I know, I know…… it is hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner, right? Summer isn’t officially over yet, but it is getting there. While I don’t want to rush the summer out of here, I also want to make plans for the upcoming Holiday season early so my little family doesn’t miss out on all of the fun to be had.
Christmas in Hershey is one of my favorite times to visit Hershey PA as there is fun for the whole family. One of the main reasons I love Hershey so much is that they are open for a variety of seasons and not just during the summer. They have the summer season, but also a Christmas, Halloween, and Springtime Season!
We are heading to Hershey for Christmas this year and I can’t wait to share the fun we have! Here is a preview of what you can expect this year!!
Christmas in Hershey, PA Creates Family Traditions
Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, Hershey Sweet Lights & More Return for Holiday Fun
(Hershey, Pa. – September 7, 2018) – Celebrate this holiday season with a trip to Hershey, Pa., and make memories that last a lifetime. The magic of the holidays comes to life during Christmas In Hershey holiday events, with new additions and old favorites, including:
Hersheypark Christmas Candylane
Marking its 35th anniversary this year, Christmas Candylane holiday attraction will feature more than 50 rides (weather permitting), including 40 rides for children and six roller coasters: Sidewinder, Wildcat, sooperdooperLooper, Cocoa Cruiser, Wild Mouse and Laff Trakk. Four million sparkling lights will illuminate and excite as you make your way through Hersheypark amusement park, in addition to the dazzling NOEL light show choreographed with holiday music.
Iconic Christmas Candylane activities will also return as Santa and all nine of his reindeer make a special stop at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. Santa is available during all operating hours and families can stop by the reindeer stables to get an up-close look at their favorite reindeer live, including Rudolph! Our signature hot chocolate will keep you warm and our holiday show Up on the Rooftop in our heated Music Box Theater will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Christmas Candylane begins Friday, November 16 and is open on select dates through Tuesday, January 1, 2019; online tickets are less than $20 when guests purchase tickets online before November 20. For operational hours and dates, visit www.Hersheypark.com.
Hershey Sweet Lights
Drive through two miles of lighted displays from the comfort of your car as part of the Hershey Sweet Lights attraction. Enjoy illuminated holiday lights through fields and wooded trails while listening to holiday music. Hershey Sweet Lights begins Friday, November 16 and is open daily through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. For operational hours and dates visit www.Hersheypark.com.
We drove through the Hershey Sweet Lights last Christmas season and there are a TON of lights! This is a must do in the Hershey area. With Christmas time being so cold, this is a great way to stay in the warm car. Drive slow, take pictures and enjoy the heat!
The Official Resorts of Hersheypark
Stay overnight at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark for a sweet holiday getaway. The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge properties offer “Breakfast with Santa,” “Hersheypark Christmas Candylane” and “Hersheypark Happy Christmas” packages during the holiday season. The Hotel Hershey also offers a “Lunch with Santa” package. All packages include deluxe accommodations, admission to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, Hershey Sweet Lights, Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story Museum, plus a dining experience.
Overnight guests of Hershey Lodge resort receive exclusive access to Hershey’s Water Works at Hershey Lodge, the indoor pool complex that includes two interactive indoor pools, Twizzlers Twists Slides, Reese’s Water Walk, water play structures, 24-hour arcade and the Cocoa Cabana dining location with a full bar.
The Woodside Cottages at The Hotel Hershey make for a memorable holiday experience. The most premium accommodations at the Hotel, the Woodside Cottages 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.
Hersheypark Camping Resort campground is open year-round and features two-bedroom deluxe log cabins. These popular accommodations sleep up to seven guests and provide campers with amenities such as heat, bathroom with a shower, kitchenette, dining area and living room area with sofa and TV.
For details on all of these properties, visit www.Hersheypark.com/lodging.
Relaxation in Hershey, PA
The new MeltSpa by Hershey day spa is offering exclusive Pumpkin Spice (October-November) and Cinnamon Mocha (December 2018-January 2019) collections. Treatments include body scrub, body wrap, manicure and pedicure. Pumpkin Spice and Cinnamon Mocha Immersions and Packages are also available. Visit www.MeltSpa.com to learn more.
The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa also features special treatments, including a Pumpkin Collection (October-November), Holiday Season Sampler (November 2018-January 2019), Peppermint Hot Chocolate Immersion (December 2018-January 2019) and Peppermint Mocha Manicure & Pedicure (December 2018-February 2019). For more information, visit www.ChocolateSpa.com.
