Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights returns this November!

The best place to visit during the holidays in Pittsburgh is Kennywood, without a doubt! America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park decks its halls (and rides) with nearly two million twinkling lights, highlighted by the tallest Christmas tree in the state of Pennsylvania. Enjoy holiday songs, see spectacular light shows, visit Santa, and more! Check back this fall for updated information on Kennywood’s Holiday Lights 2018!


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.

Check back later this year for an updated ride lineup for Holiday Lights 2018. Ride availability is weather permitting and subject to change without notice.



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.

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


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

Food selections subject to change. Check back later this year for information on Dinner with Santa and additional updates.