Hersheypark Christmas Candylane Tips and Review

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is a celebration of the season with holiday activities throughout the park. I have visited this event many times and am sharing our review and tips for Hersheypark Christmas Candylane.

hersheypark entrance for christmas candylane

We returned from a quick overnight in Hershey to experience Hersheypark Christmas Candylane and again I thought it was great!

Wildcat’s Revenge, the parks newest roller coaster, had festive lights on the track. There are decorations throughout the park and special holiday treats and food.

So What is Hersheypark Christmas Candylane?

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is the holiday event at Hersheypark. It features holiday décor and special events through Hersheypark and the resorts. It also includes holiday activities at Hershey Chocolate World and Hershey’s Sweet Lights.

Read on for everything you need to know when visiting Hersheypark during the holidays.

What Is There to Do at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane?

There are rides, shows, character meet and greets, and specialty dining options during the Christmas Candylane event.

Most of the roller coasters and kiddie rides are open during the event making this a great event for all ages.

Visiting Hersheypark is fun any time of the year but Christmas at Hersheypark gets us all in the holiday spirit! It is a fun family activity to do during the Christmas season.

At Hershey’s Chocolate World they have a large chocolate house decorated for the holidays as well as character encounters like the Grinch and holiday food and beverages.

Hersheypark offer seasonal activities for guests to enjoy, more on that below. Both are within walking distance to each other and have lots of holiday fun!!

Hershey Sweet Lights is a drive-thru lights attraction located close to the park.

noel holiday lights at hersheypark christmas candylane
Noel holiday light show can’t be missed.

Hersheypark’s Christmas Candylane Dates 2023

Hersheypark Christmas Candyland runs on select dates through November and December. There are things to do at Hersheypark, Hershey’s Chocolate World, and a drive-through attraction called Hershey SweetLights.

Hersheypark is open most weekends November through December. They are closed on Christmas Day. Weekday hours are usually 5:00pm-9:00pm and weekend hours are 12:00pm-9:00pm.

  • November 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th
  • December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th-24th, 26th-31st
  • January 1, 2024

If this is your first time visiting consider doing the rides during the day and seeing the holiday show in the evening when the light displays are on.

map of hersheypark christmas candylane

How much does Hersheypark cost at Christmas?

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane tickets range from $52.99 and you can find discounted tickets on their website. They run a 12 Days of Christmas pre-sale through 11/12 that offers tickets as low as $29.99 a person.

Things to Do at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

So what is there to do at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane?

Along with the holiday events some rides and attractions are also open, weather permitting. Not every ride is open during the holiday events but enough are to make it a fun trip.

Some of our favorite rides are Laff Trakk which gets a holiday light overlay. Cocoa Cruiser, Jolly Rancher Remix, Wild Mouse, Wildcat’s Revenge, and Candymonium are typically open during the event.

There are over 45 rides and attractions open to guests of all ages. Expect water rides to be closed. Check here for open attractions or download the Hersheypark app for the most up-to-date information.

inside laff trakk at hersheypark for christmas

There are also seasonal attractions that are special for the holiday season. They are:

  • Noel Light Show-A choreographed light show synchronized to classic holiday tunes and popular Christmas music. (My favorite!!)
  • Guests can walk around the park and experience over 5 million lights.
  • Favorite Hershey Characters dressed up in holiday outfits to meet.
  • Visit Santa Claus and Santa’s Reindeer Stables-All 9 live reindeer including Rudolph
  • Explore Hershey Chocolatetown and the Kisses Fountain decorated for the season.
  • Kissmiss Tree Display and see the Kisses Fountain decked out for the holidays
  • TREEville at the Boardwalk- A festive tree trail telling the story of The Sweetest Place on Earth (Starts December 1st)
  • Mrs. Claus Holiday Dance party
  • Hershey Sweet Lights (This is offered as an add-on to your ticket. It is not at Hershepark.)
  • Breakfast with Santa. Weekend November 24-December 24. Reservations required.
  • Hot chocolate and seasonal treats.
Hersheypark Christmas Candylane guide
Hersheypark Christmas Candylane celebrates the holiday season.

Hersheypark Sweet Lights

Hersheypark Sweet Lights is a drive thru light attraction through 2 miles of holiday displays. This is located close to Hersheypark but not at Hersheypark.

Hershey Sweet Lights is a ticketed attraction separate from your admission to Hersheypark Candylane. Guests can purchase tickets as a bundle here.

If you don’t want to drive the tour you can purchase tickets for the trolley tour that starts at Hersheys Chocolate World. Learn more here.

hershey sweet lights
We have done the drive-through and the trolley tour. The trolley tour is nice because everyone can focus on the lights during the tour, and not worry about driving.

