Living in Central Pennsylvania has its benefits. At the top of the list: We’re close to Hershey! We visit the attractions in this SWEET town regularly and one of our most favorite Christmas traditions is the Sweet Lights. This is a spectacular light display that you drive through, which I love because you get to enjoy the awesome scene from the warmth and comfort of your own vehicle.
We loaded up the kids this past weekend and drove to Hershey to check out this year’s display. It started to rain on our way there but it wasn’t a total downpour and the lights were still all lit up and looking great! There’s a local radio station you can tune in to to listen to Christmas music while you drive through, too. And don’t forget to bring some Christmas cookies to munch on while you enjoy the show!
Probably my favorite part of the display is the 12 Days of Christmas! Can you see the partridge in a pear tree to the right of the 12 Days sign? They have all 12 days represented! Very cool to see those 9 ladies dancing! (Keep in mind we took these pictures from our moving car in the rain, so they’re not perfect but you get the idea. It’s an awesome display!)
My kids thought this display of all of Santa’s reindeer was pretty cool, too! There’s a little sign when you enter the drive that says ‘Where’s Rudolph?’ So if you want to play along you can count all the Rudolphs that you see along the way. There are a bunch and my daughter had fun looking for them.
After you get through the first circle of lights where the 12 Days are and a few other fun Santa-themed displays you go up the hill to enter the Enchanted Forest! This is a really cool part of the ride where you can see all your favorite fairy tale characters in lights (Rapunzel in her tower is a big hit with my kids!), there’s a Victorian Village display with a bunch of classic Christmas scenes, and toward the end of the path is one of my favorite parts: light displays designed by local students! We love to look at what the young kids come up with each year. They are really neat – some talented young people around Hershey, PA!
And here’s the cute little Hershey Kiss that sees you off when you’re all done! Can you see the raindrops on my windshield? We were happy that we could still enjoy the lights so well even in the rain. Really, it’s quite an awesome display and the kids absolutely love it.
So when are the Sweet Lights open? You can visit any night through the end of December. Hours begin at 5pm and end between 9pm and 11pm depending on the night. Check the calendar above to see what times the display closes each night.
Prices to get in are a little cheaper during the week: $20 per car Sunday through Thursday. You’ll pay $25 per car on Fridays and Saturdays. Theses are prices for passenger cars that seat up to 8 people (so that’s as little as $2.50 per person on a weeknight!). Prices are higher for vehicles that seat more people, and there are some discounts available if you can show your tickets to Hersheypark Christmas Candyland or if you’re a Resort customer. There are also passes available if you plan to make multiple visits! You can find all the pricing information right here.
Our family loves the Hershey Sweet Lights and we look forward to going every year. It’s such a fun family tradition, and such a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush. If you’re within driving distance of Hershey go check it out this year! I’m sure your family will enjoy it as much as mine does.
I was provided with a complimentary pass to Hershey Sweet Lights for the purpose of this review. The opinions in this post are 100% mine. You can read my full disclosure policy here.