Who is ready for The Sweetest Place on Earth! to transform into a magical Christmas town filled with holiday charm? We are! Holiday events begin THIS FRIDAY in Hershey, PA, aka Chocolate Town U.S.A. While many classic favorite traditions return to Hershey, there are new additions to check out this season as well!
Christmas Candylane at Hersheypark
Christmas Candylane holiday attraction opens this Friday November 10! Hersheypark Amusement Park is open on select dates through Monday, January 1, 2018.
Wander through a magical illuminated land filled with Christmas spirit, as Hersheypark displays over four million sparkling lights! Be sure to check out the new holiday show, A Music Box Christmas.
A number of iconic Christmas Candylane activities return this season. You don’t want to miss Santa and his live reindeer, Rudolph’s Skating Pond, and NOEL, the breathtaking light show.
This season a number of your favorite roller coasters are open, including Wildcat, sooperdooperLooper, Cocoa Cruiser, Wild Mouse and Laff Trakk. New the the lineup this year is the addition of Sidewinder! Hershey Triple Tower will also be open along with over 50 other rides at Hersheypark.
Hershey Sweet Lights
I’m so excited to check out Hershey Sweet Lights this season!! From the comfort of your own car, you can drive through a two-mile enchanted winter wonderland. This Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular features nearly 600 illuminated, and animated displays. Hershey Sweet Lights attraction begins this Friday, November 10 and is open daily through Monday, January 1, 2018.
ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
Every time we visit Hersheypark, my son loves to pop into ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park. Luckily the zoo is open year round with Wild Winter Treats, and Wild Winter Adventures. Specialty tours are also available during this holiday season.
On Saturdays: December 2, 9 and 16, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, guests can visit with Santa while enjoying live music in the Welcome Pavilion. Then on Sundays: December 3, 10 and 17, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, kids can make a holiday craft and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus. How fun!
Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction
This year’s Hershey’s Chocolate World holiday activities include:
Breakfast with Santa – Doors open at 7:15 a.m., Breakfast Buffet is from 7:30-9:00 a.m. November 18 & 19, 25 & 26 and December 2 (Sold Out) & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 26- 30
See the unique Annual Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House! Every inch is covered in Hershey’s confectionery products and a sweet donation is made to Children’s Miracle Network.
Hershey Sweet Lights Trolley: Journey through Hershey Sweet Lights, a magical holiday light display, on board an old-fashioned trolley. Our trolley conductor will have carols, HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates, and creative commentary to entertain you and your family.
Holly Jolly Trolley: Take a cozy trip on an old-fashioned trolley which is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit with caroling, stories, and even a special visit from a certain jolly, old elf.
The Hershey Story Museum
Check out all the fun events going on at The Hershey Story Museum:
Little Elves Workshop – Participants will roll, cut and ice their creations and design their own packaging. $5.00 per ornament; adults may accompany participating children at no charge. Available select dates November 18 – January 1 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Snowball Saturdays – Friendly indoor snowball fights are the centerpiece of this holiday event! Free; admission to the Museum Experience not required. Available December 2, 9 & 16, scheduled times between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Holiday-Themed Chocolate Lab Classes – Ticket purchase required; children must be at least four years old to enter the lab. Available daily beginning November 11 – January 1, 2018, class times vary.
NYE Bubble Wrap Stomps – Kids can celebrate the New Year with bubble wrap stomps on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Free; admission to the Museum Experience not required.
The Hotel Hershey & Hershey Lodge
This holiday season, both The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge are offering the Hersheypark Happy! Christmas Package to guests.
Package Includes: 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), and admission to The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience.
You’ll also want to check out The Woodside Cottages at The Hotel Hershey . These luxury accommodations make for a memorable holiday experience. They feature larger bedrooms, world-class bathrooms and private outdoor entrances. Individual rooms or full cottages are available for reservations. Guests who reserve a full four- or six-bedroom cottage receive access to a multi-functional great room with cathedral ceilings, fireplace, microwave and wet bar.
You can visit www.HersheyLodge.com and/or www.TheHotelHershey.com for more details. There are Breakfast with Santa packages too!
The Spa At The Hotel Hershey & MeltSpa by Hershey
There will be special holiday-themed treatments available at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey, ranging from peppermint hot chocolate immersions to holiday season samplers! Special winter-themed treatments include:
Holiday Season Sampler (November 1 – January 31)
$185 Monday-Thursday, $195 Fri-Sun
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Immersion (December 1 – January 31)
$195 Monday-Thursday, $205 Fri-Sun
Peppermint Mocha Manicure & Pedicure (December 1 – February 28)
$140 Monday-Thursday, $150 Fri-Sun
MeltSpa by Hershey will continue to feature their exclusive Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Treatments, as well as other additional services. Treatments include Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Sugar Scrub, Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Body Wrap, and Hershey’s Sweet Hands & Feet Dark Chocolate Treatment.
