Holiday Lights 2018

Kennywood invites the community to gather, celebrate and give back at Holiday Lights

Annual holiday spectacular opens Nov. 23 with two opportunities to donate

WEST MIFFLIN, PA – The jingle bells are already ringing at coffee shops and retail stores. It won’t be long until Kennywood reopens its gates for the return of Holiday Lights!

The eighth season of Kennywood’s Holiday Lights spectacular begins on Friday, November 23 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through December 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Holiday Lights will also be open nightly December 26 through 30. See Kennywood's daily calendar

Visitors will experience Thomas Town during the holidays for the first time, with the Number One Blue Engine himself returning to the rails to escort riders through our winter wonderland. And, while builders bustle to get Steelers Country and the record-setting Steel Curtain roller coaster ready for next summer, construction-themed light displays will dot the fences around the work site. See the latest on Steelers Country

During this year’s season of giving, the Kennywood team invites our community to share its love and support through two opportunities when they visit the park: bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots, or make a donation to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Our Victims of Terror Fund for the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue attack.

“Our hearts are with the victims and loved ones impacted by last month’s awful tragedy,” says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “Kennywood has been a gathering place for people of all faiths, communities and backgrounds for 120 years. The holidays are a special time to bring our community together to celebrate our traditions and to give back to as many as we can.”

It wouldn’t be a true Kennywood Holiday Lights without the brilliancy of nearly 2 million bulbs around the park, led by Pennsylvania’s tallest Christmas tree (90 feet, plus a 10-foot tree-topping ornament). Other holiday highlights, by the numbers:

   • $6 – The discount guests can receive by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate to our local Toys for Tots drive. Available on up to 4 tickets per toy from Nov. 23 – Dec. 9.
   • 0 – The number of incandescent light bulbs used in park displays. After a multi-year transition, Kennywood now solely uses LED lights for its displays.
   • 12 miles – The length in extension cords connecting and powering lights around the park, a distance that could connect Kennywood to Heinz Field.
   • 50 – The number of live pine trees donated by the Indiana County Tree Growers Association.
   • 2 hours, 15 minutes – The run time of It’s a Wonderful Life, the Christmas classic playing continuously inside the Penny Arcade as part of a display loaned by the Jimmy Stewart Museum. For a more immersive holiday movie, head to the 4-D Theater to watch The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience. The 15-minute movie is included with admission to Holiday Lights.
   • 291’ long, 45” wide - The size of the Pittsburgh Independent Hi-Railers model train display, located in the Penny Arcade.

Tickets for Holiday Lights can be purchased online, with prices starting at $16.99. Children three years of age and younger are free. Parking is also free. To see a full list of activities, including schedules, discounts and more, visit the Holiday Lights page.