Kennywood Holiday Lights Brighten Up The Night!


Kennywood, in West Mifflin PA, is offering “More Nights, More Lights, and More Fun” this holiday season! The 2nd annual Holiday Lights event features over one million lights, festive foods, activities for children, and of course, Santa Claus. After the success of last years inaugural Holiday Lights, Kennywood decided to expand this years event. In addition to being open more nights, they also expanded the park area to include the Kennyville Stage and the original Potato Patch! That means one more extra month to stuff your face full of patch fried goodness!

The Gingerbread Express (old Kennywood railroad) and Ghostwood Estates are open with a new “holiday theme” for 2012. Paratrooper, Merry-Go-Round, Kangaroo, Auto Race, and nine Kiddie land rides are also open.

We took a ride on re-themed Ghostwood Estates, which featured a very unique holiday experience.

Lord Kenneth Ghostwood has been replaced with a new holiday pre-show!

Skeletons, Lights, and Christmas cheer are all part of the eclectic theme!

The Paratrooper looks extra special swirling with holiday spirit!

Children can enjoy a live petting zoo, indoor train display, cookie decorating, letters to Santa,  memorabilia from it’s a wonderful life, and take pictures with some of their favorite kennywood mascots including Kenny the Kangaroo! One of the coolest experiences this year is pictures with Santa on deck at the famed “Racer” roller coaster station.

Guests Lorraine & Jason getting a photo-op with Parker the arrow!

The Racer’s new look!

Kennywood’s Holiday Light show is a magical, synchronized light experience surrounding the lagoon. The show starts at 5:30pm and plays every 30 minutes with two different versions of the show. Be sure to catch both versions of this show, they are both exceptionally exciting!

Experience a live action ice carving spectacular by Rich Bubin.

Enjoy live performances, story telling with Mrs. Claus, dancing, and singing nightly on the Kennyville Stage!

Kennywood offers some of the best park food at the fairest pricing of all amusement parks. Besides Potato Patch Fries and the classic offerings, you can enjoy seasonal favorites such as kettle corn, hot chocolate, apple cider, s’mores, and hot apple dumplings! A souvenir mug can be purchased for $6.99 and includes free refills on hot drinks all evening long!

This is a great event for the whole family; kids decorate cookies in a winter wonderland.

There’s still lots of days remaining to enjoy this amazing event! Kennywood’s Holiday Lights is open from 5:00pm – 9:00 pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night in December plus Dec. 26 and 27. Admission is $14.99 (plus $1 amusement tax). Coupons for $2.00 off are available at participating Giant Eagle locations. Children under 2 are free. New this year is the “Holiday Pass”. For $24.99 (plus $1 amusement tax) grants admission for the entire Holiday Lights season!

We caught up with Kennywood’s Jeff Filicko for an overview on what new experiences can be expected at Holiday Lights 2012.

Kennywood is located just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. For directions and more information,including tickets visit Kennywood’s official website!

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Check out all of our photos below from Kennywood’s 2nd annual Holiday Lights: (flash needed)