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Best Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Hershey PA

Updated for 2021 – This holiday season, escape the stress and mundane and let your heart be light! Fill your vacation itinerary with some jolly and bright events and activities. Here are the best ways to celebrate the holidays in Hershey, PA! We recommend them all!

 

Holiday lights

HERSHEY HOLIDAY EVENTS

Our sweet town is even sweeter during this special time of year. Book your stay during one of these can’t-miss events for the most merry getaway ever!

HOLIDAY PARADE – “Merry and Bright”

Join us at the Inn at Westwynd Farm and visit the City of Harrisburg for the annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 22 at 10am! The theme for this year’s parade is “Merry and Bright.” The event features marching bands, decorated floats, dance groups, step and drill team units, giant parade balloons, community groups, Santa and more. Awards are given to marching bands, dance/step/drill teams and Best in Theme.

  • Date & Time: Nov. 22, 2021 at 10am (start of Parade)
  • Location: City Island – Second Avenue at Market Street – Harrisburg, PA 17101
  • Admission: Free

HOLIDAY RIDES & COASTERS AT HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE TOWN

Enjoy holiday thrills on your favorite rides and coasters including the all-new Candymonium, Sidewinder  Wild Mouse, Wildcat, and Cocoa Cruiser.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

  • More than 5 million twinkling lights deck the halls of Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. Join our guests’ favorite show, NOEL, which features over 250,000 lights twinkling and blinking to classic holiday jingles.
  • Hershey Sweet Lights – A winter wonderland awaits at Hershey Sweet Lights! Enjoy nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays from the comfort of your car as you drive through 2 miles of wooded trails. Now – Jan. 1, 2022

HOLIDAY TREES

Kissmas Tree Display

Stop by the Kissmas Tree display at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. Enjoy seeing the iconic Kisses Fountain decked out in its holiday best, or taking festive photos with your favorite Hershey Characters.

The Christmas Tree Showcase

Each tree will be exquisitely decorated by a different local florist and will feature a variety of tree decorating styles and themes, while a stunning 14-foot poinsettia tree takes center stage.

  • Date: November 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
  • Time: 9am – 5pm

HERSHEY GARDENS

Located just 6 minutes away from the Inn at Westwynd Farm is this magical place. Experience all things merry and bright at the festive showcase of holiday trees in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory.

 

Man and woman bundled up in winter gear shop for Christmas presents in a well-decorated, bright shopping center

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Check holiday shopping off your list at the all-new Hersheypark Supply Co. and HP Collections shops.

  • Hershey Chocolate Holiday Shopping Shop this world-renowned chocolate attraction.
  • Buy tasty stocking stuffers from Beef Jerky Experience.
  • Peruse distinctive gifts from Crossroads Antique Mall.
  • Discover unique toys for the kid who has everything from Toys on the Square.
  • Browse three floors of candles, jewelry, Christmas decor, and more at the
  • 15,000-square-foot Rhoads Hallmark & Gift Shop.
  • Enjoy one-stop shopping at the Tanger Outlets Hershey for clothing, shoes, handbags,
  • candles, toys, name-brand shops, Starbucks and much more.

HERSHEYPARK CHRISTMAS CANDYLANE

The best and biggest festive event of the year features holiday rides, millions of lights, a visit from Santa, and so much more! Check back in early November for details on their Christmas Candylane pre-sale** Tickets!

  • Dates: Nov. 12, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022

HERSHEY TROLLEY WORKS

Hop aboard the cozy express and enjoy Christmas carols, stories, and fun views as you ride around Chocolate World.

  • Dates: Now – Jan. 1, 2022

 

 

Holiday cookies and candles

Happy and sad drama masks

QUEEN ESTHER

Set in the lavish yet dangerous Persian Empire Is – Queen Esther a captivating tale of beauty and bravery. Esther’s life forever changed when she was escorted through the King’s palace doors. With a newly placed crown on her head but a secret in her heart, will she find the courage to trust in God? Witness one of the most captivating Bible stories brought to life on stage in Lancaster, PA.

  • Location: Sight & Sound Theatres, 300 Hartman Bridge Rd., Ronks, PA 17572
  • Dates: Through December 23, 2021

 

THE CHRISTMAS TREE SHIP

A ship, a storm, and a heroic Christmas tale. This new, heart-warming musical is based on the true story of Herman Schuenemann, also known as Captain Santa, who goes down with his ship on a storm in Lake Michigan – leaving behind a widow, their daughters, the family shipping business, and Herman’s mission to give away thousands of Christmas trees to those in need in Chicago. Can she accomplish these seemingly overwhelming tasks? This inspiring tale reminds us of the importance of kindness and the joy of Christmas.

  • Dates: October 28, 2021 – January 1, 2022
  • Show Times & Ticket Prices
  • Location: Bird-in-Hand Stage, 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
  • Phone: (717) 768-1568

Now that your itinerary is full of holiday cheer, book your stay at the Inn at Westwynd Farm and look forward to a festive winter escape!

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