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What Are You Doing New Year's Day?

Christmas has come and gone, hopefully leaving many joyous memories behind.

Now, it’s time to think about New Year’s Day. It’s a Sunday this year and a great opportunity to gather with family and friends and make even more holiday memories. A great place to spend the day is Hershey, PA where several attractions offer an array of possibilities.

Here is a list of just some of the places you can visit on January 1, 2017.


Hersheypark Christmas Candylane: Kick off 2017 by enjoying rides on more than 40 attractions. If you are feeling adventurous, five roller coasters are open. Laff Trakk, the first indoor, spinning, glow coaster in the United States, is open and is decking its halls with Christmas-themed décor in the spirit of the holiday season. In addition to the rides, guests can enjoy a live singing and dancing show in the heated Music Box Theatre as well as four million lights.

Open Noon to 5 p.m. www.Hersheypark.com

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park: Enjoy the beauty of winter and see more than 200 North American animals. The animals who make their home outside are actually more active in the colder temperatures. Some of my favorite winter animals are: river otter, elk and the wolves. Two indoor buildings are home to animals in the Southern Swamps and the Great Southwest. I love seeing the alligator snapping turtle and the ocelot in those buildings.

Open Noon to 4:30 p.m. www.ZooAmerica.com

Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction: You can take a free tour ride that ends with a sweet sample and learn how chocolate is made. Other indoor attractions include: Create Your Own Candy Bar, The 4D Chocolate Mystery and Chocolate Tasting Experience. And, you can shop from a huge selection of Hershey’s products and enjoy a delicious meal and decadent dessert.

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.Hersheys.com/chocolateworld/

Hershey Sweet Lights: End the day in the comfort (and warmth) of your own vehicle as you drive through two miles of wooded trails and delight in nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays while listening to holiday music. Children of all ages will enjoy looking and trying to find “Where’s Rudolph?” Open 5 to 10 p.m. www.Hersheypark.com