Summer may be long gone, but that doesn't mean the season is over for Pennsylvania amusement parks. From the sweetest Christmas to a first-ever holiday foray, check out what's going on at Pennsylvania fun parks for the holiday season.
* For the preschool set, this holiday season Sesame Place in Langhorne presents "A Very Furry Christmas." The family-friendly celebration features three special Christmas shows and rides. There's also more than 300 Christmas trees and an illuminated Neighborhood Street Party Parade that features Elmo, Cookie Monster and Co.
*In Altoona, the historic Lakemont Park features "Holiday Lights on the Lake," a 51-acre display of dazzling lights and animation. The display is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the holiday season. The park also offers horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides and an extensive model train display.
* In Lancaster, the fairytale-themed Dutch Wonderland is open on weekends in December as well as every evening from Dec. 26 to 30. The festivities include holiday-themed rides and games as well as cookie decorating and Santa visits.
* Knoebles Amusement Resort in Elysburg is going into hibernation for the winter, but that doesn't mean the family-owned business is short on holiday cheer. The park is selling "Knoebles for Christmas" vouchers, which enables gift givers to give food, golf resort and ride certificates at a reduced price.
* At Hersheypark, it's time for the annual Christmas Candy Lane. That means 2 million twinkling lights, more than 30 rides, halls decked with holiday decorations, an overflow of hot chocolate and walking Hershey bars donned in Santa hats. There's also a Christmas show -- A Rockin' Music Box Christmas -- and breakfast and lunch with Santa. Don't miss Hershey Sweet Lights, which features 600 illuminated, animated displays through two miles of wooded trails.
* West Mifflin, Pa. is the home of Kennywood Amusement Park, which has been in operation for more than 100 years but has never opened for the holidays. Until now. The park's first holiday foray features "Holiday Lights," a one-of-a kind holiday themed light show. On weekends, the park will showcase choir groups singing Christmas carols, holiday-themed rides like The Gingerbread Express, a model train display and nearly 1 million lights displayed throughout the park. And fans of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," take note: According to Pittsburgh Magazine, memorabilia from the movie will also be on display courtesy of the Jimmy Stewart Museum.
Victoria Leigh Miller is a freelance writer and lifelong Pennsylvania resident.
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