Attention, Kennywood Season Passholders: If you have a Silver-level pass or higher, you get free admission to Holiday Lights on select nights!

Visit any Friday or Sunday during Holiday Lights, or the week of Dec. 26-30, free of charge!

All passes must be paid in full before first use. Bronze and other summer-only passes are not valid for Holiday Lights.

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Holiday Lights

2017 Holiday Lights!

Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at Kennywood!

See America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park transformed with close to two million dazzling lights. Enjoy songs of the holiday performed by local choirs. See the spectacular light show on the lagoon choreographed to your favorite holiday melodies. Visit Santa, ride the Gingerbread Express and more!


Holiday Lights Schedule

Pittsburgh’s premier holiday spectacular returns this winter!

Ho Ho Ho! Holiday Lights returns to turn Kennywood into Pittsburgh’s winter wonderland!

Be sure to bundle up and make plans to visit Kennywood’s Holiday Lights. Holiday Lights opens on Friday, November 24, with a special appearance by Pittsburgh Dad and fireworks capping the festivities.

Kennywood’s Holiday Lights operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 through December 23. Holiday Lights is also open Tuesday, December 26 through Saturday, December 30. Operating hours are 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Holiday Lights is weather-dependent, so in the event of severe weather, please check our web site or social media pages for possible cancellations.


Have a Season Pass*? You get free admission on select nights of Holiday Lights! Scroll down to the Tickets & Passes menu for dates and details!

*Summer-only Passes (such as Bronze, Senior Evening, and Summer Saver) are not eligible for free admission during Holiday Lights





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  • Entertainment & Activities
  • Rides
  • Food

Tickets and Passes


Single Holiday Lights Admission

Admission includes rides, entertainment & select activities. Some activities are available at an additional cost.

At the Gate: $18.99*
Children Ages 3 and Under: FREE

Holiday Lights Tickets are also available at participating Giant Eagle location for $16.99 (Starting Mid- November)

Purchase Online

Regular Admission (Ages 4+) – starting at $15.99**

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* Plus $1 Amusement Tax
** Plus processing fee and $1 Amusement Tax


Military Holiday Lights Admission

Service members can purchase discounted Holiday Lights tickets for only $10.99 – up to $8 off!
Please note, Holiday Lights military tickets are one price regardless of Guest’s Age.

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Service members can purchase discounted Holiday Lights tickets for only $10.99** – up to $8 off!

** Plus processing fee and $1 Amusement Tax


Season Passholder Nights

Have a 2017 or 2018 Season Pass? Good news! You get free admission on select nights of Holiday Lights! Season Passholders can visit free of charge on all Friday and Sunday operating dates, plus December 26-30.

Please note, summer-only passes (Bronze, Senior Evening, Summer Saver) are not eligible for free admission during Holiday Lights. Season Passes must be paid in full before first use.

Don’t have a Kennywood Season Pass? Get one today – they’re the perfect early Christmas present!

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** Plus processing fee and $1 Amusement Tax


The Holiday Lights Season Pass

Enjoy unlimited visits to Holiday Lights for $25**

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** Plus processing fee and $1 Amusement Tax


Coming with a group of 12 or more?

Group rates are only $16.00 each. Call our Group Sales Office at 412.464.9931 to make a reservation or purchase online*

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*Online purchase, subject to $9.99 processing fee


Dinner with Santa

Join us on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, & 23 for a very special dinner with Santa! Enjoy dinner from 3:30-4:30pm, followed by a visit with Santa
from 4pm to 4:45pm. After you’re done with pictures, the entire night of Holiday Lights is yours to enjoy with family and friends until 9pm!

Buffet menu: Pulled Pork BBQ, Chicken Tenders, Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, Cookies. Beverages include Hot Chocolate, Milk, and Iced Tea.

