‘Tis the Season to Celebrate: Holiday Lights returns to Kennywood | News, Sports, Jobs

READY TO CELEBRATE — Kennywood Park is preparing for its annual celebration of Holiday Lights.
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WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — With three months to go until Santa makes his annual flight, crews at Kennywood are already busy preparing the park for Holiday Lights. The popular holiday spectacular returns this winter, bigger and brighter for its 10th anniversary season. Holiday Lights begins on Nov. 20 and will add 24 days to the 2021 season and longer nights under the lights to celebrate than ever before.

The holiday season starts at Kennywood with a special preview night just for passholders on Nov. 19. The holiday extravaganza continues every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Christmas Eve, plus nightly Dec. 26 through Jan. 2. In addition to the expanded calendar, the park will be open an extra hour most nights to deliver even more holiday cheer.

“We can’t wait to welcome our valued passholders and guests back this winter to enjoy everything Holiday Lights has to offer,” says Mark Pauls, general manager. “In addition to seeing the park transformed into a winter wonderland, guests can also anticipate all-new experiences and a delicious seasonal menu, for a one-of-a-kind event you can only experience at Kennywood.”

To keep warm on a cold Pittsburgh night, hungry guests can visit the Parkside Cafe and enjoy a traditional holiday feast, plus indulge in a specialty hot chocolate. The park’s culinary team is developing new food offerings guaranteed to get even the biggest scrooge in the holiday spirit.

The crown jewel of the event is the park’s spectacular light displays, which feature more than 1 million lights and the tallest Christmas tree in the state of Pennsylvania. Plus, fan-favorite activities like Dinner with Santa, light shows around the lagoon and musical performances return to provide festive fun — and a visit to Kennywood isn’t complete without rides. Thomas Town, Kiddieland and other family-friendly attractions will be available for pint-sized thrills.

The best way to celebrate all of Kennywood’s seasons is with a 2022 season pass. In addition to unlimited visits in 2022, gold and platinum passholders receive free admission to this year’s Phantom Fall Fest and Holiday Lights events. For information about Kennywood, Holiday Lights and 2022 season passes, visit

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