Hersheypark Christmas Candylane and Hershey Sweet Lights Open Nov. 12

Celebrate the Holidays in Hershey With Lights, Rides, Reindeer and More

November 12, 2021

(Hershey, Pa. – November 12, 2021) – The holiday season kicks off in Hershey, Pa., tonight with the opening of Hersheypark Christmas Candylane holiday attraction and Hershey Sweet Lights presented by T-Mobile drive-through attraction. 

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is open on select dates from Nov. 12, 2021, through Jan. 2, 2022, with daily operations starting Dec. 3, 2021 (closed Christmas Day); hours vary by day. The merriest event of the year in The Sweetest Place On Earth features millions of lights; family-friendly and thrilling rides, weather permitting; limited-edition sweet treats; Santa and 25 years of his reindeer making a special stop at Hersheypark; and more. For more information, visit

Five Million Lights

More than five million lights deck the halls of Hersheypark during Christmas Candylane. The guest-favorite NOEL light show choreographed to joyful music returns for another year, and new festive light shows will appear on the iconic Kisses Fountain, Candymonium hypercoaster, and the Ferris Wheel highlighting our iconic pinwheel.

Unique Ride Experiences

Weather permitting, a unique blend of family-friendly rides and thrilling coasters are open for Christmas Candylane, including the newest coaster, Candymonium, as well as sooperdooperLooper, Wild Mouse, Wildcat and Cocoa Cruiser coasters. Guests can also take a spin on the indoor glowing Laff Trakk coaster, which is decorated for the holidays with a large Christmas tree in the center. Plus, two guest-favorite rides for the holiday season celebrate significant anniversaries in 2021 - Skyview turns 55 and Dry Gulch Railroad turns 60. Both rides have delighted generations of guests by providing spectacular views of the holiday lights.

25 Years of Reindeer 

Christmas Candylane also marks 25 years of Rudolph and his friends making a special stop at Hersheypark, the only place in the Northeast featuring this magical experience. Guests can get an up-close look at all nine live reindeer in Santa’s Reindeer Stables from Nov. 19, 2021, through Jan. 2, 2022. Santa is also available for socially distanced photos under the former Carrousel Pavilion all operating days from Nov. 12 through Dec. 24, 2021. 

Holiday Entertainment

Starting Dec. 3, 2021, guests can experience TREEville trail, a strolling holiday adventure experience in The Boardwalk At Hersheypark region with more than a dozen uniquely decorated trees sharing stories of The Sweetest Place On Earth. Other entertainment offerings at Christmas Candylane include Hershey Character Meet and Greets outside the Chevrolet Music Box Theatre venue and photo opportunities at the Kissmas Tree display.

Sweet Treats and Savory Eats

Signature hot chocolate is available for purchase during Christmas Candylane in all-day souvenir mugs. Other limited-time sweet treats like Toasted Marshmallow and Frozen Hot Chocolate King Size Shakes will offer a unique taste of the holidays starting Nov. 26, 2021. For the first time, guests can enjoy winter-inspired food offerings at The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio; Milton’s Ice Cream Parlor; and The Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen in Hershey’s Chocolatetown region in December.

Holiday Savings

Guests can save 40 percent when they purchase tickets online by Nov. 21, 2021; tickets are $44.95 with the sale and valid through Jan. 2, 2022. 2021 Season Pass Holders enjoy unlimited visits to Christmas Candylane as part of their year-long perks and guests purchasing 2022 Passes can add the rest of 2021 with unlimited visits for a great low price based on tier. For tickets and more information, visit

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is also included with admission to Christmas Candylane only by accessing the zoo through the Hersheypark bridge during posted park hours; hours vary. Separate paid admission is available at the ZooAmerica off-street entrance.  The holiday season is a great time to visit ZooAmerica as many of the North American animals in the outdoor habitats are more active when the temperature drops. For tickets and more information, visit

Hershey Sweet Lights Presented By T-Mobile

Hershey Sweet Lights presented by T-Mobile drive-through attraction in Hershey, Pa., kicks off Nov. 12-15, 2021, and then is open nightly from Nov. 19, 2021, through Jan. 2, 2022; hours vary. The separate admission experience right outside of Hersheypark features two miles of fields and wooded trails decorated with nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays created from about 2 million LED lights. Guests can enjoy the lights from the comfort of their cars while listening to holiday music when they tune into Warm 103.3. Many of the displays follow unique themes like The 12 Days of Christmas, Fairy Tales, a Victorian Village and Hersheypark rides. 

 Admission for a single car with up to 8 people ranges from $22.15 to $33.15 (varies by day) when purchased in advance online before 5 p.m. on the day of visit. On-site pricing without a pre-purchased ticket is $39.15 plus tax. A van (seats 9-15 people) is $44.15. For tickets and more information, visit

Holiday Getaways

Visitors looking to extend their stay can book the perfect holiday getaway at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark. Guests staying midweek Sunday-Thursday can save big on a 2-night stay with the Book One Night, Get One 50% Off offer by using code: SAVE50.

All guests of The Hotel Hershey luxury accommodation, Hershey Lodge resort or Hersheypark Camping Resort receive FREE Resort Benefits, including extra hours at Hersheypark with Preview Plan, free front-gate shuttle service to the all-new exclusive resort drop-off location, and more. For rates and more information, visit

Around Town

Other attractions around town including The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa, MeltSpa by Hershey day spa, The Hershey Story Museum on Chocolate Avenue, Hershey Gardens and Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction will also offer special holiday events and promotions. For more information on things to do in Hershey, Pa., visit

To explore the safety enhancements at Hersheypark, visit

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