Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story for the holidays!

Among the lengthy laundry lists of holiday preparations to be done, it’s important to make time for family fun.

With a bunch of activities at The Hershey Story Museum and visits with Santa at Hershey Gardens, it’s easy to find something fun to do with the kid at Hershey this season.

The Hershey Story Museum is offering a Little Elves Workshop during select days this November and December. Kids have the opportunity to journey through “Little Elves Workshop.” Participants use chocolate clay, icing and ribbon to fashion an ornament. Children can also test out some  vintage toys at Little Elves Workshop, and the whole family can pose in front of a snowy Hershey scene for a holiday photo opportunity; $5 per ornament; adults may accompany children at no charge.

Little Elves Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Nov. 18, 19, 24-26, Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 26-31, 2017; and Jan. 1, 2018.

On the December Saturdays leading up to Christmas, the Hershey Story Museum will host Snowball Saturdays. Kids will have the opportunity to participate in indoor ‘snowball’ battles. Children also can visit with Coco of Hershey Bears hockey fame and a snowman, and hear stories about wintertime fun. This free will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9 and 16.


Also at The Hershey Story Museum, families can celebrate the New Year throughout the day  with Hershey’s New Years Eve Countdown. Kids can make some noise with the Hershey product characters and “bubble-wrap stomps,” on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m., 1.p.m. and 3 p.m. Activities take place on the patio (weather permitting). Free; admission to the Museum Experience not required.

Holiday-themed Chocolate Lab classes are being held Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2018. It’s a 45-minute class where participants learn about chocolate and then make their own treat. Visit for a daily class schedule; ticket purchase required; children must be at least four years old to enter the lab. Class themes are as follows:

  • Candy Cane Bark  (Layer milk and white chocolate with chunks of peppermint candy to create your own candy cane bark), Chocolate Reindeer  (Use white and milk chocolate and toppings to create an edible reindeer), Create a Kris Kringle  (Mold a vintage chocolate Santa to take home), and Make a Very Merry Bar ( Mold and customize a milk chocolate bar using holiday decorations);
  • Exclusively on Snowball Saturdays (Dec. 2, 9 and 16): Let it Snow Chocolate (Create an edible winter scene using chocolate and snow flake candy sprinkles),  Marshmallow Mischief  (Dunk giant marshmallows in melted chocolate, then roll in holiday toppings. Finish by packaging your custom marshmallow treat in a holiday package to take home.)



The Pantry Café at The Hershey Story Museum will be hosting Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on December 2, 9, 16 and 23. They will also be offering additional breakfast specials.      

Visit with Santa while enjoying live music in the Welcome Pavilion in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory at Hershey Gardens. Each child will receive a small garden gift. Included in admission. This will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday 2,9 and 16.

Also at Hershey Gardens, enjoy a Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Children will also be able to make a holiday a craft. Included in admission. This event will be held from 1- 3 p.m. on Sundays, December 3, 10 and 17.


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