Whether you want to spend a day, a weekend, or a whole week in Hershey, PA, there’s so much family fun to be had during Christmas in Hershey, and it’s about to begin! We never let a season slip by without a family visit to Hersheypark, Chocolate World, Hershey Lodge or The Hotel Hershey, and it’s such a joy to experience family travel that is truly family-friendly in every way.
Read on to see what’s happening in The Sweetest Place on Earth during the most wonderful time of the year…
What is Christmas in Hershey?
Christmas in Hershey is a magical, town-wide celebration that incorporates both old-fashioned traditions and exciting new additions every year. Come visit the town with the street lights shaped like Hershey’s Kisses as it turns into a winter wonderland for the whole family (and the chocolate is just the beginning!) There’s hardly a place in Hershey that isn’t decked out for the holidays, but you’ll want to start with a visit to Christmas Candylane, where the iconic park you know and love will greet you all dressed up in its holiday best!
Stroll through Christmas Candylane to visit real reindeer, ride rollercoasters, take a spin on the carousel while it plays holiday music, and so much more.
Travel Tip: While you’re in town, have breakfast or lunch with Santa at The Hotel Hershey, Hershey lodge or Hersheypark Place.
New this year to Christmas Candylane
Can we get a warm welcome for Sidewinder? It’s the newest roller coaster to join the Christmas Candylane lineup! That means SIX rollercoasters (including our personal favorite, Laff Trakk) along with the new Hershey Triple Towers! In fact, over 50 rides are open in all during the season.
No less than FOUR million lights will be sparkling as you make your way through Hersheypark this year. While you’re there, grab some of the best hot chocolate in the world and catch A Music Box Christmas, or some of the other iconic Christmas Candylane activities, like Santa and his live reindeer, Rudolph’s Skating Pond, and NOEL, the breathtaking light show.
Christmas Candylane holiday attractions begin Friday, November 10 and are open on select dates through Monday, January 1, 2018. For operational hours and dates visit www.Hersheypark.com.
Travel Tip: Your local Giant Food Store carries discounted tickets at the customer service desk!
Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal treats you won’t find anywhere else. The hot chocolate will be flowing throughout the park, and if you’re a s’mores fan, you can’t leave without trying the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup S’more!
Travel Tip: Start a new yearly tradition and pick up a Hershey-themed holiday ornament right inside the park.
Hershey Sweet Lights
Located close to the park, you’ll find Hershey Sweet Lights, A Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular. Talk about making spirits bright! This is one mesmerizing display you will want to take the whole family to see. It’s a true winter wonderland decorated with nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays that you can see right from your car as you wind your way through two miles of wooded trails. (Open nightly from November 10 – Jan 1, 2017.)
ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
The zoo is open year round with Wild Winter Treats, Wild Winter Adventures, specialty tours and more available at ZooAmerica wildlife park during this holiday season.
Visit www.ZooAmerica.com for more information.
Stay Overnight at The Hotel Hershey & Hershey Lodge
Want to make a night of it? Or maybe two? New for 2017 is the Hersheypark Happy! Christmas Package, available at Hershey Lodge and The Hotel Hershey resorts during the holiday season. Get away from the hustle and bustle with:
- Deluxe accommodations for two nights
- milk and cookies for four on night of arrival
- two-day admission to Christmas Candylane holiday attraction per person
- admission for one vehicle to Hershey Sweet Lights attraction
- admission to Hershey Gardens (including the year-round Butterfly Atrium)
- admission to The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience.
The Spa At The Hotel Hershey
The sweetest spa we’ve ever visited will be featuring a new holiday menu of services ranging from peppermint hot chocolate immersions to holiday season samplers. These will be offered select times, November 1 through February 28. To see a full list of treatments visit www.ChocolateSpa.com.
Christmas in Hershey begins Friday, November 10th, so start making those plans now. We’ve already got lots of travel planned during Christmas in Hershey, so we just might see you there!