. 24. Guests receive a $25 voucher to use towards Spa services when purchasing $250 or more in gift cards to The Spa At The Hotel Hershey and a $15 spa credit when spending $150 or more in gift cards to Meltspa by Hershey. Plus, the gift card purchases to both spas also include a voucher for the gift card recipients to receive 10% off spa services in January or February. 

Other attractions in Hershey like Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction, The Hershey Story Museum on Chocolate Avenue and Hershey Gardens will also offer special holiday events and promotions. For more information on things to do in Hershey, Pa., visit HersheyPA.com.