Adult: $29.99*
Children Age 4-12:  $23.99*
Children 3 and under: FREE

Season Passholder price
Adult: $18.00
Children Age 4-12: $15.00
Children 3 and under: FREE

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Please note, select Season Passes include free admission to Holiday Lights on Sundays: December 3, 10 & 17. Guests with valid season passes may choose the Season Passholder price option for those dates only. Summer-only passes, such as the Bronze, Summer Saver and Senior Evening, are not valid for Holiday Lights. Guests with a Holiday Lights Pass (check the Tickets & Passes tab on this page for details) may purchase the Season Passholder ticket for any Dinner with Santa date.

** Plus processing fee and $1 Amusement Tax


NEW for 2017: Express VIP Tour

Why wait in line? Purchase the Express VIP Tour which includes front of the line for the Polar Express 4-D theater and the
Gingerbread Express train ride.

Express VIP Tour: $8.00 (online only)

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Entertainment & Activities


Tree Lighting Ceremony

Location: The Lagoon, near Pizza Warehouse
Time: 5:45 pm
Kennywood is once again home to the largest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania! Gather near Pizza Warehouse or elsewhere in the park’s Lagoon area and watch as 90 feet of holiday goodness lights up the sky!


Kennywood Holiday Lights Show

Location: The Lagoon
Times: 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:00pm, 8:30 pm
The area surrounding the Lagoon comes to life with an amazing spectacle of lights choreographed to your favorite holiday songs. There are two alternating versions of the Kennywood Holiday Lights Show, so be sure to enjoy both performances! Each show lasts 10 minutes.


The Polar Express: A 4-D Experience

Location: Kennywood 4-D Theater
Showing continuously
Jump on board this immersive movie experience! This 15-minute movie, based on the classic children’s book and feature film of the same name, takes viewers on a trip to the North Pole, with 3-D visuals, vibrating seats, falling snow and more creating the feeling you’re actually riding the express yourself! The Polar Express movie is included with admission to Holiday Lights. The Polar Express is included with the price of admission for Kennywood. The Early Boarding Pass guarantees a seat for the show before Holiday Lights opens to the public.


Sounds of the Holidays

Location: Garden Stage (across from the Pagoda)
Kennywood is proud to present a variety of holiday performances by local choir and dance groups!


Doc Dixon’s Holiday Lights Magic Show

Location: Kennyville Stage
Times:  6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:30 pm
Prepare to be a part of the show as Doc Dixon gets the audience involved during this very special magic show full of holiday fun!


Parker’s Dance Party

Location: Kennyville Stage
Times: 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm
Back by popular demand! Join Kennywood’s own Parker and a few of his friends from parks near and far in a fun-filled dancing and singing party.


Celebrity Readings of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Location: Kennyville Stage
Time: 7:30 pm
Gather around each evening as a local Pittsburgh celebrity shares this classic Christmas story with the audience.


Letters to Santa and Holiday Gifts

The Penny Arcade is your stop for holiday fun! Stop by to write a letter to Santa, or browse our unique holiday vendors to find the perfect gift.


Pictures with Santa & Kenny

Stop by the Racer for one of the most unique pictures with Santa you’ll ever experience! The stunning architecture of this one-of-a-kind coaster creates the perfect setting for a picture. Pile your family in our replica coaster car and smile for the camera!


Model Trains, Letters to Santa and Holiday Gifts

The Penny Arcade is your stop for holiday fun! New for 2017, The Pittsburgh Independent Hi-Railers relocate their model train display from the Parkside Café to a roomier location in the arcade, which will make for a bigger and better railroad village! After eyeing the engines and entertainment, stop to write a letter to Santa, and browse our unique holiday vendors to find the perfect gift.


Pictures with Santa & Kenny

Stop by the Racer for one of the most unique pictures with Santa you’ll ever experience! The stunning architecture of this one-of-a-kind coaster creates the perfect setting for a picture. Pile your family in our replica coaster car and smile for the camera!


Dinner with Santa

Join us on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, & 23 for a very special dinner with Santa! Enjoy dinner from 3:30-4:30pm, followed by a visit with Santa from 4 pm to 4:45pm. After you’re done with pictures, the entire night of Holiday Lights is yours to enjoy with family and friends until 9pm!

Buffet menu: Pulled Pork BBQ, Chicken Tenders, Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, Cookies. Beverages include Hot Chocolate, Milk, and Iced Tea.

