Holiday Lights

Returning Winter 2019

Check back soon for information on Holiday Lights 2019.

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!

Download the 2018 Holiday Lights Brochure for more information.

Check back in fall 2019 for information on pricing for Holiday Lights.

Dinner With Santa

Santa has returned to the North Pole. Join us next year for a very special dinner with the big man himself!

2018 Holiday Lights Rides

   • 4-D Theater, showing The Polar Express 4-D Experience
   • Auto Race
   • Ghostwood Estate
   • Journey with Thomas (train ride)
   • Kangaroo
   • Merry-Go-Round
   • Noah’s Ark
   • Pirate
   • Thomas Town Attractions
   • Turtle
   • Up to 10 rides in Kiddieland

Ride availability is weather permitting, with snow, rain and cold temperatures potentially leading to temporary or nightly closures. Ride lineup subject to change without notice.


2018 Entertainment

Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Lagoon, near Pizza Warehouse
Time: 5:45 p.m.

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
Time: 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

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
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.

Sounds of the Holidays
Garden Stage

Kennywood is proud to present a variety of holiday performances by local choir, band and dance groups!

Nov. 23 - Dec. 8 Sounds of the Holidays Schedule Dec. 9 - 23 Sounds of the Holidays Schedule.

Doc Dixon's Holiday Lights Magic Show
Kennyville Stage
Time: 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

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
Kennyville Stage
Time: 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.

Join Kennywood’s one-of-a-kind mascot, Parker The Arrow, and a few of his friends from parks near and far in a fun-filled dancing and singing party featuring some of your favorite holiday songs!

Celebrity Readings of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Kennyville Stage
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Gather around each evening as a local Pittsburgh celebrity shares this classic Christmas story with the audience. Holiday Lights 2018 Reader Schedule


Pictures with Santa & Kenny
Racer platform

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 Train Display
Penny Arcade

The Pittsburgh Independent Hi-Railers set up one of Pittsburgh's best holiday train displays every year at Kennywood's Holiday Lights! Taking over the Penny Arcade, this railroad village feature pop culture nods, mini-sized Kennywood rides, and more! Don't miss it!

Letters to Santa and Cookie Decorating
Parkside Café

The Parkside Café is your stop for holiday fun! Stop by to write a letter to Santa, then decorate some holiday cookies to take home and leave for the Big Guy!

2018 Tasty Treats

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. For something a little more festive, stop by the Star Refreshment Stand near the Steelers Country work site for seasonal funnel cakes with hot apple topping or traditional Funnel Cake supreme offerings.

Star Refreshment Stand
Batter Dipped Oreos, Seasonal Funnel Cakes with Hot Apple or Supreme Toppings.

Beaver Tails (Located near Jack Rabbit)
Irresistably delicious, artisanal Canadian pastries!

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

Johnny Rockets
Hand-crafted burgers made with 100% fresh certified Angus Beef; Thick-cut applewood smoked bacon; Real Wisconsin cheddar cheese; Hand-spun shakes with premium ice cream

Pizza Warehouse (Located Near Kiddieland)
Serving up slices or whole pies, available in plain, pepperoni or our own white pizza

Snack-a-Saurus feat. Bean Sprouts
Yummy, good-for-you food for kids and grown-ups! Offering grilled cheese, turkey & avocado, or grilled chicken sandwiches. Plus, seasonal drinks to warm you up!

Pagoda (Located near Parkside Café)
Beignets served with powdered sugar; soft pretzels and churros, Locally-sourced kielbasa with mashed potatoes & sauerkraut; popcorn chicken with mashed potatoes, corn and gravy; Chicken & Waffles served with maple syrup and powdered sugar

Parkside Café
Bakery featuring freshly-made Gourmet Treats, Cookie Decorating Station. Plus a soup bar and hot drinks!

Kandy Kaleidoscope (Located Near the Tunnel)

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

Purchase a 2018 Souvenir Cup and get 99 cent refills on hot drinks! Hot drinks can be found in numerous locations throughout the park including the Parkside Café, Pagoda, Pizza Warehouse, Kiddieland, Kandy Kaleidoscope, Midway and Auntie Anne's. Fountain drinks are offered at The Potato Patch, Pagoda, Johnny Rockets and Pizza Warehouse.

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

Food selections subject to change.