Hersheypark® is a beautiful family playground all year round, but we love how it twinkles with 5 million Christmas lights over the holidays for Hersheypark® Christmas Candylane®! Enjoy a selection of family and thrill rides (7 coasters will be open weather permitting!), see your favorite Hershey’s characters all dressed up for the holidays, and say hello to Santa and his nine live reindeer.
Get a bird's eye view of the festive sights from the Hershey Triple TowerTM and the Kissing Tower® or catch a glimpse as you whiz by on sooperdooperLooper®! Be sure to grab a cup of hot cocoa as a warm treat.
Whether it’s a stop before or after Hersheypark or a special trip while you’re in town seeing the family, Hershey’s Chocolate World is bustling with sweet holiday fun! Take the free Chocolate Tour where you’ll learn about how The Hershey Company makes your favorite delectable delights. See, touch, hear, smell, and taste chocolate at the interactive tasting attraction: Hershey's Unwrapped.
Santa Claus makes a special seasonal appearance to jot down your Christmas wish list. He usually finds a place to sit in front of the annual Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House, a magnificent holiday exhibit decorated entirely with Hershey’s chocolate and confections! No nibbling the candy shingles, please!
Hershey Sweet Lights® is a holiday drive-thru spectacular featuring approximately 2 million LED lights. There are more than 600 massive, illuminated and animated displays like Santa and Rudolph riding a coaster, the toy factory at the North Pole, the 12 days of Christmas, a Victorian village, and more!
Hershey Sweet Lights brightens up two miles of wooded trails making this winter wonderland one you can enjoy from the comfort of the car! For a fully festive experience, climb aboard the old-fashioned Sweet Lights Trolley where the trolley conductors provide chocolate, caroling, and creative commentary!
We've heard that Santa shops in Hershey to find the sweetest deals for his enormous list! While you’re in town for the festive attractions, Tanger Outlets Hershey is your one-stop holiday shopping destination. Shop clothing, shoes, handbags, candles, toys, gadgets, and dozens of name-brand shops for everyone on your gift list.
Here are some more ideas from the small shops and locally-owned businesses around town:
An exciting holiday outing in Hershey wouldn't be complete without a chalice of Mad Elf at Tröegs Independent Brewing. This once-a-year creation is bursting with the Christmas flavor of ripened cherries, raw honey, and cocoa, plus notes of cinnamon, clove, and allspice. If you tried Mad Elf before, Mad Elf Grand Cru is the “director’s cut” with more cherry cheer! Also on tap is Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA, the last brew in their hop cycle that’s described as a storm of hoppy citrus and pine notes!
Hershey and the surrounding area are home to a few wineries who are eager to pour you a glass of cheer. As you might imagine, we love to combine chocolate and wine in Hershey The Sweetest Place on Earth®. Savor the Chocolate Port from Cassel Vineyards or the Cocoa Di Vezzetti at the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey - a rich chocolate port style merlot.
Merlot wine, sweetened, fortified with brandy, and infused with cocoa nibs! This is a rich chocolate port style wine that pairs perfectly with your favorite dessert!
A holiday dinner at The Hotel HersheySM or Hershey LodgeSM should start with a Hershey’s Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini made with vanilla vodka, chocolate vodka, and crème de cacao. For those that love the combination of sweet and salty, order up a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Martini, which blends peanut butter rum, chocolate vodka, and chocolate liqueur.