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Celebrate the Holidays at Hersheypark

Holidays at Hersheypark is a family fun way to get into the holiday spirit.  Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hersheypark is transformed into a winter wonderland called Hersheypark Christmas Candylane.   It offers holiday meet and greets, special event activities, and rides and attractions, it is a must do for the season.

Celebrate the Holidays at Hersheypark

Hersheypark and Hershey Chocolate World offer lots of fun for the entire family.  Tickets can be purchased online for most of the events.  I purchased tickets online to the Sweet Lights Trolley(at Hershey Chocolate World) and admission into Hersheypark. The trolley takes you through a guided tour of miles of holiday lights. You can drive this yourself but we opted for the tickets so we could relax and enjoy the lights. It is spectacular!! They sing songs and the lights are incredible. We all loved it and they give you chocolate during the tour!!

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One of the things I really loved about Herhseypark Christmas Candylane is you can enter the park the day before your actual purchased ticket day. 2.5 hours before closing!! We had tickets for Sunday but were able to enter the park at 7:30pm on Saturday night. This was a really cool perk and all I had to do was show our Sunday tickets. (Always check the website for times and to confirm.)

Evening Schedule

On Saturday we wanted to see all the seasonal attractions and we saved most of the rides for Sunday. A lot of the attractions are evening attractions and we were going to leave Sunday afternoon to drive home. We didn’t want to miss any of the lights! The attractions during the evening are:

  • Storytime-Join an Elf and Hershey Characters for a special holiday story.
  • Zoomerica-This is the zoo connected to the park and is included in park admission.
  • Noel-A light show synchronized to Christmas music. (My favorite!!)
  • Visit with Santa-Meet Santa in his themed cottage.
  • Santa’s Reindeer Stables-All 9 live reindeer!!
  • Ice skating- Rental fee applies.
  • Character Meet and Greet- Hershey, Kiss, Reese, Jolly Ranger (Check park schedule because the characters can change.)

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On Saturday night we watched Noel and visited Santa and his reindeer. We also rode a few attractions. Not all Hershey Park attractions are open. Please check the website. Most are open and we were not lacking for things to do.

Our Favorite Rides

  • Laff Track(Indoor Dark Rollercoaster) Has a fun house feel! This also had the longest line. If you want to ride it arrive early or at the end of the night. This year they have decorated inside for the holidays. (42 inches to ride)
  • Kissing Tower-A tower that lifts up and rotates. Gorgeous views of the town and park. (All can Ride)
  • Reese’s Extreme Cup Challenge- Shooting ride! Really fun! We rode this the most! (36 inches to ride)
  • Monorail-This takes you around the park and it was a nice way to see everything from a different view. (All)

The park has a really cute way of checking height. They are set up by candy character. So you could be a Kiss or a Reese or a Twizzler. My kids were Kisses (36′-42), Resses (42′-48), and Hershey (48′-54′). Outside the park there are places to check their height by standing next to a statue of the character.

I would suggest layering and dressing warm! We wore hats, gloves, and winter coats. When the sun goes down the temperature will drop! Most of the events are outdoors and you will do a lot of walking.

Celebrating the holidays at Hersheypark is so much fun for families. I loved walking around and seeing the lights all over the park. It is a great way to celebrate the holidays as a family. If you are planning your next visit check out my review of Hershey Chocolate World to enjoy all the holiday events.

Hersheypark Christmas Candyland runs on select dates from November 11th- January 1st 2016.


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  1. Really great to hear, I think this holiday must be pleasantful than ever 🙂

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