Christmas in Hershey & Harrisburg

What’s on your Christmas List? Celebrate Christmas in Hershey & Harrisburg with holiday attractions, Christmas lights, Santa, chocolate, relaxation, romance, and more!

Christmas Candylane Character & Boy

Family Time!

While you and the kids have some time off from work and school, make the most of your moments together! Visit the towering Christmas tree in the Main Rotunda at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Shop for sweet treats and themed gifts at Hershey’s Chocolate World! The store is all dressed up for the holidays and Santa will be there for family photo ops! 

Bring the family to Hersheypark® which gets a holiday wonderland makeover for Hersheypark Christmas Candylane®. Enjoy family rides, coasters, and Hershey’s Characters amidst millions of twinkling lights and plenty of cocoa to go around! Don’t miss Hershey Sweet Lights®, a two-mile, drive-through Christmas light attraction featuring more than 600 illuminated and animated displays across the street from Hersheypark. With a little bit of planning, you can spend the evening enjoying a spectacular holiday concert, play, or musical that brings the magic of the season to life on stage.

Don’t forget to include one of our region’s indoor activities, which make perfect additions to your holiday getaway! Kids of all ages can step back in time at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, a three-story exploration of science and Pennsylvania history. The Hershey Story Museum is always beautifully decorated for the holidays. Check out the Little Elves workshop or add a Chocolate Lab experience to your trip as you learn about the life and legacy of Milton Hershey.

Gift Idea: If you can’t make it during the holidays, browse our summer family attractions and gift an experience to the kids for 2023!

Christmas with Santa at Chocolate World


Ahhh. If it’s “me” time you’re hoping for this season, we recommend an indulgent and rejuvenating getaway to the Chocolate Spa®. Hershey is your relaxation destination featuring signature Hershey’s Chocolate-infused treatments. Nourish your skin with a Chocolate Fondue Wrap, get your glow back with a Cocoa Facial Experience, or feel your stress melt away with a Cocoa Massage. As a Chocolate Spa guest, you can kick up your feet in one of the relaxation lounges, enjoy the steam room and sauna, take a dip in the indoor pool, or use the fitness center equipment.

Gift Idea: Know someone who needs to unwind? Purchase a spa gift card or treat yourself to an upgraded overnight package!

Spa relaxation


Desserts are never in short supply around the holidays, and there’s no better place to get your chocolate fix than Hershey, PA! Stop by the bakery at Hershey’s Chocolate World for mammoth cupcakes and giant cookies topped with Hershey’s Chocolate. Sip silky hot cocoa while admiring the Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House, a huge structure made with Hershey’s candy and confections! No snacking on the shingles, please! Discover even MORE chocolate and holiday-themed goodies on the Chocolate & More Sweet Treat Trail

Mom and Dad can unwind with a chocolate-inspired adult beverage that’s almost as sweet as a little peace and quiet! At restaurants inside The Hotel Hershey® or Hershey LodgeSM, savor a Hershey’s Signature Chocolate Martini blended with vanilla vodka, chocolate vodka, and crème de cacao. Tröegs Independent Brewing has their madlly-popular Mad Elf Ale - brewed with cherries, local honey, chocolate malt, and subtle spices.

You can check out other breweries crafting around chocolate and holiday flavors on the Brew Barons Beer Trail

Chocolate desserts

Gift Idea: Shop stocking stuffers, Hershey’s branded gifts, and hard-to-find Hershey’s chocolate products!


If it’s just the two of you this holiday season, opt for a sweet getaway to Hershey and Harrisburg. Opt for opulence, luxury, and a little bit of history at The Hotel Hershey®, a resort that includes fine dining, a day spa, shopping, and complimentary and discounted admission to several Hershey attractions. Enjoy world-class dining along Restaurant Row in Harrisburg. Two scrumptious selections are Ad Lib Craft Kitchen + Bar and 1700 Degrees Steakhouse, two culinary destinations located inside Hilton Harrisburg

Snuggle with your sweetie at a cozy bed and breakfast that delivers all the comforts of home, and none of the daily chores! Start your day with a home-cooked breakfast, with fresh-baked pastries, farm-fresh eggs and vegetables, and locally roasted coffee. The Hershey Harrisburg Region has urban retreats overlooking the Susquehanna River and close to restaurants and shopping, as well as off-the-beaten-path pastoral accommodations marked by tranquility and picturesque farmland views.  

Gift Idea: Set up a tasting trip to our region’s vineyards and wineries and stock up on bottles to uncork all winter long!

B and B moment by fireplace