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ACE Holiday Magic

Saturday, November 25, 2023

1 - 9 p.m.

Magic Unlike Any Other Year!

Top off your Thanksgiving weekend with the 12th annual installment of Kennywood Park's Holiday Lights, during which the park is decorated with over two million lights! This year's event will be like no other before it, as it will include a holiday feast of a dinner and will require advance registration! Attendees will also receive early entry into the park and be treated to a unique behind-the-scenes of Old Mill and ERT on Jack Rabbit (note that if temperatures are below freezing, a tour of the ride maintenance shop will likely be substituted). In addition, there will, of course, also be a number of ITOTs (Informal TakeOver Times) on various rides and attractions. Attendees will find the registration fee to be quite a bargain -- it's ACE Western Pennsylvania's holiday gift to say thanks for supporting the region's events.

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED! Unfortunately, all of the extra magic comes with a capacity limitation. As such, registration is exclusively for members only and will be capped off at about 115-120. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to register early.

A Very Jolly Schedule

Click here for a mobile-friendly version of the schedule!

1 - 1:45 p.m. Event check-in at main gate

1:45 p.m. Registered attendees may enter the park.

2 p.m. Group Photo at Old Mill

2:05 - 3 p.m. ERT on Jack Rabbit and Behind-The-Scenes Experience in Old Mill (if temperatures are below freezing or otherwise too cold for the coaster, a tour of the maintenance shop will be substituted for one or both of these activities)

3 - 9 p.m. Kennywood open to the public and you

3:15 p.m. ITOT on Kangaroo

5 p.m. ITOT on Ghostwood Estate

5:40 p.m. Meet at the Big Tree for the Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Holiday Feast in End Zone Cafe

8 p.m. ITOT on Noah's Ark

8:25 p.m. Gather in front of the Pastime building (between Jack Rabbit and Racer; the one with the clock) for the 8:30 Lagoon Light Show

8:45 p.m. ITOT on Merry-Go-Round

9 p.m. Park closes

Event check-in aside, the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

ACE Western Pennsylvania takes no responsibility for any decisions by the park should it choose not to open or close early due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, and likewise if weather or other issues prohibit one or more of the event's activities from taking place. If the park does not open, the event will be considered cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

Park Policies

The height requirement for Jack Rabbit is 48" to ride alone and 42" to ride accompanied by a responsible person. For height requirements for all other rides, click here.

Parking is free in designated areas. Preferred parking is available for an additional fee and to those with appropriate season passes.

Cameras are not permitted on rides at any time.

Get Social With Us

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Magical Registration Fees


Sorry, but mail-in registration is not available.


Sorry, but owing to capacity limitations, non-member guests may not register for this event

Registration is available through November 15, 2023, or until sold out, whichever comes first

Adult ACE Members - $31

Child ACE Members (Ages 4-10) - $26

Adult ACE Members with Season Pass - $15

Child ACE Members (Ages 4-10) with Season Pass - $10

Owing to capacity limitations, event registration is limited only to current members. There will be no late or on-site registration, so those who wish to attend are advised to register early.

The payment of registration fees by, for or on behalf of participants releases and holds harmless American Coaster Enthusiasts, Inc. and its Officers, Executive Committee Members, Regional Representatives and other representatives from any and all liabilities related to those activities. The payment of registration fees by, for or on behalf of participants acknowledges that an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in public places where people are present and that attendees voluntarily assume all risks to exposure to Covid-19 and holds harmless American Coaster Enthusiasts, Inc. and its Officers, Executive Committee Members, Regional Representatives and other representatives from any and all illness and injury.

Registration Directions

  • You must be a current member of ACE to attend. Sorry, but owing to capacity limitations, unlike other ACE Western Pennsylvania events, ACE Holiday Magic is exclusively for ACE members.
  • Registration is limited! Owing to capacity limitations, attendance is likewise limited and it's possible that the event will sell out. Once sold out, registration will no longer be available and anyone wishing to be added to a waitlist may contact ACE Western Pennsylvania Regional Representative Bill Linkenheimer at blinkenheimer@aceonline.org.
  • To register, click the Register Now button below. Online registration is available until November 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. and will be shut off sooner if the event becomes sold out.
  • Season Pass Discount: Please note that if you register as a season pass holder, you are responsible for bringing your valid season pass with you to the event and using it to be admitted into the park, as admission tickets will not be provided.
  • No materials will be sent to you in advance. All materials (admission ticket, etc.) will be provided to you at the event.
  • After registering, you will receive an immediate email confirmation through Universe, our third-party registration/payment service. Within 72 hours of registering, a second confirmation will be sent direct from ACE Western Pennsylvania's regional representative (blinkenheimer@aceonline.org). A day or two before the event, those registered will receive an email with detailed information about the event and what to expect. This email will be sent from eventregistration@ACEwesternPA.org. We suggest adding those email addresses to your contact list and/or safe-senders list, to avoid having them go to spam or alternate email folders. Note that emails will only be sent to the email addresses entered by the individual performing the registration. If you register other members including friends and family, we suggest that you forward any informational emails along to them.
  • Note that you do NOT need to print tickets or have mobile tickets available when you check in on the day of the event.
  • If you have registered in advance and arrive after the scheduled check-in time, your registration materials will be left at the guest relations office at the park's main entrance. Note however that the guest relations office and/or park gates may not open until the park opens to the public, and therefore arriving late may cause you to miss those activities occurring before the park opens.
  • Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be issued less a $10 per person processing fee through November 15, 2023. To cancel, contact Elena Marziale at 412.337.3813. No refunds will be issued after November 15, 2023. Processing fees for online registration may not be refundable.
  • Registrations are non-transferrable. Should you be unable to make it and wish to transfer your registration to another person (must be an ACE member), please contact ACE Western Pennsylvania Regional Representative Bill Linkenheimer at blinkenheimer@aceonline.org.
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