Holiday Lights Begins At Kennywood
The holiday season is officially in full-swing and Kennywood is opening its gates for the annual Holiday Lights event. In its eighth season, Holiday Lights spectacular kicks off Friday, November 23 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through December 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Then, from December 26 through December 30, Holiday Lights will be open nightly.For the first time ever, visitors will be able to experience Thomas Town during the holidays. Thomas himself returns to the rails to escort riders through a winter wonderland!
As anticipation builds for the opening of the record-setting Steel Curtain roller coaster, guests will notice construction-themed light displays dotting the fences around the work site. The new coaster vehicle was revealed this past week in Orlando, and we were on hand to check it out! Watch the video below as we walk around the newest roller coaster car. (The number 33 represents the year the Pittsburgh Steelers were founded, 1933).
During this year’s season of giving, the Kennywood team invites the 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.”
This evening, we had the opportunity to preview this year’s Holiday Lights. Nearly 2 million bulbs shine brightly around the park, led by Pennsylvania’s tallest Christmas tree (its measures in at 90 feet, plus a 10-foot tree-topping ornament). Check out some more pictures from the preview below!
In addition to the brilliant display of lights guests can also enjoy It’s a Wonderful Life playing continuously inside the Penny Arcade as well as The Polar Express 4-D Experience running in the 4-D theater. Also on display in the Penny Arcade is the Pittsburgh Independent Hi-Railers model train display.
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