(PCM) The magic of the holidays comes to life this time of year and what better place to spend it with your family and friends than Christmas in Hershey. There are many new additions and old favorites in the destination known as the Sweetest Place on Earth – Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Hersheypark’s Christmas Candylane has long been a major holiday tradition that has been expanding to nearly double in size. An additional two million lights have been added to the festive environment for a staggering total of four million sparking lights across Hersheypark. The park is open on select dates through Dec. 31.
Enjoying hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate chips, taking in the breathtaking NOEL light shows, and going on riding on the carousel and four roller coasters, certainly sounds like a dream come true for the entire family. The coasters are the: Wildcat, sooperdooperLooper, Cocoa Cruiser and Laff Trakk will be open during Candylane hours, weather permitting.
But the one attraction that has everyone turning their heads and getting everyone in the holiday spirit – young and old – are the nine live reindeer ready to greet their adoring public. Many of the children look up some facts and figures on reindeers before coming to the park and pepper the zoo naturalist with a diverse array of questions. Since he will have already made his annual ride giving out gifts, Santa will not be with his reindeer after Christmas.
“The Candylane Twilight Express drives through the light display, which is a sight to behold. All of this is quite magical and really puts you in the holiday spirit,” said Kathy Burrows, Hersheypark’s public relations manger. “This is a great place to make memories, and to take holiday pictures of the light displays of the 12 Days of Christmas,” she said. This includes a synchronized light show complete with upbeat Christmas carols reflected by the water along Spring Creek, which flows through the park.
There is a lot to do at Hershey for the day this time of year. ZooAmerica is open until 4:30 p.m., and Hersheypark’s Candylane is open longer hours. There is Rudolph’s skating Pond, where you can rent skates for $3 a pair, and a new show in the Music Box Theater called “The Littlest Tree,” about Carl the Elf and his tree Douglas the Fir. Hershey Chocolate World, which is adjacent to Candylane and decorated in holiday splendor, has longer hours and an opportunity to see a house made entirely of chocolate. Every inch is covered in Hershey’s confectionery products. The tour ride is free, and there are additional paid attractions, including make your own candy bar.
Check out Hersheypark’s Candylane on select dates through Thursday, December 31.
Regular admission is $18.85 plus tax, and includes admission to ZooAmerica. For hours and dates visit: www.Hersheypark.com.