Hershey to debut a 'Really Big Show'

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HERSHEY, Pa. -- A touch of Hollywood is coming to Hershey this spring.

"Hershey's Really Big 3-D Show" will premiere in a new, 250-seat theater inside Hershey Chocolate World in April. Chocolate World is the visitors center located at the entrance of Hersheypark.

The 3-D project is in the hands of Landmark Entertainment Group, the outfit behind such theme park shows as "Terminator 2 3-D," "Star Trek: The Experience" and "Shrine of the Magic Dragon." The 30-minute show will boast the usual elements of a Hollywood production -- romance, drama and adventure -- with the addition of Hershey characters comings to life on the big screen.

Entrance to Chocolate World is free, but admission for the production is $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for kids ages 3 to 8. Group discounts and student rates are available. Groups can make advance reservations.

A 3-D show will debut at Hershey's Chocolate World in April.If the show makes visitors crave something sweet, they can satisfy their taste buds at Chocolate World's two eateries. The Chocolate Town Cafe is a full-service restaurant that boasts the best chocolate milk shakes, according to marketing manager Todd Kohr. Another dining option is the Courtyard Cafe Food Court, where soups, salads, pizzas, desserts and specialty coffees are on the menu.

Chocolate World is using its new theater and existing venues to attract the meetings and group market. Groups can use the space after hours for awards presentations, cocktail parties and the like.

Hershey also is focusing its attention on the annual Christmas in Hershey celebration. The event is held through Jan. 1; days and hours vary. Admission is free this time of year, but guests must pay as they go for rides.

Additional holiday highlights include strolling carolers and brass bands, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa visits.

The Hotel Hershey and the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center offer packages in conjunction with the holiday festivities, including an Evening With Dickens. From January through April, the properties feature Winter on the Hill weekend getaways.

Hersheypark and Chocolate World are open year-round, except Christmas day. Hersheypark offers more than 60 attractions and rides. Other components include the ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, Hershey Museum and Hershey Gardens.

For more details, call (800) HERSHEY.

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