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Knoebels’ New Drive-Through Christmas Celebration

Knoebels is excited to give guests something new to look forward to during the holiday season. On November 27, Knoebels is launching for the first time ever “Joy Through the Grove – A Christmas Light Experience” in Elysburg.”

Knoebels’ guests have been asking for a Knoebels Christmas experience for many years, and Public Relations Director Stacy Ososkie said they believe now is the time to make it happen.

“We briefly hosted a small-scale Christmas event in the ’90s but it wasn’t a good fit at the time,” she said. “In the years since, we focused on growing our fall season, which means a winter event was the only season missing from our year.”

One of the owners, Trevor Knoebel, along with Jon Slodysko, their ride operations manager and lead for their Hallo-Fun event, had been researching the possibility of a drive-through Christmas light experience.

“We’re happy to give guests something new to look forward to, especially at a time when so many events have unfortunately been canceled,” Ososkie said.

The drive-through light display will begin near the Impulse roller coaster, travel down the park’s main boulevard and throughout much of the campground. There will be over 400 light-up pieces and miles of string lights at the event. It will be open nightly from November 27 through January 3, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Monday through Thursday hours will be 5:30-9:00 pm and Friday through Sunday hours will be 5:30-10:00 pm.

While there won’t be any rides open, snacks and souvenirs will still be available for purchase. Guests who pre-purchase an event pass online can also add on a variety of snack packs including Knoebels favorites like fudge, kettle corn, caramel corn, and cotton candy. In addition, at the Nickel Plate Bar & Grill, located less than a mile away at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course, guests can enjoy some additional Christmas displays and take-out food options.

Despite the disruptions to activities of routine daily life caused by the pandemic, Ososkie believes this event is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy the Christmas season from the comfort of their personal vehicles.

“We plan to follow health and safety guidelines provided by public health officials at the time of the event,” she said. “If guidelines remain the same, this will mean use of face coverings while purchasing snacks and souvenirs, or while using restroom facilities.”

Like many outings during their park season, Knoebels is hopeful this event will become a yearly tradition for families. “This is another opportunity for guests of all ages to make memories with us!” Ososkie said. “Christmas is such a special time and we can’t wait to see our guests’ reactions to this magical time of year at Knoebels.”

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