Hersheypark Camping Resort is a great place to unwind after a busy day at the parks. The lodge gave us space to stretch and rest and I loved having a full kitchen to wake up to every morning.We stayed at the campgrounds in the winter and I learned that Hersheypark camping resort is a great place to stay any time of the year.
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What’s Inside: Learn about what to expect when you stay at Hersheypark Camping Resort as well as what to do during the Christmas season at Hersheypark.
When you think of winter and Christmas, camping may not be the first thing that comes to mind. I was skeptical of camping in December until we arrived at Hersheypark Camping Resort during our holiday mini road trip. Christmas at Hersheypark Camping Resort is a fun way to cozy up with the family and enjoy the holiday events at Hersheypark.
We love visiting Hersheypark and their special events are great. We get to enjoy the parks and spend time together as a family. We visited about a month ago for Hersheypark in the Dark. You can read more about our visit here. On this visit we planned on experiencing Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, Sweet Lights, and we had reservations at the Hersheypark Camping Resort.
I am not really a camper but I was excited and open to the idea of staying at the Hersheypark campgrounds and I was excited to experience a little Christmas at Hersheypark.
Hersheypark Camping Resort Details
Hersheypark has three different lodging options. The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, and the Hersheypark Camping Resort. Each resort has it’s own unique qualities and Hersheypark Camping Resort was great. Our visit to Hersheypark was part of our countdown to Christmas this year. The kids knew that morning that we would be visiting Hersheypark but they were so surprised when they saw where we were staying.
We had reservations for a 2 Bedroom Deluxe cabin. The cabin comes equipped with heat and water, as well as a kitchen with microwave and coffee maker. When visiting the Hersheypark Camping Resort you need to remember a few things from home.
Things to Bring for Your Stay at Hersheypark Camping Resort
- Bed Sheets and Comforters
- Paper Towel Rolls
- Hand Soap
- Dish Soap
- Toilet Paper
- Coffee and Filters
We stayed for one night and it was really nice to have our own sheets and blankets for the night. It was cozy and a little home away from home. I found the easiest way to pack was to use large plastic totes. It made for easy storage in the car and easy to bring into the cabin.
The kids loved staying at the cabin. I think we forget sometimes that they need unscheduled time. I often try to keep them busy because 3 kids in a hotel room can get a little crazy. At Hersheypark Camping Resort this wasn’t an issue. They had so much fun playing in the cabin and in their own room. They also went outside to run around and explore. It was a well needed break after our road trip.
During the summer months Hersheypark Camping Resort has daily activities. In the winter the activities are limited but they did have a letter to Santa station for the kids. We wrote our letters and picked up our response the next day. They also had Christmas packets to color. I purchased crayons from the on-site store.
After we checked in we were ready to visit Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. The camping resort offers a shuttle to and from the park that runs about every 30 minutes. We drove because we were going to see Sweet Lights after our visit to the park.
Hersheypark Christmas Candylane
Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is a special event at Hersheypark on select dates from November 10-January 1. There is something special about the park bright with lights and Christmas music playing. Christmas at Hersheypark is a great way to celebrate the holidays with your family.
During Hersheypark Christmas Candylane there are a few special events you and your family can enjoy. They are:
- Noel-This is a Christmas light show set to music.
- A Music Box Christmas: The Enchanted Journey
- Visit with Santa
- Santa’s Reindeer Stable
- Rudolph’s Skating Pond (Fee)
- Cookie Workshop (Fee)
One of my favorite activities is to watch Noel. I love the holiday lights and Christmas music and it gets me in the holiday spirit. This year we splurged on a King Size Milkshake to enjoy and it was so tasty!! Yum!!
Things to Know During Your Visit:
- Plan your visit ahead of time and look at the map to see where the special events are located.
- Expect the parks to be busy. We were surprised by how crowded the parks were and with limited rides open it made for some long lines.
- Take advantage of early entry the night before your ticket. If you are visiting the park on Saturday you can enter the park on Friday 2.5 hours before park close. This is really helpful to avoid long wait times for rides.
- Using your early entry: Visit the holiday attractions the night before and start the next day riding the rides.
Hersheypark Sweet Lights
Hersheypark Sweet Lights is a drive-thru light display located about 2 miles from Hersheypark. You have two options for the tour: Purchase tickets and drive as a self-guided tour or purchase a trolley tour through Hershey Chocolate World. We did the Trolley tour a few years back. You can read about it here. This year we did the self-guided tour.
I really enjoyed the self-guided tour because the kids had a great view of all the decorations and we had fun singing and talking about our favorite Christmas display. Sweet Lights opens at 5:00pm and I recommend arriving during the first hour. As we were leaving the line to enter was very long. A late night visit would also work for short wait times.
After our Sweet Lights tour it was back to Hersheypark Camping Resort for some relaxing family time. We all appreciated the feeling of home and being able to spread out a little at the cabin. It was all the comforts of home.
The next day the kids were up exploring the yard and finding rocks, while my husband and I packed up. We also stopped by the playground and picked up our letters from Santa. He wrote back and his letters were waiting for us at the registration office.
Our last stop was at Hershey Chocolate World to ride the factory tour and watch the 4D show. We have a family tradition of riding the Hershey Factory Tour every visit to Hershey, PA. Hershey Chocolate World is located adjacent to Hersheypark and is a great place to include in your visit. Arrive early because it gets busy. Read more about our visit to Hershey Chocolate World.
Camping at Hersheypark Camping Resort and celebrating Christmas at Hersheypark was a huge success. It was a fun and exciting way to welcome in the holidays season and I loved spending some quality time with the family.
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My family received complimentary event tickets and a media rate for our visit. Thank you Hersheypark!!