Dining In Hershey, PA
Hershey, Pa. offers more than a dozen unique dining venues that include everything from casual coffee shops to late-night cocktails, family-friendly dining to four-star cuisine and everything in between. Seasonal menus, Thanksgiving and Christmas dining are available. For additional information and reservations, visit www.DiningInHershey.com.
ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
Wild Winter Treats – Watch as our animals get into the holiday spirit with a special winter treat.
December 8, 9, 15, 16, 27, 28, 29 and 30.
Wild Winter Adventures – During this program you’ll learn how animals survive in the cold winter months and get up-close with animal encounters and more.
Morning and afternoon sessions are available on December 8, 9, 15, 16, 27, 28 and 30. Pre-registration is required.
Visit www.ZooAmerica.com for additional details.
Amazing shows will be featured in Hershey, Pa. during November and December:
Captain Scott Kelly: The Sky is Not the Limit – November 10 at Hershey Theatre
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – November 30 at Hershey Theatre
Jason Mraz – December 2 at Hershey Theatre
A Charlie Brown Christmas – December 5 and 6 at Hershey Theatre
Hershey Symphony presents Holiday Spectacular – December 8 at Hershey Theatre
Straight No Chaser – December 9 at Hershey Theatre
Chris Tomlin – December 15 at Hershey Theatre
Jewel’s 2018 Holiday Homecoming – December 16 at Hershey Theatre
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve – December 16 at Giant Center arena
CYPB’s “The Nutcracker” – December 22 and 23 at Hershey Theatre
Visit www.HersheyEntertainment.com for tickets and more information.
The Hershey Story Museum
Little Elves Workshop – Participants will roll, cut and ice their creations and packaging. $5.00 per ornament. Available select dates November 17 – January 1, 10 am – 2 pm.
Sensory-Friendly Little Elves Workshop – NEW! Guests with sensory-related sensitivities and their families or caregivers are invited to roll, cut and decorate a holiday ornament made of chocolate clay; $5 ornament participant fee. November 17 and 24, and December 22 and 29, 2018; 9-10 am.
Snowball Saturdays – Friendly indoor snowball fights are the centerpiece of this holiday event! Free; admission to the Museum Experience not required. Available December 1, 8 & 15, scheduled times between 10 am and 2 pm.
Holiday-Themed Chocolate Lab Classes – Ticket purchase required; children must be at least 4 years old to enter the lab. Available daily beginning November 10 – January 1, 2019, class times vary.
NYE Bubble Wrap Stomps – Kids can count down the New Year during the day with bubble wrap stomps on Monday, December 31, 2018, at 11:00 am., 1:00 pm. and 3:00 pm. Free; admission to the Museum Experience not required.
Visit www.HersheyStory.org for more information.
The Christmas Tree Showcase – NEW! A festive display of holiday trees in the Educational Wing in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory; each tree will be exquisitely decorated by a different local florist and feature a variety of tree decorating styles and themes, while a stunning 14-foot poinsettia tree will take center stage. Included in admission. Saturday, November 17, 2018, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Crafty Christmas Creations – NEW! Holiday craft for kids in the Education Center, which will feature a holiday tree display; trees decorated with ornaments made by local grade school students. Included in admission. Available select dates from November 17, 2018, through January 1, 2019, 10 am – 2 pm.
Visit www.HersheyGardens.org for more information.
Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction
Breakfast with Santa
Start the day in a merry way by joining Santa and Mrs. Claus for a warm breakfast buffet, featuring signature Hershey’s items such as our chocolate chip pancakes. This festive event also includes a portrait with Santa, children’s gift from Santa, a cookie decorating station, holiday craft, visits from the Hershey’s Characters, and (back by popular demand) our 4D Chocolate Mystery Show. Dates: Nov. 17-18, 23-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23; 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House
The annual Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House decorated entirely with Hershey’s chocolate and confections. The Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House supports Children’s Miracle Network. Nov. 16 – Jan. 1
Hershey Sweet Lights Trolley
Journey through Hershey Sweet Lights on the Sweet Lights Trolley! Our Trolley conductors have carols, chocolate, and creative commentary to entertain guests of all ages.
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; Dec. 22-31, Select Times
Visit www.Hersheys.com/ChocolateWorld for more information.