Dining In Hershey, PA
This year you won’t want to miss Holiday with Dickens at The Hotel Hershey! On Sunday, December 3, guests can enjoy a Holiday Tea ($40) at 3 PM. Then at 6:30 PM, there will be a Holiday Dinner ($99). This heartwarming show is performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, the great, great grandson of literary master, Charles Dickens. During his energetic one-man show, Dickens brings A Christmas Carol to life. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 717-534-8800.
Check out all the festive holiday shows that will be featured in Hershey, PA, this holiday season:
“Rudolph” – December 6 and 7 at Hershey Theatre
Hershey Symphony presents Holiday Spectacular – December 9 at Hershey Theatre
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 15 at Giant Center
George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” – December 16 and 17 at Hershey Theatre
Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Christmas Tour – December 17 at Giant Center
Straight No Chaser – December 23 at Hershey Theatre
Make sure you visit www.HersheyEntertainment.com for tickets and more information.
Want to learn more about what Hershey, PA has to offer? Check out some of my recent Hershey posts! While some of these events are already over for the season, keep your eye out for the fun to return next year:
Enjoy the Flavors of Fall at Hersheypark & Hershey’s Chocolate World
Sweet Halloween Fun at Hersheypark in the Dark
Ready to #DefendTheDen: 2017-2018 Hershey Bears Hockey
Enjoy Sweet Indulgence at MeltSpa by Hershey in Downtown #HersheyPA
Enjoy a Sweet Halloween at Hersheypark in the Dark!
Breakers Edge Water Coaster and Whitecap Racer Debut at The Boardwalk At Hersheypark in 2018
Enjoy a New Level of Comfort Food at Hershey Lodge’s FIRE & GRAIN
Experience BBLz™ Now at Hersheypark
The “Non-Roller-Coaster-Rider” Guide to Hersheypark
Treat Yourself to a Sweet King Size Shake at Hersheypark
Top Reasons to Stay at Hershey Lodge
Enjoy a Family Night Out with Hershey Bears Hockey
But most importantly… ALL THE HOLIDAY FUN begins THIS FRIDAY, November 10!
While Hersheypark Season Passes and accommodations were provided by Hershey Resorts and Entertainment, all opinions are 100% my own. Photos property of Hershey, PA.
Emma @ Muddy Boots and Diamonds says
This looks like so much fun! Hersheypark is on my bucket list, but it looks like an especially fun time during the holidays.
Rebecca Bryant says
I love seeing holidays in the parks. Whether it’s Disney or Hershey I love the holidays. So many great decorations, food, and fun. I hope to visit Hershey park one day.
Lois Alter Mark says
I’d take a Hershey’s chocolate bar over a fancy truffle any day! Visiting Hershey Park seems like a dream come true, especially during such a festive (and sweet!) season. Plus, who wouldn’t want to do a peppermint hot chocolate immersion?? Sign me up!
CHristmas is by far my favorite time of the year to visit Hersheypark!!! I hope to make a visit this year!
Alicia Taylor says
I didn’t realize that Hershey had a spa! And they will slather me in chocolate? I have told people I would pay for that privilege before. I guess Hershey was listening. LOL
Hershey Park looks like such a great time. Perfect for the holidays. I wish we had one near.
Karen Eidson says
My husband and I spent 11 months working in Gettysburg several years ago, but never made it to Hershey. It looks like a fun time for everyone in the family. I would love to go some time.
I would love to visit a chocolate spa! That’s a few types of heaven all rolled into one
I didn’t even know this place existed! Looks super fun.
Hersheypark always look like so much fun! I wish we had them here in the UK. I would definitely give the chocolate spa a try. I can only imagine how amazing it is!!
I haven’t been to Hersheypark before. I looks amazing, I may have to plan a trip….
Jacqui Odell says
This looks like a lot of fun! I love this time of the year. My favorite thing to do as a kid was to drive around and see the lights.
Ashley Bass says
Oh this brings me down memory lane. Love Hershey Park!!
Monica (NYCTechMommy says
Haven’t been to Hershey Park in years! It would be so fun to visit during the holidays! Nothing says holidays to me like chocolate! I think we have to go…
I love Christmas activities. They haven’t quite started here yet, but we plan on doing several light shows.
Julie Terry says
This looks like it would be so much fun for the family.
C. Nark says
We’ve gone to Hershey at Christmas for 30+ years and we love it! But I must say at $24 a ticket for the park I think you’re pricing us out of there this year! We have a big family that we like to treat but……