10 Things To Do in Hershey, PA This Christmas

Hershey Christmas Chocolate FactoryStay in a Hershey, Pennsylvania rental this Christmas (or settle down just outside Hershey in Bryn Mawr, Gettysburg, or Philadelphia vacation rentals) and absorb all the famously festive city has to offer. Whether it’s your sweet tooth or love of Christmas that brings you to Hershey, you won't hear anyone mutter “bah, humbug” in Chocolatetown.

1. Lose Yourself in Christmas Candylane

Even though it’s too cold to hop on a roller coaster or water ride in the winter, Hersheypark doesn't become old news at the end of fall. Instead it transforms into the adored Christmas Candylane, draped in two million sparkling lights and regularly visited by Santa and his seven real-life reindeer. Mid-November to January 1st, hot cocoa stands, traveling carolers, festive gift shops, and the Music Box Christmas Show help contribute to the charming North Pole feel of Hersheypark. If you prefer a more hands-on experience, amuse yourself with 30+ rides – hold on to your lunch on the Claw, enjoy a gleeful flight on the Wave Swinger, or be a kid again with your own kid on the Lady Bug.

2. Play and Learn at Hershey’s Chocolate World

Hershey's Chocolate World is a great time killer. Learn some skills from talented chocolatiers, slap on some 3-D glasses for the "Hershey’s Really Big 3-D Show," grab lunch at the Kit Kat “Gimme a Break” Café, indulge in dessert at Hershey’s Bake Shoppe (don’t hold back - you’re in Chocolate Town, USA, after all), craft your own sundae at Hershey’s Factory Works, and study up on “The Sweetest Place on Earth” aboard the Hershey Trolley!

3. Drive Through the Hershey Sweet Lights

If Pennsylvania’s winter weather is too harsh for you, keep warm inside your car, tune the radio to the park’s holiday station, and take a leisurely two-mile drive past 600 illuminating displays, worthy of any winter wonderland.

Hershey Christmas Zooamerica

4. Visit the Animals at ZooAmerica

Discover wildlife from the Florida Everglades, Rocky Mountains, and other North American ecosystems at ZooAmerica. The four-season zoo is a must-visit for anyone staying in Hershey for the first time. Gray wolves, roadrunners, mountain lions, black bears, treefrogs, and king snakes are just some of the animals you can expect to see and learn about at ZooAmerica.

5. Unwind at The Chocolate Spa

Relax in a Whipped Cocoa Bath, fall asleep to a chocolate-scented Swedish massage, or exfoliate with a Strawberry Parfait Scrub at Hershey’s premier spa! Whether you hope to experience a Cuban-inspired treatment, chocolate moisturizer, pre-natal therapy massage, or a classic spa experience, the Chocolate Spa’s multifaceted menu delivers. Meanwhile, spa goers can take Tai Chi lessons in the Mind and Body Studio, run on the treadmill in the Fitness Center, and contemplate life in the Quiet Room. In order to afford the Chocolate Spa’s often pricey services, stay in a Hershey rental home rather than the hotel the spa is located in.

6. Tour Hershey Gardens

While the butterflies aren’t out and the tulips aren’t in bloom, winter brings a whole new beauty to this kid-friendly botanical paradise. Evergreens, snowy owls, holly berries, rabbits, and strange branch structures make Hershey Gardens a great Christmas-time destination. November through January, take the Christmas Tree Walk and gaze up at a variety of patriotic trees, decorated with ornaments from all 50 states.

7. Catch a Hockey Game

Witness the Hershey Bears battle it out on the ice this holiday season! One of America’s favorite winter sports, ice hockey, is extra fun to watch in Hershey – after all, Santa is known to stop by the GIANT Center arena for a photo-op.

Hershey Bears Hockey

8. See a Show at the Hershey Theatre

In late November, catch “A Christmas Story” and in early December, treat yourself to the sounds of Mannheim Steamroller and the beloved musical comedy, “White Christmas.” If you’re only in town for the last few weeks of December, don’t miss out on the holiday standard “The Nutcracker,” which takes the stage December.

9. Ice Skate at the Hersheypark Arena

Glide or slide along the ice at the Hersheypark Arena. The Hershey Bears won a cup title here in 1997 but the arena’s no longer the home of Hershey’s admired team; it’s now an indoor playground for children and their parents as well as a romantic date place for dreamy-eyed couples.

10. Enjoy “A Holiday Dinner Musical”

Throughout December, take a glimpse into the hectic fun of “Christmas in Chocolate Town” with the help of entertaining actors and delicious food at the Hershey Lodge.

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