2023 Holiday Events Near Hershey PA

Updated October 2023

It is not too early to plan your end-of-the-year getaway to the Hershey area. There are so many things going on during this time of year that we wanted to share the holiday events near Hershey, PA! It is just what you need to get into the season’s celebratory spirit!

What evokes the holidays to you? Is it parades? Or thousands of twinkling lights, shopping, or special concerts? They are back this year! So reserve your holiday escape now!

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

Dates: November 10 – January 1, 2024
Location: 100 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, PA

We cannot talk about Hershey during the holidays without describing this sweet celebration — Hersheypark Christmas Candyland. The park is decked out with more than five million lights! The special show NOEL has lights synchronized to your favorite carols and a boardwalk of decorated trees. 

Weather permitting, the coasters and other rides will operate per usual; you may see Santa and his reindeer! There is a two-mile drive-through display of animated lights that you can enjoy. Presale tickets will be available in early November.

Harrisburg Holiday Parade

Date and Time: November 18, starting at 10 am
Location: Front and 2nd Streets, from Market to North

Who doesn’t love a parade? The Harrisburg Holiday Parade has giant balloons, decorated floats, marching bands, characters, and, of course, Santa Claus. After the parade, head over to Strawberry Square to meet the man himself, sip hot chocolate, and munch on cookies.

Christmas Tree Exhibition 

Dates: November 24 – January 1, 2024
Location: Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road, Hershey, PA

The Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory will have almost a dozen stunning decorated Christmas trees at the Christmas Tree Exhibition. Each tree is designed by a different local professional florist with varying themes and styles. The centerpiece will be a 14-foot poinsettia tree, perfect for a photo-op! The Butterfly Atrium and Welcome Pavilion will also have holiday decorations, along with the Garden Cottage area, which is adorned with ornaments made by local students.

Menorah Lightings

Dates: December 7-14
Location: Penn Square, Lancaster, PA

Downtown Lancaster has nightly Menorah Lightings sponsored by the Jewish Community Alliance. Along with the lighting of the Menorah, come and see the lighting of the Christmas tree, Santa visiting the neighborhoods, and, on December 1, Tuba Christmas!

Concerts And Theater

Dates, times, and locations vary.
Check each event’s specific information for details.

There are so many choices when it comes to holiday concerts and shows at the Hershey Harrisburg Theater. All the favorites are here, including Trans Siberian Orchestra, State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Pentatonix, and Girl Named Tom- One More Christmas. Advance tickets are a must.

The Hershey Area Playhouse will perform “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” bringing classic characters like Snoopy and Charlie Brown to life, December 7 – 10. In Lancaster, witness the original Christmas story, The Miracle of Christmas, as it plays through the end of the year. Our Christmas Dinner, a comedic Christmas musical, also plays on the stage in Bird-in-Hand through December. With so much to choose from, it is hard to decide which to see!

Craft Shows

Dates, times, and locations vary.
Check each event’s specific information for details.

Now is the best time of year to search for the perfect holiday gift in one of the many craft shows in the area. You will find one happening almost every weekend between now and the end of the year.

You may be looking for one-of-a-kind ornaments or unique decorations; events like the Hershey Arts and Crafts Show or the PA Christmas and Gift Show are a fun way to spend an afternoon. 

As you can see, you will need several days to experience all the holiday events near Hershey, PA! Plan your stay now so you won’t be disappointed! The Sweetest Place on Earth is even more special during the holidays. If you need help planning your getaway, give us a call. We are always happy to help with suggestions and reservations.

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