Hershey’s Candylane exciting many ; “Sweetest Place on Earth” providing Christmas cheer

Meghan Kalck, SSC Editor

 There are many places that are open this year to go and see lights but, all the way up in Hershey, PA, Hersheypark has a whole parkfull of lights and some rides are open to enjoy.

     Hershey’s Chocolate World is also open for some holiday cheer, they have many assortments of festive candies such as “Grichmas” Hershey kisses and all sorts of different advent calendars.

     There are a lot of other things that you are able to do at Chocolate World as well such as the “Chocolate Tour” or maybe building your own candy bar (the candy bar experience does cost money).

     As one walks into the park the entrance is decorated with wreaths and lights and many stores are selling ornaments, hats, and many warm clothes.

     According to hersheypark.com there are over “5 million Christmas lights,” throughout the park and also there are “visits from Santa and his nine reindeer,” available in the park.

     Even though the weather is cold out in December, a good amount of the Hersheypark rides are open such as Candymonium, Hershey’s triple tower, Laff Track, Sooper Dooper Looper, Wildcat, Wild Mouse, and more.

     Along with all the rides and lights all of the arcades and a majority of the games outside are open for playing to win prizes both big and small. 

     There are also many food stands open as well along with Hershey’s hot chocolate stands where you can get different types of chocolates in your drinks such as Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups and regular Hershey’s chocolate. One stand that you can go to is named “Simply Chocolate,” located right outside of the skyview.]

     On top of going into the actual park you can, for an additional fee, you can drive through “600 illuminated and animated displays,” said on hersheypark.com. 

     You are able to drive through 2 miles of wooded trails and enjoy the light displays, if you order your tickets by 5 P.M. on the day of your visit you can save money.

     There are not just light displays on the inside of the park, but all around the entrance and the outside of Chocolate World as well. There are also trams/buses that help with transportation. 

     The Boardwalk at Hersheypark is also all decked out, with Hershey’s TREEville, according to hersheypark.com “We’ve decked The Boardwalk with a festive trail of more than a dozen trees that share the stories of The Sweetest Place On Earth.”


A section of lights that the train and Hersheypark cuts through as it rides along. There are many more sections like this throughout the park. Picture credit: Meghan Kalck