We first went to a Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place when I was still pregnant with Michael. There was a Groupon for it and I always loved Sesame Place so I didn’t want to pass it up. Keith hadn’t been to Sesame Place since he was small, about Jacobs age at the time, and even then we went in the summer. I had heard great things about the Christmas event at Sesame Place and wanted to check it out with my two boys (and my belly).
We all had a ton of fun, but decided to skip the event last year to avoid taking a baby under one out in the cold all night. This year we went to Hershey Park to see their Christmas displays, but I also wanted to hit Sesame Place. Fortunately A Very Furry Christmas runs until New Years Eve and closes with fireworks at 6:30 pm. I never know what to do with the boys on New Years Eve and this seemed like a perfect compromise. It would be out of the house, fun, yet also end early enough that they wouldn’t be up all night waiting for excitement.
The whole park is decorated for Christmas with lights on everything and a giant Christmas tree perfect for photo ops with lights dancing to the music piping from the park’s speakers. Looking at the lights is probably one of my favorite parts of the experience, while the boys love the rides. Obviously not all the rides are running in the winter, since playing in the water park would be a bit difficult covered in ice, but even the closed rides and areas are decorated with fake trees, candles, and lights.
While it is chilly out, the park has heaters strategically placed around the park to stand and warm up next to. There is even special food items like gingerbread cookies almost the size of my one year old. Can you believe he wouldn’t share his cookie with me, and actually ate the whole cookies alone? It was huge. We also bought some hot cocoa to sip on while waiting in the shorter than average lines to get on the rides, although I did forgo getting the refillable travel mug because I saw it as one more things to carry and I was already carrying quite a bit.
I was excited to get a picture of the boys with one of the Honkers doing photo ops next to the train exit, but alas none of the children were willing to pose with a giant character as per usual. We went for New Year’s Eve, but if you go before Christmas Santa is at the park in his workshop for visits and pictures. He had flown back to the North Pole by the time we visited, but we did see him 2 years ago when we went.
After we were done snacking and riding the rides it was time for the parade and fireworks. I always like to get a spot toward the end of the parade route; it tends to be less crowded down there. The boys lit up and danced along to the holiday music and squealed in delight as the characters, floats, and dressed up Sesame Place dancers danced by. For New Year’s Eve, the parade concluded with fireworks which was the perfect ending to a great day at the park!