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Celebrate the Holidays in Hershey Beginning Nov. 15

Town-Wide Events Include Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, Hershey Sweet Lights And More

Tis’ the season for festive lights, roller coasters, live reindeer and hot chocolate in The Sweetest Place On Earth as Hersheypark Christmas Candylane holiday attraction tickets are now on sale! Beginning Nov. 15, Hershey, Pa. will be aglow with sweet attractions and holiday cheer planned through the end of the year.

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane holiday attraction will be open select days from Nov. 15, 2019, through Jan. 1, 2020.

  • Hersheypark Christmas Candylane features family friendly rides and several roller coasters (weather permitting) with Reese’s Cupfusion attraction as a new offering for 2019 (there’s a holiday scene!).

  • More than four million sparkling lights will deck the halls of Hersheypark amusement park, including the guest-favorite NOEL light show choreographed with holiday music.

  • Santa and his reindeer will make a special stop at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, which is the only place in the Northeast where families can get an up-close look at all nine live reindeer, including Rudolph, during all hours of operation.

  • Entertainment will include “The Littlest Tree” holiday show inside the heated Chevrolet Music Box Theatre venue and an indoor, heated photo opportunity with Hershey Characters.

  • Signature hot chocolate will be available for purchase to keep guests warm with other sweet treats.

Hershey Sweet Lights

Hershey Sweet Lights attraction will be open daily from Nov. 15, 2019, through Jan. 1, 2020. 

  • Families can revel in nearly 600 illuminated light displays from the comforts of their cars as they drive through a two-mile wooded trail while listening to holiday music.

The Official Resorts of Hersheypark

Visitors can stay overnight at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark for a sweet holiday getaway and enjoy free resorts benefits like complimentary front gate shuttle service to and from Hersheypark, and free admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story Museum Experience. 

  • The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge resorts will offer Breakfast with Santa and Hersheypark Christmas Candylane packages during the holiday season. The Hotel Hershey will also offer a Lunch with Santa package. In addition to the free resorts benefits, all packages will include deluxe accommodations, admission to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane and Hershey Sweet Lights, plus various dining experiences. The Hersheypark Christmas Candylane package will also include a milk and cookie delivery. Overnight guests of Hershey Lodge will receive exclusive access to Hershey’s Water Works at Hershey Lodge indoor pool complex.

  • Hersheypark Camping Resort campground is also open to guests year-round and features two-bedroom deluxe log cabins, perfect for the holiday season. They 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 a sofa and TV.

Entertainment in Hershey, Pa.

GIANT Center arena and Hershey Theatre venue will host a wide range of shows in November and December that are sure to fill anyone with holiday cheer. Concert tickets also make a great gift!

  • Nov. 1-3: A Bronx Tale at Hershey Theatre

  • Nov. 6: Disney Junior Holiday Party at Hershey Theatre

  • Nov. 6: Slayer at GIANT Center

  • Nov. 8-9: Menopause the Musical at Hershey Theatre

  • Nov. 10: Bill Maher at Hershey Theatre

  • Nov. 17: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless at Hershey Theatre

  • Nov. 21-24: Jurassic World at GIANT Center

  • Nov. 22: Goo Goo Dolls at Hershey Theatre

  • Nov. 24: Straight No Chaser at Hershey Theatre

  • Dec. 3-8: Once On This Island at Hershey Theatre

  • Dec. 10-11: The Elf On The Shelf: A Christmas Musical at Hershey Theatre

  • Dec. 13: Trans Siberian Orchestra at GIANT Center

  • Dec. 14: Hershey Symphony: Holiday Spectacular at Hershey Theatre

Dining in Hershey, Pa.

There is no better place to eat, drink and be merry than The Sweetest Place On Earth. Hershey, Pa. offers more than a dozen unique dining venues that include everything from casual coffee shops to late-night cocktails, family-friendly dining to four-star cuisine and everything in between. Seasonal menus, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas dining, will be available.

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, an 11-acre zoo that cares for more than 200 animals, is open year-round and will offer two educational programs during the holiday season.

