Holiday Happenings

A Capitol Christmas

Whether it’s a summer attraction dressed up for Christmas or a pop-up Christmas celebration, there’re several family-friendly holiday attractions to light up the season.
 

Visit Holiday-Themed Attractions

Whether it’s a summer attraction dressed up for Christmas or a pop-up Christmas celebration, there’re several family-friendly holiday attractions to light up the season.

Hersheypark® Christmas Candylane®

Event Info | Select dates November 15 through January 1
Your favorite summertime rides and attractions twinkle with 4 million holiday lights, and Santa and his nine live reindeer come to visit! Bring the family for rides, coasters, cocoa, and sweet holiday sights.
 

Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction

Attraction Info | Open daily
Stop by Hershey’s Largest Candy Store to see the annual Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House, decorated entirely with Hershey’s chocolate and confections right down to the chocolate bar shingles and gumdrop gutters. Check their calendar for photos and/or breakfast with Santa!


Hershey Sweet Lights®

Event Info | Open daily November 15 through January 1
600 massive, animated and illuminated light displays make up this two-mile, drive-through holiday attraction. We lost count of how many light bulbs they use, but we’re sure this experience will be merry and bright!


Holly Jolly Trolley and Sweet Lights Trolley

Tour Info | Select dates November 15 through December 31
All aboard the festive Hershey Trolley for a fun ride through Hershey where you’ll learn facts about the town and sample some chocolate, of course!


Koziar’s Christmas Village (Bernville, PA)

Attraction Info | Open daily November 2 through January 1
Koziar’s is a spectacular sight to behold and a fairyland filled with Christmas joy and magic. See the beautiful lights and stunning displays, shop for gifts, and enjoy one of the best outdoor Christmas displays in the world.

20-Foot Christmas Tree at the Pennsylvania State Capitol

More Info | Open daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day
At the center of the already breathtaking Main Rotunda at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, you’ll find a gorgeous, towering tree. It shines with more than 800 lights and 500 hand-made ornaments. Be sure to leave time for a free, guided tour of this palace of art, architecture, and history.


Pennsylvania Christmas & Gift Show

Event Info | December 4-8
The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center transforms into a Christmas craft wonderland. Explore one of the largest holiday shows in the country featuring decorations, arts and crafts, food, jewelry, toys, furniture, dolls, and more!


Festival of Trees and Toy Train Exhibit

Event Info | Open weekends November 30 to December 22
Fort Hunter Mansion offers a glimpse at a Victorian Christmas with its impressive Christmas tree displays and toy train exhibit.


Candlelight House Tour in Harrisburg

Event Info | December 8
This annual event is a rare opportunity to see inside some of Harrisburg’s extraordinary homes and architectural landmarks. The tour is renowned as the oldest and best house tour in Central Pennsylvania.

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Catch a Holiday Show

Celebrate the joy and wonder of Christmas by catching a holiday show, concerts, musical, ballet, or play inspired by Christmases past and present. The magic, music, and mistletoe are surefire ways to get you in the holiday spirit!

Musicals, Theatre, & Ballet

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®
Harrisburg Show Info | December 14-15
Hershey Show Info | December 21-22
The dancers of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet perform this timeless tale for two weekends this holiday season. Resist the urge to pirouette in the aisles during the show!

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical
Show Info | December 10-11
The beloved tradition that captures the hearts of children and their families everywhere comes to life at Hershey Theatre. This musical follows Tater Tot the elf who is sent to a family struggling to rediscover Christmas spirit.

Sight & Sound Theatres: Miracle of Christmas (Ronks, PA)
Show Info | Daily (Tues. – Sat.) November 1 through Dec. 28
The birth of the Messiah is brought to life on a panoramic stage with high drama, spectacular special effects, and live animals – on stage and in the aisles!

American Music Theatre’s Christmas Show: Joy to the World (Lancaster, PA)
Show Info | Daily (Tues. – Sun.) November 1 through December 29
“Joy to the World” evokes the revered holiday nostalgia of hometowns across the country. Enjoy the awe-inspiring music, phenomenal voices, holiday humor, live on stage!

