Hersheypark Announces 2021 Fall and Winter Season: Hersheypark in the Dark, Christmas Candylane and More!

Thursday, September 9, 2021
I'm always sad to see Summer go, but Hersheypark just released details for their 2021 seasonal events, including Hersheypark in the Dark and Christmas Candylane, so now we have something to look forward to! Read on for more details and some new surprises this season.

Disclosure: I was chosen to be a part of the Hershey Sweetest Families Panel, which means I am sometimes provided with passes to Hershey events, programs and activities in order to share them with you. The information in this post comes from the Hersheypark press release. Photos courtesy of Hersheypark.

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Hersheypark Seasonal Events

The fun doesn't have to end just because the Summer is over! Hersheypark just announced details for its popular seasonal experiences for its Hersheypark In The Dark Halloween attraction and Christmas Candylane event.  In 2021, both events celebrate key anniversaries of experiences guests can only find at Hersheypark - from 15 years of trick-or-treating through the Park to 25 years visiting reindeer during the holidays. 

And that's not all! Hersheypark also announced a new extended summer weekend open to the public Oct. 2nd and 3rd, with another bonus weekend for guests planned for November 5th-7th, 2021. These special weekends, plus Hersheypark In The Dark and Christmas Candylane, are part of a noteworthy year for Hersheypark, with more operating days than ever before, and 2021 tickets valid through January 2, 2022. You can view the full operating calendar here.  

photo via Hersheypark

Three Sweet Weekends for Hersheypark In The Dark 

There is no better place to celebrate Halloween than in Hershey with coasters and chocolate! Hersheypark In The Dark attraction will open for three weekends starting October 15th and running through October 31, 2021;  Fridays from 5-9 pm and weekends 2-9 pm. 

photo courtesy of Hersheypark

The 2021 seasonal event marks the 15th anniversary of Treatville trick-or-treat trail with candy stops inside Hersheypark for guests ages 12 and under. Coaster fans will enjoy the return of night rides on the Park’s roller coasters, with lights-out rides on five coasters including Candymonium hyper coaster in the new Hershey’s Chocolatetown region. 

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Other unique offerings include costumed Hershey Characters experiences, new fall foods throughout the Park, and Creatures Of The Night program at ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, which is the only time of year the Zoo is open after dark. 

Guests can buy online now and save - one-day admission to Hersheypark In The Dark is $54.95 plus tax for ages 9 to 61. Children 2 and younger are free. Current Season Pass Holders can enjoy unlimited visits to Hersheypark In The Dark as part of their year-long perks. 

photo via Hersheypark

Visitors can stay overnight at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark for the perfect fall getaway. All guests of The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge and Hersheypark Camping Resort resort properties receive FREE Resort Benefits including FREE front gate shuttle service to the all-new exclusive resort drop-off location, resort activities, and more. Overnight deals and packages are now available, including the Kids Treat FREE package. Visit www.Hersheypark.com/official-resorts for rates and additional information.

Spend the Holidays at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

One of our favorite times to visit Hersheypark is during the Christmas holiday season! Hersheypark Christmas Candylane holiday attraction will open to the public on select dates from Nov. 12, 2021, through Jan. 2, 2021 with daily operations starting December 3rd (closed Christmas Day); hours vary by day with event tickets available closer to the season.  

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2021 marks 25 years of Santa’s reindeer making a special stop at Hersheypark, as Christmas Candylane is the only place in the Northeast where guests can get an up-close look at all nine live reindeer, including Rudolph!

Christmas Candylane also features more than 5 million twinkling lights, including the dazzling NOEL light show with more than 250,000 dancing lights synchronized to Christmas music; a unique blend of thrilling coasters like Candymonium and family-friendly rides (weather permitting); an experience with Santa; TREEVILLE trail, a strolling holiday adventure experience in The Boardwalk region with more than a dozen uniquely decorated trees sharing stories of The Sweetest Place On Earth; signature hot chocolate and other sweet treats. 

photo courtesy of Hersheypark

NEW!! A Breakfast with Santa experience will also be offered December weekends at The Chocolatier Restaurant Bar + Patio with more details to come.

Hershey Sweet Lights attraction, a drive-through holiday spectacular with nearly 600 illuminated displays, will also be open, with hours and tickets available late September. 

Special holiday packages will be available at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark available for booking later this month, so guests can enjoy all the holiday season has to offer in The Sweetest Place On Earth. Visit Hersheypark.com/official-resorts for rates and additional information.

photo courtesy of Hersheypark

New Culinary Offerings

New fall and winter seasonal items are also planned for the latest culinary experiences in Hershey’s Chocolatetown - The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio, Milton’s Ice Cream Parlor and The Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen. 

The Chocolatier will mark its first fall season open daily with reservations now available online for dates after September 13th. The Chocolatier will also begin to offer new happy hour specials Monday through Thursday from 4-6 pm starting September 13th. Select hand crafted cocktails will be $8 with $2 off wine and draft beer with several appetizer options as part of a discounted menu available in the bar area and entire patio.

The Chocolatier, photo via Hersheypark

2022 Season Pass Offerings

Hersheypark also announced the launch of its 2022 Season Pass program, with unlimited fun all year long starting at 9 monthly payments of less than $16.  2022 Season Passes include unlimited visits throughout 2022, great discounts, exclusive events and sweet perks based on Pass type as detailed here:  Hersheypark.com/tickets/season-passes.php.

Building on the popularity of perk choices, guests have three options for their 2022 Season Passes: King Size, Full Size and Bite Size. 

Bite Size - A taste of Season Pass Holder perks with unlimited visits and  50% off parking.

Full Size - Packed full of our Season Pass Holder favorite perks including unlimited visits, FREE parking, discounts, and exclusive events.

King Size - Our sweetest Season Pass with the most perks! Includes FREE All-Year Drink Plan, 2 FREE Hersheypark tickets, and more!

Current Season Pass holders who renew for 2022 will receive a $20 voucher valid at The Chocolatier, Milton’s, The Sweeterie and Hersheypark Supply Co. to use in 2022. New Pass holders may purchase an option to add the rest of 2021 and enjoy unlimited visits to Hersheypark In the Dark and Christmas Candylane this year. Full details available at  Hersheypark.com/tickets/season-passes.php.

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