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Kennywood Holiday Lights - 2013

For 2013, Kennywood will once again open for December weekends for Kennywood Holiday Lights, with a festive light display around the lagoon, plus holiday-themed rides, holiday foods, Christmas carolers and other holiday activities. Over 1 million holiday lights sparkle throughout the park for this one-of-a-kind holiday treat.

Dates and Times:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights, November 29 - December 22, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

to 9:00 p.m.


Admission to Kennywood Holiday Lights is $13.99 per person online (plus $1.25 processing fee) or $15.99 per person (plus $1 amusement tax) at the gate. Children 2 years of age and younger are free. Parking is also free. $13.99 tickets are available from participating Giant Eagles. If you plan to visit more than once, then a Holiday Lights Holiday Pass is also available for $24.99 (plus $1 amusement tax and $1.25 processing fee).

What to Expect:

A Kennywood holiday lights show, timed to a soundtrack of classic holiday songs, will every half hour around the lagoon starting at 5:30 p.m. The show runs for approximately 10 minutes and there are two different versions. A few holiday-themed rides will be open as well, including the carousel, Kangaroo, Paratrooper, Turtle, Ghostwood Estate with a holiday twist, select Kiddieland rides, and a Holiday Lights themed Olde Kennywood Railroad (the Gingerbread Express). Santa will be on hand, of course, for meet-and-greets, letter-writing opportunities, cookie decorating and pictures.

Holiday entertainment will be provided by a number of area choral groups every hour beginning at 6:00 p.m. each evening at the Sounds of the Holidays Stage, across from the Parkside Café. Performances will last approximately 30 minutes.

The Kennyville Stage also features a variety of nightly entertainment including: 
  • Doc Dixon’s Holiday Lights Magic Show at 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.
  • Parker’s Dance Party at 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
  • Readings of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by local Pittsburgh personalities at 7:30 p.m. 

Holiday Food:

Several food stands will be open throughout the park serving up seasonal fare such as kettle corn, s'mores, Potato Patch Fries and a variety of hot drinks, including hot chocolate and hot apple cider.

Before you Go:

Kennywood will present fireworks on Friday, November 29 only to kick off the Kennywood Holiday Lights celebration. Fireworks are at 9:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Location & Directions:

Kennywood Holiday Lights are held at Kennywood Amusement Park, 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh on PA 837 along the Monongahela River.


Follow Interstate 376 (Parkway East) to the Swissvale Exit (No. 7). From this exit, follow the Kennywood arrows.

Kennywood Amusement Park:

4800 Kennywood Blvd.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
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