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Hersheypark Christmas Candylane
We had so much fun a few weeks back when we visited Hersheypark for Hersheypark in the Dark. We knew we wanted to make plans to go back and visit during the Christmas Candylane festivities as well. The weather has been unseasonably warm here in PA, so we planned to go last Saturday (the 12th), but that didn’t work out. The weathermen were predicting a pretty nasty weekend this past weekend, so we decided to go on Friday before the nastiness was to start. Friday was a beautiful, bright sunny day with temps up in the 60’s, so it was the perfect evening to visit the park. We didn’t even have to bundle up but were plenty warm in sweatshirts even after the sun went down.
We met Brian after work and got to the park around 5:30. It really wasn’t packed at all, so we were able to get a great parking spot and walk right into the park. There weren’t quite as many rides open as there were for Halloween, but the kids were excited to ride what they could. They rode Laff Track, Wild Mouse, the Pirate, the Claw, and the Carousel.
Miss Kiss was out and about greeting guests. Ian was happy to see her again. She’s just always so darn cute! I mean, just look at her warm mittens and adorable little shoes!
I was just amazed by all the lights and decorations! Just to think of all the work that goes into putting up all those lights makes me dizzy. They also do an amazing light display set to music. It was fun to watch – I only wish I would have thought to videotape it!
Hersheypark has a Chickie’s & Pete’s snack shop (or two). We’ve always wanted to try to Crab Fries at the beach, but have always decided against it because of the seagulls! This seemed the perfect opportunity to try them, and we all enjoyed them (even Ian who always complains about seasoned fries!) I don’t know what the “famous cheese sauce” was, but it sure was delicious. We’ll definitely be enjoying these fries again next time we visit the Park. (And, did I mention that they are getting a Chick-fil-A too?!)
We had such a great time at the Park – again! I love that there’s a place so close to home that we can go to have fun together as a family. If you live in PA (or a surrounding state) or you’re going to be in the area now through January 1st, be sure to check out Christmas Candylane. It’s open most evenings, with longer hours on the weekends.
Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is $19 for a one-day admission (ages 3+). Or you can opt for a 2-day ticket for $28 or a 3-day ticket for $34.
Hershey Sweet Lights
When we started getting a bit chilly at Hersheypark, we decided to head back to the van and check out the Sweet Lights. Now, I need to preface this part of my post with a funny Strawser family story . . .
My daughter Gracie, who is now 16, was potty training the last time we went to see the Sweet Lights. About halfway through the drive, she had to go potty, but there was nowhere to turn off or stop for a potty break. I grabbed a big drinking cup that we had in the van and tried to get her to pee in that, but it ended up running down my leg! We still joke about it a lot! So, we were all amused when we saw this sign during the Sweet Lights tour:
I have to say that I’m glad they added a potty stop along the way. Maybe I’m not the only parent who got a wet leg during the drive!
In any case, I’m quite certain this drive-through tour has expanded over the years because I don’t remember it being nearly this long the last time. The first part of the tour includes the larger light displays.
This was definitely our favorite part of the tour. I think the reindeer display was my favorite.
The second half of the tour goes up through a more wooded area and contains smaller light displays of snowmen, penguins, and all sorts of things. At the end of the tour, you’re greeted with a kiss!
Hershey Sweet Lights is $19.15 for a carload (up to 8 people) on Sunday-Thursday nights and $24.15 on Fridays and Saturdays.
***This post made possible by Hersheypark.***