My family loves Christmas in Hershey–in fact it is our favorite time to visit. We love to bundle up and visit the park, stop in and see Santa and Rudolph of course and then head over to Sweet Lights. Before we leave the park we always grab some kettle corn and eat it in the car while we look at the lights and sing along to the carols on the radio. We always then end our night in front of the fireplace at the Hershey Lodge eating chocolate chip cookies and drinking hot chocolate from the Cocoa Beanery. It truly is our favorite holiday tradition, so check out my Top 10 Reasons to Visit Hershey at Christmastime and then make sure to book your own visit to the Sweetest Place on Earth!
Top 10 Reasons to Visit Hershey at Christmastime
The holiday feeling–There is no better feeling then walking up to the gates of Hersheypark and seeing them all decked out for the holidays. No matter the temperature outside I always get a farm fuzzy feeling as I walk through those gates knowing that my whole family is going to have a great time.
Sparking lights everywhere you turn–With four million sparkling lights illuminating the park everywhere you turn within the park is magical–my family especially likes to stand on the (NAME OF BRIDGE) to watch the NOEL Light show timed perfectly to holiday music. Enjoy 4 different shows beginning nightly at 5 PM with show times every half hour.
Thrilling rides--Even though it is the Christmas season, lots of awesome rides are still open, in fact, more than 50 of your favorite rides, including 6 coasters so there is fun for the whole family! Plus, for the first time ever during Hersheypark® Christmas Candylane®, enjoy Hershey Triple Tower™ and SidewinderSM.
Santa and the Reindeer–Where else can you see Santa AND his reindeer getting ready for their big night? Visit Santa then stop by the reindeer stables to get an up-close look at your favorite reindeer, including Rudolph!
Awesome holiday shows–The all new show, A Music Box Christmas, will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit–and don’t forget to hit the ice at Rudolph’s Skating Pond!
Hershey Sweet Lights— This is always my kids favorite! Make sure to grab some kettle corn, tune your radio and enjoy two miles of lighted displays from the comfort of your car in Hershey Sweet Lights attraction.
Hershey Sweet Lights attraction begins Friday, November 10 and is open daily through Monday, January 1, 2018. For operational hours and dates visit www.Hersheypark.com.
Sipping cocoa and enjoying cookies by the fire in the Hershey Lodge–if you ask my kids this is one of their favorites! We love to warm up next to the fire and relax and reminisce about our fun day. It’s memories like this that I hope my children cherish forever.
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.
Chocolate World–Another of my family’s favorite things to do in Hershey is to visit Chocolate World, especially at Christmas! The 9th annual HERSHEY’S Holiday Chocolate House decorated entirely with Hershey’s chocolate and confections is truly a sight to see! Also, make time to take a cozy trip on the Holly Jolly Trolley! There’s caroling, jingling, and even a visit from a certain jolly, old elf who has presents for everyone on the nice list. Finally, don’t forget about seeing the 4D Chocolate Mystery show, Create your Own Candy Bar and take the Chocolate Tasting Experience!
Relax at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey and the all new MeltSpa by Hershey–There will be special holiday-themed treatments, 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.
New for 2017 is MeltSpa by Hershey day spa. Located in the heart of downtown Hershey at 11 E Chocolate Ave., MeltSpa by Hershey features exclusive Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Treatments and additional services. To see a full list of treatments visit www.MeltSpa.com.
Amazing Entertainment throughout Hershey during the 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
Christmas Candylane holiday attraction begins Friday, November 10 and is open on select dates through Monday, January 1, 2018. For operational hours and dates visit www.Hersheypark.com.