Twas The Night Before Christmas (Lancaster, PA)
Show Info | Saturdays November 30 through December 28
This kid-friendly show at Fulton Theatre is a fantastic treat for the entire family, featuring your favorite holiday friends: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa, Frosty the Snowman, and more.

Magic & Wonder: A Magical Merry Christmas (Bird-in-Hand, PA)
Show Info | Wed. – Sat. November 6 through January 1
Toys come to life and wishes come true, all while remembering the true joy of the holiday season. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the illusions, comedy, costumes, and music of this spectacular holiday production on the Bird-in-Hand Stage.

A Bird-In-Hand Christmas to Remember (Bird-in-Hand, PA)
Show Info | Daily (Tues. – Sat.) October 30 through December 28
This live holiday musical follows Matthew and Mary who face unforeseen challenges and reveal unexpected treasures in the most unlikely places.

Concerts & Music

Pentatonix Christmas
Show Info | December 12

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2019 Winter Tour
Show Info | December 13
TSO brings its highly-anticipated, electrifying winter tour to Hershey.

Hershey Symphony: Holiday Spectacular
Show Info | December 14
Hear your favorite Christmas songs and carols performed by the Hershey Symphony orchestra, including singalongs, handbells, and Santa!

Brass Triumphant in Concert
Show Info | December 15
An eleven-member brass group plays holiday tunes and Christmas songs at this free performance at Fort Hunter in Harrisburg.

Films

The Polar Express at Select Medical Digital Cinema
Showtimes | Saturdays and Sundays November 23 through December 23
See this holiday classic on the biggest movie screen in Central PA.

Polar Express Pajama Party at AACA Museum, Inc.
Event Info | December 7
Wear your PJs, bring a blanket, and enjoy the film, alongside kid-friendly concessions: hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and pizza!

Holiday Movies at Midtown Cinema
Showtimes | Select dates in December

Parade

Harrisburg Holiday Parade
Event Info | November 23
Harrisburg ushers in the holiday season with parade floats, marching bands, food, festivities, and a visit from Santa and live reindeer! Families can participate in a meet and greet with Santa featuring complimentary cookies and hot chocolate.

Food, Wine & Drink

Breakfast with Santa at Hershey’s Chocolate World
Event Info | Saturdays & Sundays November 16 through December 22
Join Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus for a breakfast buffet, photo opportunity, cookie decorating station, and a 4D show. Menu includes Hershey’s famous chocolate chip pancakes, quiche, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, fruit, yogurt, and hot coffee and cocoa!

Santalympics at Spring Gate Vineyard
Event Info | December 7-8
Bring your friends and don your festive best to complete six Christmas and wine-themed games, all while raising money for charity.

A Heartland Christmas Wine Trail
Event Info | Saturdays & Sundays November 23 through December 8
Take a self-guided sipping tour of the Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail. At your first stop, pick up your tasting glass, grapevine wreath, and your first of several handmade ornaments you can collect along the way!

Ice Cream with Santa at Turkey Hill Experience
Event Info | December 14 & 21
Join Santa for dessert and holiday activities including a Christmas story read by Santa himself! Kids 12 and under can create holiday cards and crafts, sample Mrs. Claus’ baked cookies, and make a holiday ice cream creation!


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Ring in the New Year
 

Spend the last moments of 2019 in the Hershey Harrisburg Region, where our fun and excitement make it easy to stay up ‘til midnight.

Downtown Hershey
Event Info | December 31 beginning at 9 PM
Enjoy live music, children’s activities, food, and drinks in Downtown Hershey as you wait for the Hershey’s Kiss to drop at midnight!

Downtown Harrisburg
Event Info | December 31 beginning at 9 PM
Whether you’re enjoying the kids’ activities and live music or doing a little bar hopping, all eyes turn to Hilton Harrisburg where the city drops a strawberry at midnight!

New Year’s Eve for Kids

New Year’s Event Party for Children at Whitaker Center
Event Info | December 31 at 11 AM
Gamut Theatre’s Popcorn Hat Players put on a kid-friendly show for the audience who is wearing party hats and leis and waiting to countdown to noon!




New Year’s Eve Celebration at Hershey’s Chocolate World
Event Info | December 31 from 4-9 PM
Kids can start celebrating early with special activities and appearances from the Hershey’s Characters.