  • Wild Winter Treats (Select days in December): Zoo guests can watch the animals enjoy a special winter treat.

  • Wild Winter Adventures (Morning and afternoon sessions on select days in December): Participants will learn how animals survive the cold, participate in making animal enrichment activities, enjoy a snack, visit the reindeer in Hersheypark, and more. Pre-registration is required.

Relaxation in Hershey, Pa.

Both MeltSpa by Hershey day spa and The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa will offer collections inspired by the season to relieve the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Individual treatments, as well as packages, will be available.

The Hershey Story Museum

Located in the heart of downtown Hershey, The Hershey Story, the Museum on Chocolate Avenue, will offer family-friendly events to make spirits bright over the holidays. 

  • Little Elves Workshop (Select dates from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.): Participants will roll, cut and decorate a holiday ornament using chocolate clay, icing and ribbon. They can also decorate a box to hold the keepsake. 

  • Sensory-Friendly Little Elves Workshop (Nov. 23 and Dec. 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.): Guests with sensory-related sensitivities and their families or caregivers are invited to roll, cut and decorate a holiday ornament made of chocolate clay. They may also play with vintage toys and take a photo against a wintry backdrop.

  • Snowball Saturdays (Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at scheduled times between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.): Kids will have a blast participating in a friendly indoor snowball fight during this holiday event. Children can also visit with the Hershey Bears hockey mascot and hear stories about wintertime fun. 

  • Holiday-Themed Chocolate Lab Classes (Nov. 16 through Jan. 1, 2020 at various times): Visitors will learn about the history of chocolate and chocolate-making process during holiday-themed chocolate lab classes. A purchased ticket is required and individuals must be at least 5 years old to enter the lab. 

  • New Year's Eve Countdown (Dec. 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.): Kids can celebrate New Year's Eve during the day with Hershey's product characters and "bubble wrap stomps" at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Hershey Gardens

Hershey Gardens, a 23-acre botanical display garden, will host two events during the most wonderful time of the year that are included with admission.

  • The Christmas Tree Showcase (Nov. 23 through Jan. 1, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.): Visitors will experience all things merry and bright at a festive showcase of holiday trees in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. Each tree will be exquisitely decorated by a different local florist and feature a variety of tree decorating styles and themes, while a stunning 14-foot poinsettia tree will take center stage. The Welcome Pavilion and Butterfly Atrium will also be decorated for the holidays.

  • Crafty Christmas Creations (Select dates from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.): Families can stop by the Education Center, located in The Children’s Garden, for some fun holiday craft making. A display of trees decorated with ornaments made by local students will add to the holiday spirit.

  • Visit with Santa (Dec. 7 and 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.): Guests can visit with Santa in the Educational & Horticultural Wing of the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. 

Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction

Hershey’s Chocolate World attraction will be extra sweet this winter with festive events for the whole family.

  • Breakfast with Santa (Nov. 16-17, 23-24 and 29-30, and Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.): Families can start the day in a merry way by joining Santa and Mrs. Claus for a warm breakfast buffet, featuring signature Hershey’s items like chocolate chip pancakes. A portrait with Santa, children’s gift from Santa, a cookie decorating station, Amazing Candy Machine experience, visits from the Hershey Characters and the 4D Chocolate Mystery Show will also be included in this seasonal event.

  • Sweet Lights Trolley (Select dates and times in November and December): Guests of all ages can journey through Hershey Sweet Lights on board an old-fashioned trolley complete with chocolate, carols and creative commentary from the conductors.

  • Holly Jolly Trolley (Select dates and times in November and December): A trip on the Holly Jolly Trolley will feature caroling, jingling and a sweet visit from a certain jolly old elf who has gifts for everyone on the nice list.

  • Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House (Nov. 15 through Jan. 1, 2020 during operating hours): The annual Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House, which supports the Children’s Miracle Network, will be decorated entirely with Hershey’s chocolate and confections for families to enjoy.

For additional information, hours, ticket offers and pricing for all holiday happenings in Hershey, please visit www.HersheyPA.com.