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Don’t let the holiday season come and go without heading to Kennywood’s Holiday Lights Event!  We’ll go over why this such a great event in this blog entry.

What is Holiday Lights at Kennywood?

Holiday Lights at Kennywood is the holiday season event at Kennywood.  Kennywood is a wonderful theme park in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  We tell you all about it in our Kennywood Travel Guide.

When is Holiday Lights at Kennywood?

Holiday Lights takes place at Kennywood on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from November 22nd through December 22nd.  Then, it takes place nightly from December 26th through December 30th.

Why is Holiday Lights at Kennywood So Great?

So what makes Holiday Lights so great?  It would have to be all the amazing holiday activities you can do and sights you can see.

Holiday Lights

Well, given the name, you had to figure there will be holiday lights, right?  And there are: almost 2 million holiday lights decorating the park, actually!  This will make visiting Kennywood a completely new experience from what you are used to during the summer!

Holiday Lights Show

You can watch these beautiful Christmas lights really come to life during the Holiday Lights Show.  Head to the area surrounding the Lagoon.  Then you can watch the lights twinkle to the tune of your favorite holiday songs!  This takes place every half hour starting at 5:30 PM with the last show at 8:30 PM.

And here’s a tip: try to watch this show more than once.  Because they actually choreographed 2 different versions of this show!

Sounds of the Holidays

And if you love holiday music, you’ll love Sounds of the Holidays!  Local choir groups and dance groups will perform at the Garden Stage.

Christmas Tree

If you love Christmas trees, you will love Holiday Lights at Kennywood!  Because at Holiday Lights, you can see the largest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania!  It stands at an impressive 90 feet tall.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

At 5:45 PM, you’ll be able to watch this amazing Christmas tree come to life with holiday lights during the Tree Lighting Ceremony!  You can get good views near Pizza Warehouse or elsewhere in Kennywood’s Lagoon area.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D

Do you love the beloved television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?  Then you will love the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D show!  It uses the same stop motion animation to tell the story.  And it does so in 4D!  This takes place every 15 to 20 minutes at the 4D Theater.

Pictures with Santa

Want to make a picture of yourself or your kids with Santa even better?  Then get a picture with Santa at Kennywood, where you can get the photo snapped at The Racer!  You’ll get to climb into a replica coaster car and have the roller coaster as your backdrop.  This will look great on your social media accounts!

Model Trains

One of the best holiday train displays in Pittsburgh would have to be the one at the Penny Arcade in Kennywood!  It is set up by the Pittsburgh Independent Hi-Railers.  It features mini-sized Kennywood rides, pop culture nods, and more.

Parker’s Dance Party

Parker (Kennywood’s beloved mascot!) and some of his best pals will be present at a great dance party at Kennywood stage.  It’s a great party with singing and dancing to some of your favorite holiday songs.

Celebrity Reading

Do you love ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas?  Then catch a local Pittsburgh celebrity reading their rendition of this beloved Christmas tale.

Doc Dixon’s Magic Show

Doc Dixon will be giving a holiday-themed magic show at the Kennyville Stage.  And you may be part of the act when he involves the audience!

Holiday Activities at Parkside Cafeteria

There’s a lot going on at Parkside Cafeteria during Holiday Lights.  You’ll be able to write a letter to Santa.  And you’ll be able to make holiday cookies to leave for Santa!


It wouldn’t be a trip to Kennywood without the rides, right?  Well, weather permitting, a number of rides will still be open:

  • Ghostwood Estate
  • Pirate
  • Paratrooper
  • Kangaroo
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • Auto Race
  • Journey with Thomas
  • Thomas Town Attractions
  • Up to 10 Kiddieland Rides

You can see some of these attractions in our Kennywood video:

Can I Save Money on Kennywood Holiday Lights Tickets?

Yes, you can!  We always keep you up to date on Kennywood coupons and money-saving deals!

By buying your ticket ahead of time here, you can save a lot of money on your tickets.