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Rudolph in 4D coming to Kennywood’s Holiday Lights

HOLIDAY LIGHTS — Kennywood’s annual Holiday Lights spectacular opens Friday. -- Contributed

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — The ninth season of Kennywood’s Holiday Lights spectacular begins Friday and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through Dec. 22 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Holiday Lights will also be open nightly Dec. 26-30.

Visitors will find an array of dazzling displays draped across America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park, highlighted by the 100-foot Christmas tree, the tallest in Pennsylvania. They also will be able to take rides on family favorites like the Kangaroo, Merry Go Round and Noah’s Ark, plus the Kiddieland and Thomas Town sections of Kennywood, all dressed in their holiday best. And new this holiday season, guests can immerse themselves in the story from the beloved television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer like never before in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D.”

Using the same stop-motion animation as the original, viewers will be able to join Rudolph, Hermey the Elf and their friends on this epic adventure, and experience the sights, smells and sensations on-screen from the comfort of Kennywood’s 4D Theater. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D” will show continuously during Holiday Lights and is included with park admission.

Non-riders will find plenty to enjoy, from a massive model train display set up in the penny arcade to a nightly reading of “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” featuring a special Pittsburgh celebrity each evening. Other shows include Sounds of the Holidays with local performance groups and the Holiday Lights display every 30 minutes at the park’s lagoon area. There also is Dinner with Santa, an early-access event including a buffet meal, private audience with St. Nick himself, and the night’s first screenings of “Rudolph 4D.”

This year, Kennywood will partner with 412 Food Rescue to host a personal care item drive for the food rescue program’s recipients, who often struggle to access basic needs beyond food. Visitors to Holiday Lights who bring a donation of items such as toothpaste, soap or diapers during the first three weekends Nov. 22 — Dec. 8 will receive a coupon good for $6 off admission for up to four people.

“The holidays are about much more than presents and parties, and we want help our neighbors in need,” says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “Being able to use Holiday Lights to assist people in our community is an obvious choice for us.”

“Teaming up for this Holiday Lights personal care item drive brings together two of the best traditions in our region: Kennywood and the unbeatable compassion and generosity of our neighbors,” says Jen England, 412 Food Rescue’s senior program director. “The gift of taking one more worry off the shoulders of struggling parents and seniors truly lights up the holidays!”

Tickets for Holiday Lights can be purchased online at Kennywood.com, with prices starting at $18.49. Children up to the age of 3 are free, and parking is free. For full list of activities, including schedules, discounts and more, visit Kennywood.com/HolidayLights.

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