Pittsburgh’s Kennywood Park at Christmas

Kennywood Park is a nice old-timey amusement park located right outside of Pittsburgh. This is our “local” park – it still takes us around 2 hours to get there, but at one time we were season passholders.

I absolutely love Kennywood. We’ve been for the regular season, during Halloween (Phantom Fright Nights), and last year we went to the Kennywood Holiday Lights for the first time.

For the 2017 season, Kennywood Lights is open on weekends from 5pm-9pm, and for a few days following Christmas day. So you know what that means – it’s gonna be cold. I actually handled the cold pretty well until the end of the night. After riding the train I felt like I’d never get warm again. We left soon after that anyway, and we hurriedly went back to our car and turned the heat on full blast.

There is a tree lighting ceremony, a light show around the water, carolers, and a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas (usually with Pittsburgh personalities, such as local television news reporters).

The only Johnny Rockets in our area is located inside of Kennywood. Gary loves Johnny Rockets so we had to have dinner there. I don’t know if it’s changed this year, but last year they were kind of phoning it in. Only half of the menu was available and they put everything in take-out bags, even though we stayed there to eat. (Where else would we go? It was like 20 degrees outside!)

But we still love you, Johnny Rockets.

There are rides open as well – we went on Noah’s Ark (a walk-through attraction), Pirate, the Ghostwood Estate (Christmas overlay!), and the Gingerbread Express train. A lot more rides were open in the Kiddieland section.

One of our favorites from the night was the model train and village display. This year they’ve moved it to a bigger location in the arcade. I would love to go this year just to see this display again!

There is also a Polar Express 4-D movie, but the line was pretty long all night so we didn’t get a chance to see it.

We definitely recommend the Holiday Lights at Kennywood. It’s festive and fun – and yes a little chilly. 😉 What better way to get into the holiday spirit?


December 13, 2017

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