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One Sweet Minute: December 2021 in Hershey, PA


Welcome, December! There are so many things to do in Hershey, PA this month. Keep scrolling for some of our top picks. Plus check out our guide to the holidays in Hershey, PA.

Broadway, concerts and holiday shows at GIANT Center  and Hershey Theatre

There’s no better way to celebrate the month of Christmas than seeing a show in Hershey, PA with friends and family. Here’s the lineup of concerts and shows coming to GIANT Center and Hershey Theatre this month:

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane  Open Daily Starting Dec. 3, 2021

There’s still plenty of time to get into the holiday spirit, as Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is open daily starting Dec. 3, 2021, through Jan. 2, 2022 (closed Christmas Day). 

Bundle up the family to experience 5 million lights, including a light show synchronized with holiday music; select rides and coasters (weather and maintenance permitting); Hershey character meet and greets; and sweet treats and savory eats. 

Plus, Santa and his reindeer have come to town. 2021 marks 25 years of Rudolph and his friends making a special stop at Christmas Candylane. Hersheypark is the only place in the Northeast where guests can get an up-close look at all nine of Santa’s reindeer through Jan 2 with Santa available through Dec. 24. 

Great ticket deals are available on Hersheypark.com. Free preview is included with every ticket, so guests can enter from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on a night before their visit by presenting their tickets at the main entrance in the preview lane to enjoy a fun-filled evening. Resorts preview is 2.5 hours before closing. Preview must be used first before the full day.

Hershey Sweet Lights  presented by T-Mobile Open Nightly Through Jan. 2, 2022

If you prefer to see the Christmas lights from the comfort of your car while listening to holiday music, plan a visit to Hershey Sweet Lights presented by Hersheypark. The drive-through attraction located down the road from Hersheypark is open nightly through Jan. 2, 2022; hours vary. 

Guests can enjoy two miles of fields and wooded trails decorated with nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays created from about 2 million LED lights. Many of the displays follow unique themes like The 12 Days of Christmas, Fairy Tales, a Victorian Village and Hersheypark rides. 

Pricing is per vehicle and varies per day. Guests are encouraged to buy online in advance of their visit as same day ticket sales end each night at 5 p.m.


Our spas in Hershey - MeltSpa by Hershey day spa and The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa - offer relaxing treatments and packages to give a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the season.

  • MeltSpa by Hershey offers its Chocolate Candycane Collection through January. Treatments include a NEW Chocolate Candycane Massage and Facial, plus the seasonal body scrub, body wrap, immersion, manicure and pedicure.

  • The Spa At The Hotel Hershey features special treatments to relax through the season. Treatments include the Peppermint Hot Chocolate Immersion, Holiday Spice Massage, Peppermint Mocha Manicure and Peppermint Mocha Pedicure, available through early 2022. Additional winter-inspired packages are also highlighted.

And don't miss out on the spas' annual gift card deals! You can also easily purchase an egift card online and send it to your recipient now, or schedule the perfect date for it to hit their inbox.

  • MeltSpa by Hershey
    Purchase $150 or more in gift cards from MeltSpa by Hershey and receive a $15 voucher to use toward spa services. Gift cards do not expire and the voucher is valid for use Sunday-Friday, now through March 31, 2022. 
  • The Spa At The Hotel Hershey
    Purchase $250 or more in gift cards from The Spa At The Hotel Hershey and receive a $25 voucher to use toward spa services. Gift cards do not expire and the voucher is valid for use Monday-Thursday, Jan. 3-March 31, 2022. 

These deals are only available on purchases made through Friday, Dec. 24, 2021.

Wild Winter Adventures at ZooAmerica

ZooAmerica is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this month with the exception of Christmas day. It’s a great time to visit as many of the North American animals in the outdoor habitats become more active when the temperature drops. 

This month marks the return of Wild Winter Adventure, a 3-hour program for children in grades K-5 to learn about the survival skills that North American animals use in the cold winter months.

Participants will explore ZooAmerica, get up-close to certain animals with live encounters, help with animal enrichment activities, make a craft, enjoy a snack and go to see Santa’s reindeer inside Hersheypark. Sessions will be held on Dec. 18, 19, 27, 28, 29, and 30, 2021. Morning sessions will run 8:30-11:30 a.m. and afternoon sessions will run 1-4 p.m. All children must be pre-registered and prepaid to participate.

Cheer on the Hershey Bears

Join the Bears Nation at GIANT Center for some Hershey Bears hockey this month and get ready to chant "B-E-A-R-S BEARS, BEARS, BEARS, WOO!" with us. Tickets are on sale now for home games this month!

Home games in December include:

  • Sunday, Dec. 12: vs. Laval Rocket
  • Saturday, Dec. 18: vs.Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • Sunday, Dec. 19: vs. Rochester Americans
  • Wednesday, Dec. 22: vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • Wednesday, Dec. 29: vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Holiday Shopping in Hershey, PA

From Hersheypark Season Passes to Behind-The-Scenes Tours at ZooAmerica to concert tickets, Broadway shows, dining gift cards, spa treatments and products, and more gifts at our shops across town, there's truly something for everyone on your Christmas list this season in Hershey, PA! Plus, you can also easily purchase an egift card online and send it to your recipient now or schedule the perfect date for it to hit their inbox. Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for more sweet suggestions.