Where to Stay for Christmas at Hersheypark

If you want to feel immersed in the Hershey world you can stay on-site Hershey resort options. We have stayed at all three of the resorts during different visits and each offers a unique stay for families.

I have reviews on each Hershey resort to help you decide the best one for your family: Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, and Hershey Campgrounds.

The resorts typically have activities during the holidays like letters to Santa and character meet and greets.

holiday activity at Hershey Campgrounds

Hershey Chocolate World During Christmas

Hershey Chocolate World is located at the same parking complex as Hersheypark. It is a very large store with bake shops, a free factory tour, and paid activities to enjoy.

During the holidays they have specialty treats as well as photos with Santa and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus.

Guests can also view the Hershey’s Holiday shop decorated with candy. It is free to walk around Hershey Chocolate World and is worth including in your visit.

hershey chocolate world house
Hershey Chocolate World

Is Hersheypark Christmas Worth It

Yes! A visit to Hersheypark at Christmas time is worth it. They decorated the park beautifully and it is an awesome event.

You also will find less crowds than a summer visit and will have shorter wait time for the rides.

christmas candylane hershey sweet lights

Weekend Itinerary for Holidays at Hersheypark

I like to share how we plan our visit to make it easy to plan your visit. This is an itinerary we planned for a visit to Hersheypark during the holidays.

Day 1: Hersheypark Christmas Candylane Special Events

We left our home in Rochester around 12 after the kids morning activities, and started our drive to Hershey. The 4 hour drive had us arriving at dinner time.

We surprised the kids with this visit, and had lunches packed in the car and ready to go. The drive takes you through some really pretty parts of Pennsylvania.

We have driven it so many times!  If you need to stop for snacks or bathroom breaks I suggest stopping at a Sheetz.

They are clean, have a gas station, and many snack options. It’s also a half way point for us and a good time for a stretch.

We arrived around dusk, checked into our hotel and started our way to the park.

Our plan was to explore Hershey Chocolate World and then we had tickets for Hershey Sweet Light on the trolley. The trolley takes you through a guided tour of miles of holiday lights.  

You can drive this yourself but we opted for the tickets so we could relax and enjoy the lights. It is spectacular!!

They sing songs and the lights are incredible. We all loved it and you receive a sweet treat during your ride!!

After visiting Hershey Chocolate World and the trolley tour we made our way to experience Hersheypark at Christmas.

One of the things I really love is you can enter the park the day before your actual purchase tickets. Guests can enter the park 2.5 hours before closing!!

We had tickets for Sunday but were able to enter the park at 7:30 on Saturday night.  This was a really cool perk and all I had to do was show our Sunday tickets.

Always check the website for times and to confirm but this “preview night” is typical.

Saturday night we watched Noel Light Show and visited Santa Clause and his reindeer. We also went on a few rides.

reindeer at christmas candylane

Not all Hersheypark attractions are open.  Please check the website.  A lot are open and we were not lacking for things to do.  Our favorites were:

  • Laff Trakk (Indoor Dark Rollercoaster decorated with lights for the season. This also had the longest line.  If you want to ride it arrive early or at the end of the night. (42 inches to ride)
  • Kissing Tower-A tower that lifts up and rotates.  Gorgeous views of the town and park.
  • Reese’s Cupfusion
  • Monorail-This takes you around the park and it was a nice way to see everything from a different view. It is a great attraction to rest your feet and see the lights from above.

The park has a really cute way of checking height.  They are set up by candy character.  So you could be a Kiss or a Reese or a Twizzler.  My kids were Kisses (36′-42), Resses (42′-48), and Hershey (48′-54′).  

Outside the park there are places to check their height by standing next to a statue of the character. Learn more in this article about Hersheypark ride height.

We stayed until 10:00pm close at the park. It was so beautiful walking around and seeing the lights all over the park.

Remember to dress for the season. We wore hats, gloves, and winter coats.  When the sun goes down the temperature will drop!

We were having so much fun that we went back in to Hershey Chocolate World and took a few rides on the Factory Tour. At around 10:45pm we left the park!! It was a packed day but we had so much fun!!

Day 2: Hersheypark

Sunday morning we ate breakfast at the hotel.  It was typical bagels, cereal, yogurt, and a few hot choices.  My kids love hotel breakfast so they were very happy.  I love coffee…so I was happy too!!

Then we packed up, checked out and were first in line to enter the park!! I always arrive early when visiting theme parks to stay ahead of the crowds.

On Sunday we spent the day riding attractions. Most of the holiday activities are in the evening so we used this time to ride attractions.

If you only have one day you may want to do rides first and then start exploring all the Christmas activities at the park.

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is a great place to celebrate the holidays and enjoy time together as a family. We really enjoyed this holiday event in Hershey, PA.

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