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One Sweet Minute: Things to do in December 2019 in Hershey, PA

Hershey Sweet Lights

  • Hershey Sweet Lights, a drive-through holiday lights experience, is open nightly through January 1, 2020.
  • Guests can drive through a two-mile wooded trail decorated with nearly 600 illuminated light displays while listening to holiday music from the comfort of their cars.
  • Admission for a single car (seats up to 8 people) is $19.15 on Monday-Thursday and $26.15 on Friday-Sunday. Vans (seating 9-15 people) are $34.15 for one entrance any day of the week.

Cheer On The Hershey Bears


Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

  • Christmas Candylane at Hersheypark is open daily from Dec. 6 through Jan. 1, 2020.
  • The Park is decorated with more than four million lights, including the NOEL light show synchronized to holiday music.
  • Family-friendly rides and up to six roller coasters are open, weather permitting.
  • Children can see Santa in his Candy Cottage during all operating hours through Dec. 23. 
  • Hersheypark is one of the only places in the Northeast where guests can get an up-close look at all of Santa’s nine reindeer, including Rudolph. The reindeer will be here through Jan. 1.
  • Signature hot chocolate is available for purchase in all-day and all-season souvenir mugs at stands throughout the Park. There is also a hot chocolate bar at Simply Chocolate with five different types of hot chocolate.
  • Holiday entertainment includes “The Littlest Tree” inside the heated Chevrolet Music Box Theatre; an indoor photo opportunity with Hershey Characters; and performances from “Our Friends from the Sea” on select dates and times. 

Looking for a sweet job this holiday season?

  • Join our team for Hersheypark Christmas Candylane and enjoy the festive atmosphere of The Sweetest Place On Earth during the holiday seasons! Available positions include: Security, Food Team Member, Ride Operator and more!

Gift yourself and loved ones with winter relaxation at MeltSpa by Hershey and The Spa At The Hotel Hershey

  • MeltSpa by Hershey day spa is offering a Cinnamon Mocha Collection through Jan. 2020. Treatments include massage, body scrub, body wrap, manicure and pedicure. A Cinnamon Mocha Immersion and other packages are also available.
  • The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa also features special treatments to relax through the season. A Peppermint Hot Chocolate Immersion is available through January 2020 and the Peppermint Mocha Manicure and Peppermint Mocha Manicure are available through February 2020. Additional winter-inspired treatments and packages are also highlighted.
  • Both spas are running gift card offers during the holiday season. Through Dec. 24, purchase 

Sweet Holiday Entertainment

December is a month full of Broadway shows and all of our favorite holiday entertainment - from rock sensation Trans-Siberian Orchestra to family-friendly The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical.

  • Coming to Giant Center in December:
    • A Pentatonix Christmas on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
    • Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Dec. 13 at 4 and 8 p.m.
    • WWE Live Holiday Tour on Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Coming to Hershey Theatre in December:
    • Once On This Island on Dec. 3-8 at various times.
    • The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical on Dec. 10-11 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Hershey Symphony: A Holiday Spectacular on Dec. 14 at 2 and 8 p.m.
    • Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 21 at 1 and 5 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.

Go on a Wild Winter Adventure at ZooAmerica

  • Wild Winter Adventure is coming back to ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park!
  • The program is three hours long and designed for children K-5. They will learn how animals survive the cold winter months; encounter live animals including reindeer at Hersheypark; enjoy a snack; explore ZooAmerica; and more!
  • All children must be pre-registered and prepaid to participate. Space is limited.

Dining in Hershey

  • Dec. 19, 5:30-7 p.m.: Meet Coco the Bear at Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar! Mingle, take photos and do the "B-E-A-R-S" chant with the official mascot of The Hershey Bears. It's also "Plate Date" night. Every Thursday at Houlihan's, kids eat for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée.