Take a Trip to Sesame Place for Christmas

By Rebecca July 31, 2011 21:12

I can tell you how to get to Sesame Street — for Christmas!

Wasn’t that the dream we all had growing up? Who wouldn’t want to spend a day with Big Bird, Elmo and Oscar? But could you imagine spending Christmas with them? What a blast that would be!

And now you can, thanks to Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. Opened in 1980 and growing ever since, the Sesame Street theme park has announced a new 19-day holiday celebration titled “A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place” that begins November 25 and lasts through December 31, 2011 (schedule posted on website).

This brand new Christmas event is chock full of Sesame Street spirit and looking to deliver a Christmas experience so huge, only Elmo’s imagination could have come up with it. The park will be transformed into a Sesame-themed winter wonderland with trees, lights and music. Visitors can look forward to meeting Sesame Street characters like Cookie Monster and Bert and Ernie, who will show up to party, sing carols, and celebrate with everyone.

Special Attractions

  • 1-2-3 Christmas Show: A giant Christmas tree light show, sing carols with the Sesame Place Elves
  • Sesame Street Christmas Show: Watch as Abby discovers the celebrations and traditions of the Christmas season with carols and more
  • Elmo’s World Live Christmas Show: While searching for a gift, Elmo discovers the best kind of gift is the one that comes from the heart.
  • Music and Lights: The park will be lit up like a winter wonderland
  • More than 300 Christmas Trees: including a huge Sesame-style tree
  • Illuminated Neighborhood Street Party Parade: A new parade for 2011 with special lights and music for Christmas
  • Christmas Menu: The Sesame Cafe and Elmo’s Eatery will serve holiday favorites
  • Holiday Shopping: Two gift shops full of fun souvenirs and treats

Rides and Santa Claus

Sesame Place has rides specifically designed for younger children and will be keeping many “dry” rides and attractions open for the season, including:

  • Elmo’s Cloud Chaser
  • Blast Off
  • Flyin’ Fish
  • Peek a Bug
  • Grover’s World Twirl
  • Sunny Day Carousel
  • Big Bird’s Balloon Race
  • Vapor Trail (weather permitting)

But you just can’t do a Christmas celebration without Santa Claus. Sesame Place has outfitted A Very Furry Workshop for Santa — featuring an interactive snowman who meets and greets guests — with a photo studio where kids are invited to sit on Santa’s lap, have a chat, and pose for a photo that will be talked about for years at family gatherings.

I don’t know who will be the bigger star for your kids — Santa, Elmo, Cookie Monster or Bert and Ernie. But I’m willing to bet that all will bring smiles.

For more information, call 1-866-GO-4-ELMO or visit www.sesameplace.com.

Take Note — This is one of those larger theme parks that offers a lot of options and schedules. Before making your plans, check the website for more information regarding tickets, meals, rides, etc. Package options are offered and you can look for park “partners” that offer ticket discounts as well. Because of the season, there is a limited schedule for the holiday events. You MUST check park operating hours as the park will NOT be open every day.

Sesame Place, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street, is the ideal place for parents and children to share in the spirit of imagination and experience of Sesame Street together. Sesame Place is located just 30 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes south of New York City.

By Rebecca July 31, 2011 21:12
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