Adult: $29.99*
Children Age 4-12:  $23.99*
Children 3 and under: FREE

Season Passholder price
Adult: $18.00
Children Age 4-12: $15.00
Children 3 and under: FREE

BUY NOW

Please note, select Season Passes include free admission to Holiday Lights on Sundays: December 3, 10 & 17. Guests with valid season passes may choose the Season Passholder price option for those dates only. Summer-only passes, such as the Bronze, Summer Saver and Senior Evening, are not valid for Holiday Lights. Guests with a Holiday Lights Pass (check the Tickets & Passes tab on this page for details) may purchase the Season Passholder ticket for any Dinner with Santa date.

** Plus processing fee and $1 Amusement Tax


Rides


Enjoy several rides during Holiday Lights including:

   • 4-D Theater, showing The Polar Express 4-D Experience
   • Auto Race
   • Gingerbread Express (Our special holiday version of the Olde Kennywood Railroad)
   • Ghostwood Estate
   • Kangaroo
   • Merry-Go-Round
   • Noah’s Ark
   • Paratrooper
   • Pirate
   • Up to 10 rides in Kiddieland

     Ride availability is weather permitting. Ride lineup subject to change without notice.


 


Food

Food Selections Subject to Change.

If the winter weather puts you in the mood for a warm treat, we have plenty to offer! Try our hot chocolate or hot apple cider to warm things up. Both are available at many of our refreshment stands. Kennywood’s famous Potato Patch fries are available at the original location near the Kennyville Stage and at the Star refreshment stand near the Log Jammer Entrance. For something a little more festive, fresh kettle corn can be found near the Aero 360 and delicious s’mores funnel cakes at the Star refreshment stand.

Star 
Batter Dipped Oreos, S’mores Funnel Cake, Cinnamon Funnel Cakes with Hot Apple Topping.

Midway (Located near Jack Rabbit)
Philly Beef Sandwich, Chicken Strips & Fries, Hot Dogs & Corn Dogs, Cotton Candy

Johnny Rockets
Burgers, Fries and Shakes

Pizza Warehouse (Located Near Kiddieland)
Plain and Pepperoni Pizzas, Pepperoni Rolls

Snack-a-Saurus feat. Bean Sprouts
Hip and health-conscious food items for kids and adults, plus seasonal drinks to warm you up!

Pagoda (Located near Kiddieland)
Seasonal flavored Ice-cream, Holiday themed Belgium Waffle

Parkside Café
Bakery featuring freshly made Gourmet Treats, Cookie Decorating Station

Doc Popcorn 
Seasonal flavored Popcorn

Kandy Kaleidoscope (Located Near the Tunnel)

The Original Potato Patch® (Located near the Thunderbolt & Kennyville Stage) 


Purchase a 2017 Souvenir Cup and get 99 cent refills on hot drinks!

If you’re looking for specific food items, please stop by the Service Center located behind Noah’s Ark.                


Dinner with Santa

Join us on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, & 23 for a very special dinner with Santa! Enjoy dinner from 3:30-4:30pm, followed by a visit with Santa from 4 pm to 4:45pm. After you’re done with pictures, the entire night of Holiday Lights is yours to enjoy with family and friends until 9pm!

Buffet menu: Pulled Pork BBQ, Chicken Tenders, Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, Cookies. Beverages include Hot Chocolate, Milk, and Iced Tea.

Adult: $29.99*
Children Age 4-12:  $23.99*
Children 3 and under: FREE

Season Passholder price
Adult: $18.00
Children Age 4-12: $15.00
Children 3 and under: FREE

BUY NOW

Please note, select Season Passes include free admission to Holiday Lights on Sundays: December 3, 10 & 17. Guests with valid season passes may choose the Season Passholder price option for those dates only. Summer-only passes, such as the Bronze, Summer Saver and Senior Evening, are not valid for Holiday Lights. Guests with a Holiday Lights Pass (check the Tickets & Passes tab on this page for details) may purchase the Season Passholder ticket for any Dinner with Santa date.

** Plus processing fee and $1 Amusement Tax


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