Hershey’s Sweet Lights opens for another Holiday Season

Ashlyn Weidman, Reporter

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It’s that time of the year again, where Hershey sets up nearly 600 light displays for holiday enjoyment. These displays comprise Hersheypark Sweet Lights, which opened on November 16 for its 15th year.

From November 16 through January 1, the Christmas attraction is open daily for locals and tourists alike. This year’s display features many different holiday themes including the Twelve Days of Christmas and a victorian village. The ride is approximately two miles long, taking visitors through a wooden trail located on 100 West Hersheypark Drive.

“I really love going to Sweet Lights every year because it’s a family tradition for me,” said HHS Sophomore Catie Reilly.

The attraction offers snacks and beverages at its entrance for visitors to enjoy on their drive and ticket prices vary from anywhere between $20.00 to $225.00, depending on car size and day of the week (weekends are likely to have the longest lines and crowds). To get the lowest price, fewer than eight people have to be in the car, and it has to be a week day.

A sign states at the entrance “For the Sweetest Sounds of Sweet Lights Please Tune Your Radio to 106.3.” The radio station provides a nice variety of holiday songs to accompany the light show during the drive.

Visitors have the option to use 3D glasses to see snowflakes in all the displays. The displays also include hidden reindeer, which allow interaction throughout the ride. It’s the details like this that keep people coming back yearly.

“I have made so many good memories over the past six years going to Sweet Lights,” said sophomore Keeley Farrell.

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane also opened on November 16, but for its 35th year. Candylane includes many holiday treats like a visit with Santa and his reindeer, some four million lights located around Hersheypark, and 45 amusement park rides.