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Holidays In Hershey ~ The Top 5 Reasons To Visit The Sweetest Place On Earth During The Holidays #SweetWelcome #HersheyPA

by Susan Pazera


This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit Hersheypark and the Attractions, Entertainment, and Resorts that are part of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. As part of the Sweet Welcome media event, I was able to experience many of the things that Hershey Entertainment & Resorts has to offer during the holiday season. I have visited the Hershey area during both the winter and summer months. Although it’s a destination that has plenty to enjoy no matter what the season, there is something extra magical about visiting during the holidays. You can’t help but be filled with the spirit of the season while here. It’s truly a place that covers you in a blanket of warm cozy Christmas cheer.

I’m planning on returning once more this holiday season and will be making a trip to Hershey a new family tradition each year going forward; that’s how much I loved it! Here are my top five reasons why you should make a visit to Hershey, PA part of your holiday travel plans:

1.  Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is a festive, fun-filled, jingle bell rockin’ good time! Noel, the beautiful holiday light show that takes place in the Hollow in Hersheypark,  is spectacular. This “must-see” show features over 200,000 twinkling lights that dance to holiday tunes. There are four renditions of the show, (which runs every half hour starting at 5 pm each evening) each with different music. If you can catch more than one show, you’ll see and hear different synchronized lights and music. At Santa’s Stables you can visit with real live reindeer. Yes…I said real live reindeer. And then you can visit with the jolly man himself at Santa’s Candy Cottage. There’s an ice skating rink, storytime with one of Santa’s elves, and a delightful stage show called A Music Box Christmas: The Littlest Tree.

As if that wasn’t enough, there are over 40 rides operating at Hershey Christmas Candylane including their newest indoor coaster Laff Trakk. The Attraction definitely lives up to it’s name; my friend Kelly from thecentsiblelife.com  could not stop laughing while riding and spinning along the tracks!

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2.  Hershey Sweet Lights

Jump in the car with the whole family and drive through a wooded trail sparkling with nearly 600 animated light displays! The Sweet Lights are spread out over 2 miles. The holidays in Hershey are sure to delight the even the grumpiest of Scrooges!


3.  A Chocolate Avenue Christmas: Christmas Dinner Theatre at Hershey Lodge

A Chocolate Avenue Christmas: Christmas Dinner Theatre at Hershey Lodge is a wonderful way to celebrate holidays in Hershey! The Cast members from the show serenade each table with classic Christmas Carols before their performance bringing back the old fashioned feel of Christmas! A delicious three-course meal is served then you’re treated to a Broadway-style song & dance show that beautifully demonstrates why “Christmas Is The Best Time Of The Year”! The Cast Members are so talented, and the show is heart-warming and funny. You’ll leave the Theatre humming the holiday tunes and full of joyful spirit!


4. Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast With Santa is offered at Hershey Lodge, The Hotel Hershey, Hersheypark, and at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Children (and adults too because who doesn’t like bacon & Santa?! ) can enjoy meeting Santa, singing songs, storytime, cookie decorating, and “ho ho whole” lot of fun during the holidays in Hershey!


5.  Hershey Lodge

During my visit, I stayed at the Hershey Lodge. The Lodge is the perfect place for a holiday getaway; the minute you walk in the lobby doors you are enveloped in the warmth of the Lodge’s charming atmosphere. The holiday decor along with the stone and wood architecture of the Lodge makes it feel as if you’ve stepped right into one of the Christmas Cottages from a Dept. 56 display! There are roaring fireplaces ( yes…plural ..fireplaces…you can never be too cozy!) and a huge sleigh as well as a large Christmas tree and garlands of lights  adorning stairway railings. The Hershey Lodge is just bursting with holiday happiness!

As you can see there is so much to do at the holidays in Hershey. Be sure to plan your visit as soon as possible. Make this holiday season one of your “sweetest” yet! I will be posting more about my Sweet Welcome experience in the coming week. I can’t wait to share all of the fantastic things Hershey Entertainment & Resorts has to offer!

Disclosure: **I was provided with complimentary accommodations, meals, and activities to facilitate this review. All opinions are honest and my own.**

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Shannon Peterson December 21, 2015 - 9:19 pm

we are so far away from PA, but I used to love going to Hershey in middle school so I’d love to go back!

tianna December 17, 2015 - 11:35 am

wow the lights look so amazing! thanks for sharing this 🙂

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Jenna Kochenauer December 17, 2015 - 11:05 am

I’ve been thinking about a summer trip to Hershey… but now I’m thinking Christmas might be better!

