Did you know Christmas at Hersheypark is simply magical? Find out all the amazing things to do while visiting the Sweetest place on Earth! Although I received season passes to facilitate my review by being part of the 2023 Sweetest Families, all opinions are 100% my own!
Christmas at HersheyPark
Christmas is a Magical time of year. Experiencing the enchanting magic of Hersheypark during the most wonderful time of year brings the magic to a whole other level! As the holiday season unfolds, Hersheypark transforms into a dazzling winter spectacle, welcoming visitors with a magical blend of festive charm and exhilarating thrills. From the moment you step through the gates, you’ll be immersed in a truly enchanting Christmas adventure.
There is so much to do at Hersheypark during winter you’ll want to visit again and again! You will marvel at the park’s breathtaking holiday decorations, meticulously crafted to capture the spirit of the season. Giant ornaments, sparkling garlands, and towering Christmas trees creating a picturesque backdrop as you explore the winter wonderland.
The best part is the aroma of sweet treats and the sound of joyous holiday favorites that fill the air, adding to the festive ambiance that surrounds you. There really is something so Magical about visiting Hersheypark at Christmas.
There are so many unique experiences to be had while visiting Hersheypark during the Holidays. Check some of them out below.
Most Lights in Pennsylvania
You will find more than five million sparkling lights – the most in Pennsylvania – deck the halls of Hersheypark amusement park in celebration of the season. The guest-favorite NOEL light show featuring more than 250,000 dancing lights choreographed to Christmas music returns nightly beginning at 5 p.m. in The Hollow region.
Guests can view four different shows every half an hour from the three bridges overlooking Spring Creek or take a gondola-style ride on the Skyview attraction right over the lights.
Unique Ride Offerings
For those seeking thrills alongside the holiday cheer, many of Hersheypark’s iconic rides and attractions remain open, offering a unique blend of excitement and merriment. Whether you’re speeding down a roller coaster adorned with dazzling lights or taking a leisurely ride on the carousel, the park’s attractions provide a perfect blend of holiday magic and adrenaline-pumping fun.
New for 2023, guests can enjoy holiday thrills on seven coasters, including the new Wildcat’s Revenge hybrid coaster during its first winter, plus Candymonium, sooperdooperLooper, Jolly Rancher Remix, Wild Mouse, Cocoa Cruiser and the indoor glowing Laff Trakk, which is decorated for the holidays with a large Christmas tree in the center. Weather permitting, family-friendly rides and holiday favorites like Dry Gulch Railroad and Skyview are also available.
Magical fun at Hersheypark
But the Magic of Hersheypark at Christmas isn’t just about the decorations – it’s a celebration of holiday spirit and family fun. Gather your loved ones for heartwarming encounters with Santa Claus, where wishes are shared and festive memories are made. Delight in special holiday-themed shows that bring the magic of the season to life through music, dance, and storytelling.
Interactive Santa Experience – Santa is available during all hours of operation (with breaks noted on signage) for photos as part of an interactive experience with his elves under the former Carrousel Pavillion through Dec. 24.
NEW Mrs. Claus’ Dance Party – New for 2023, guests can join Mrs. Claus to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a bright and colorful Holiday Dance Party under the former Carrousel Pavilion at select times noted in the Hersheypark app.
Only Place in Northeast with All Nine Reindeer – For more than 25 years, Rudolph and his friends have made a special stop at Christmas Candylane. Guests can see all nine live reindeer at Santa’s Reindeer Stables inside Hersheypark during all hours of operation through Jan. 1. Trained reindeer experts will be on-site to answer guest questions. Hersheypark is the only place in the Northeast with this magical experience featuring all nine of Santa’s reindeer.
TREEville Trail – Starting Dec. 1, 2023, guests can experience TREEville trail, a strolling holiday adventure experience in The Boardwalk At Hersheypark region with more than a dozen uniquely decorated trees sharing stories of The Sweetest Place On Earth.
Hershey Characters Sweet Greets
Visitors can stop by the heated Chevrolet Music Box Theatre venue to meet their favorite Hershey Characters donning their coziest winter apparel and snap a photo. Times are listed in the Hersheypark app. This was a great picture we were able to use for our Christmas card this year!
Holiday Eats and Treats at Hersheypark
Most importantly you will be enjoying all the delicious culinary treats that make Hersheypark a one of a kind destination. Make lasting memories with loved ones as you sip on hot cocoa. Empark on your journey while indulging in seasonal treats while captivating Magic of Hersheypark at Christmas. With each corner of the park adorned in festive splendor, the holiday season comes alive in a truly magical way. Creating a cherished experience that will warm your heart for years to come.
You can experience delicious seasonal offerings include the popular Hot Chocolate
and new King Size Shake flavors like Apple at Simply Chocolate dessert shop. You can also find the fan-favorite Baked Potato Bar and a new Thanksgiving pizza at Overlook Food Court. Most important, new holiday items at Milton’s Ice Cream Parlor and The Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen.
They have their delicious funnel cakes with seasonal flavors
There are so many culinary treats to enjoy, you won’t be able to get enough of it all.
Festive Dining Experiences at The Chocolatier
New for 2023, The Chocolatier Restaurant Bar + Patio will offer a holiday patio event with spiked hot chocolate for adults ages 21 and older, over-the-top hot chocolate for kids and tabletop s’mores kits overlooking Chocolatetown region starting Nov. 24. A Breakfast with Santa experience is also available at The Chocolatier on select dates from Nov. 24 through Dec. 24. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet. Deliciously chocolate, kids’ activities and holiday family fun while seeing Santa and a few of his elves.
Reservations are required and can be made online at the Chocolatier!
As you can see Visiting Hersheypark at Christmas really is magical. Don’t miss out on this amazing experience for your whole family. These memories will follow you all for years to come! With prices as low as $34 why not make family memories this holiday with a trip to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane®!
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