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One Sweet Minute: January 2023 in Hershey, PA

Things to do in Hershey, PA this January

Happy New Year! The Sweetest Place on Earth is having a fun-filled start to 2023. Keep reading to see all of the sweet things to do this January. 

Plan A Winter Getaway

With so much to do in Hershey this month and all winter long, you may want to stay overnight to truly experience it all. From a cozy cabin or RV at Hersheypark Camping Resort to deluxe accommodations at Hershey Lodge and The Hotel Hershey, our resorts make for a sweet getaway. Guests can make a splash at Hershey's Water Works and relax by the fireplace at Hershey Lodge, escape the winter blues in the Fountain Lobby of The Hotel Hershey, or make s'mores over a campfire at Hersheypark Camping Resort

Plus, guests who book by Jan. 31 can save with the below winter offers, available select dates through March 31:

  • Book One Night, Get One 50% Off at The Hotel HersheyHershey Lodge and Hersheypark Camping Resort
  • Book Two Nights, Get One Free at The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge and Hersheypark Camping Resort
  • Kids Stay, Play, Splash & Eat Free at Hershey Lodge

All resort guests also receive FREE Resort Benefits, including free or discounted admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story Museum, preferred pricing to ZooAmerica, on-site recreation and activities and more.

Discovery Weekends at ZooAmerica

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this winter.  Families can bundle up and walk around the 11-acre Zoo while learning about dozens of animals native to our continent, like gray wolves, black bears and Canada lynx. Despite the colder temperatures, winter is often the best time of year to visit ZooAmerica, as the crowds are lighter and the animals are more active. 

Plus, on Saturdays and Sundays this month, kids ages 8 and under get into ZooAmerica for FREE as part of Discovery Weekends. Each weekend will spotlight a specific animal and feature enrichment activities for guests to enjoy. A full schedule can be found on the ZooAmerica Facebook Page.

Current ZooAmerica Pass Holders can enjoy unlimited year-round visits to the Zoo, and 2023 Hersheypark Season Pass Holders get into the Zoo for free, too. 

Shows and Concerts in Hershey

Looking for ways to beat the winter blues? Hershey Theatre and GIANT Center will welcome Broadway, family-friendly programming and more in January. 

  • January 7: Dancing With The Stars: Live! 2023 Tour at Hershey Theatre
    America’s favorite dance show is back on tour and heading to Hershey! See the ballroom brought to life in this brand-new production featuring your favorite Dancing with the Stars pros, plus special guest Gabby Windey. 
  • January 14-15: PAW Patrol Live! Great Pirate Adventure at Hershey Theatre
    The PAW Patrol is back! Ryder and your favorite pups have been working hard to get back on the road and are ready to roll to Hershey, Pa. The pups set sail to save the day using their heroic rescue skills, problem-solving and teamwork. No job is too big, no pirate pup is too small!
  • January 17-22: My Fair Lady at Hershey Theatre
    Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
  • January 26: The Judds: The Final Tour at GIANT Center
    The explosive first run of The Final Tour saw generations of Judds fans singing along to the duo's most enduring and beloved hits. The tour's second leg will stop in Hershey, Pa., in the new year. Wynonna, along with the help of many of her musical friends, Ashley McBryde and Martina McBride, will put on a show that encapsulates a lifetime of timeless music and heart.

Hershey Bears Hockey Games at GIANT Center

Cheer for the hometown AHL hockey team, the Hershey Bears, as they continue a historic start to their season. The Bears will take the ice at GIANT Center for six games this month. Hockey fans should mark their calendars for upcoming key promotional nights, including Hersheypark Pass Night on Jan. 8 and the GIANT Teddy Bear Toss Night on Jan. 29.

Happy Hour at The Chocolatier

Going to lunch, dinner or happy hour at a restaurant is a great way to beat cabin fever over the winter months. If you are looking for a unique dining option in Hershey to do just that, consider The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio, located just outside of Hersheypark in Hershey's Chocolatetown. The Fun To Table restaurant is open daily starting at 11 a.m., with reservations strongly encouraged. Guests can enjoy classic family fare with a fun spin and hints of chocolate served from an open kitchen. New sweet and savory winter menu items and cocktails are also available.

The Chocolatier offers Happy Hour for guests 21 and older on Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. with discounts on drinks and appetizers.

Hershey Jobs

New year, new job! Hershey Entertainment & Resorts is hiring across our award-winning properties. From cooks at Hershey Lodge to team members for the 2023 Hersheypark season, to college internship programs and positions at our Spas, there are full and part-time positions for everyone.  

The Hershey Lodge will host walk-in interviews on Jan. 3 and 5  from 3-7 p.m. for job opportunities throughout the resort. Candidates can apply, interview & get hired on the spot. Or, join the team at The Hotel Hershey at their walk-in interview session on Jan. 4 from 4-6 p.m. RSVP to these sweet events on the Hershey Jobs website linked below. 

Winter Treatments Available at the Spas in Hershey

What better way to relax after the holidays than with a chocolate-filled spa day? MeltSpa by Hershey day spa and The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa are offering signature chocolate treatments and seasonal collections to warm up and unwind all month long. Guests can experience Peppermint Hot Chocolate treatments and Peppermint Mocha treatments at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey, or, visit MeltSpa by Hershey to indulge in seasonal treatments from their Peppermint Hot Chocolate Collection through Jan. 31.

Be sure to share your sweet memories with us by using #HersheyPA on social media! We hope to see you soon in The Sweetest Place On Earth.