Susan Pazera December 18, 2015 - 10:12 pm

Summer is wonderful too!!

Sarah @ 2paws Designs December 16, 2015 - 9:50 pm

I haven’t been to Hershey since I was a kid! I’ve had a trip with my kids on a future “to do” list. Now thinking we’ll need to make it a holiday visit. Looks so fun. #typeaparent

Susan Williams December 16, 2015 - 8:55 pm

I have a group of girlfriends from the VA area who visit Hershey Park every year, and every year, I have Hershey Envy. Your post, and your pictures and videos make it more clear than ever why they keep going back, year after year!
I hope, someday, to say that I’ve visited Hershey Park, too!

Destiny December 16, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Wow, I feel like I need to go to Hershey at the holidays now. Thanks!

Beth @ TheAngelForever December 16, 2015 - 11:05 am

So gorgeous with all of the lights. One of my goals in 2016 is to get back to Hershey with the boys because it has been WAY too long.

Angie Scheie December 11, 2015 - 1:26 am

Perfect destination for the holidays! I’m all about light displays, and Hershey’s seems to have them in abundance!

CourtneyLynne December 10, 2015 - 10:44 pm

Omg! I don’t know why I never thought of going to Hershey during Christmas! We always go during the summer and have the best time!

MyTeenGuide December 10, 2015 - 10:10 pm

I have never been there, but I would love to go one day.

Nicole Escat December 10, 2015 - 10:09 pm

I’ve never been there, but I want to visit there one day. I’m so in love with this place.

Lexie Lane December 10, 2015 - 10:08 pm

This is really beautiful place, I’m sure my family would love to go there this coming holiday.

Criz December 10, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Those photos awesome! Great capture with the lights, the place looks magical! I wanna be here and experience the Chocolate Avenue Christmas and breakfast with Santa..;)

Liz Mays December 10, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Oooo,you must have been with my pal, Laura! What a cool thing to do and the way those lights look over the water is fabulous!

Susan Pazera December 11, 2015 - 7:05 am

I was with Laura! Love her, she is such a sweetie!

Shaylee @ Data Nerds December 10, 2015 - 2:13 pm

This is so beautiful and looks like so much fun! And any theme park made in the spirit of Chocolate is okay with me! haha

Chanelle December 10, 2015 - 1:18 pm

I love seeing Christmas lights. This looks like a great place to visit.

michelle December 10, 2015 - 11:42 am

I really want to visit the Hershey theme park and judging by this post it looks like Christmas time is a great time to visit. I can’t wait to get a picture with the hershey kiss

Jessica Harlow December 10, 2015 - 9:52 am

This looks like an incredible Christmas destination! Their light show is very impressive and would definitely get me in the spirit!

rika December 10, 2015 - 1:16 am

wow.. looks so beautiful. I can’t wait to visit this Hershey’s park! I think my kids will love it

Wood Arts Universe December 10, 2015 - 12:27 am

Seems like a fun place.. this is on my bucket list 🙂

Elizabeth O. December 10, 2015 - 12:25 am

I have never been here and it would be awesome to spend a few days just enjoying all the things that they can offer! Everything is so lovely!

Heather December 9, 2015 - 11:05 pm

This would be so fun to visit. My husband is a big chocolate fan and he’d love visit Hershey.

Mardene Carr December 9, 2015 - 10:46 pm

I never knew about this place. This seems to be a fabulous place to take your kids or grand kids especially at Christmas time

Claudette December 9, 2015 - 10:33 pm

That looks like so much fun! Love the lights!

Rachel Mouton December 9, 2015 - 8:13 pm

This looks delicious and beautiful. Visiting Hershey is definitely on my bucket list <3

Ana De- Jesus December 9, 2015 - 6:50 pm

I would love to go to Hershey world one day that would be so much fun and I am a huge fan of their chocolate.

tara pittman December 9, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Looks like a fun place. Now I want some chocolate.

Susan Pazera December 9, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Yes….me too! It smells so delicious there!!

Denise Gabbard December 9, 2015 - 6:24 pm

Grew up in northeast Ohio and STILL never made it to Hershey. I had no idea the place was so cool…and those lights are gorgeous.

Claire December 9, 2015 - 3:56 pm

Wow your photos are amazing 🙂 so festive. I wish that there was something similar in the UK x

Susan Pazera December 9, 2015 - 7:13 pm

Thanks Claire!

Robin Rue (@massholemommy) December 9, 2015 - 3:51 pm

We were there over the summer and my kids keep asking when we are going back. I would love to go at Christmas time.

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