Kennywood Holiday Lights Returns to Pittsburgh Brighter Than Ever

Home for the Holidays with two million lights, PA's tallest Christmas tree and endless family fun.

November 7, 2022

Pittsburgh’s Home for the Holidays – Kennywood – will spread seasonal cheer with the triumphant return of Holiday Lights, beginning Saturday, November 19. More than two million twinkling lights will illuminate the park, along with more than 20 family favorite rides, new festive culinary delights and the nightly tree lighting at the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania.

The tree was so tall we could barely get it all in the photo!

Holiday Lights at Kennywood is the only place in the region where you can marvel in the millions of lights and enjoy thrilling rides like the Jack Rabbit,” says Kennywood General Manager Mark Pauls. “With an all-new festive food line up, popular rides, unique entertainment, and the charm of the park during this event, there are plenty of reasons to be holly and jolly this season.”

Holiday Lights transforms Kennywood into a winter wonderland where guests can meet Jolly St. Nick and enjoy special live entertainment such as magic shows, ice carving, choir performances, and local celebrity readings of “The Night Before Christmas.” Visitors will also enjoy a massive model train display, kids’ dance parties, and a walkthrough petting zoo. A Holiday Lights Kennywood evening isn’t complete without rides! Kangaroo makes its Christmastime return with a new, seasonal lighting package, plus the Jack Rabbit, Merry-Go-Round, Gran Prix, Thomas TownTM, Kiddieland rides and more. Plus, watch Pennsylvania’s tallest Christmas tree illuminate the sky nightly at 6 p.m., sponsored by Clearview Federal Credit Union.

Family photo with Santa at Kennywood during Dinner with Santa

Kids love visiting with and feeding real live animals in the petting zoo!

An all-new holiday menu will delight the taste buds of all and make the spirits bright with peppermint milkshakes, doughnut holes with different flavor and sauce options, and a fresh take on Kennywood’s famous fudge. Also during Holiday Lights, nightly opportunities to dine and leave wish lists with the man of the season, Mr. Claus, at the nightly Dinner with Santa.

There are plenty of sweet treats for kids on the nice list during Dinner with Santa at Kennywood's Holiday Lights

The beginning of Holiday Lights is only part of the holiday cheer Kennywood will be sharing this season. Stay tuned for news about an extra special, extraterrestrial, present for our guests in 2023 on November 15.

Snap a photo in a Kennywood Winter Snow Globe!

Make your season sparkle with Holiday Lights tickets as low as $14.99 for a limited time to visit any operating day through January 1, 2023. For the best value, purchase a 2023 Gold or Platinum Season Pass and receive unlimited admission all season long for free, plus all of next year. For more information about Holiday Lights and Season Passes visit

Kids have the best imaginations!

Kennywood Holiday Lights is one of our favorite Pittsburgh family holiday traditions!