Sweet on the holidays

Hershey Sweet Lights at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa. (Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Baltimore Sun / November 23, 2012)

The holidays are here before you know it and often gone before you've had a chance to sample any of the wonderful seasonal offerings. Taking a day trip to any of these destinations will provide a quick cup of cheer.

New Market

Shadrack's Christmas Light Show

Want to see a unique presentation of Christmas lights but without having to venture out into the cold? Adventure Park USA presents its third annual Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland Light Show, a mile-long drive through 10 acres of dazzling light displays and Christmas tunes. Bring the family to enjoy the Christmas spirit all from the comfort of your car. Over 10,000 LED lights are synchronized with holiday music. For those brave enough to venture out of their vehicles, hot cocoa and a visit with Santa are available at the end of the show.

The entrance fee is $25 per carload, $50 for a minivan or 15-plus-person vans, and $100 per bus. Bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots and receive $5 off your light show ticket. Event runs 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. through Jan. 3. For more information, visit http://adventureparkusa.com/events.php.

National Harbor

Gaylord Christmas on the Potomac

It's the fifth year at Gaylord National for this event, which features a 60-foot glass Tree of Light, nightly indoor snowfalls and 2 million twinkling lights. Visitors can have brunch with Santa, decorate gingerbread houses, take train rides and enjoy live music. On Christmas Eve, the water-skiing Santa makes a return to the Potomac. Also, Gaylord National's ICE! featuring DreamWorks' "Shrek the Halls" is an interactive display carved from millions of pounds of ice.

Through Jan. 6 at Gaylord National Harbor Resort. Hours vary. For tickets, event schedules and more information, go to christmasonthepotomac.com.

Hershey, Pa.

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

Visit Hersheypark as it's transformed into a holiday village featuring more than 30 rides, live entertainment, games, and Santa and his nine live reindeer. Guests can watch N.O.E.L, a light show featuring more than 125,000 dancing lights synchronized to Christmas music. Visitors can also take a 2.3-mile drive through a wooded hillside to see nearly 600 themed light displays at Hershey Sweet Lights

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is open weekends through Dec. 30. Tickets are $12.95 for ages 3 and older; children ages 2 and younger are free. Hershey Sweet Lights is open through Jan. 1. Admission is $20 per carload, Sunday-Thursday, and $25 on Friday and Saturday. For schedule, events, hours and lodging packages, go to christmasinhershey.com.

Kennett Square, Pa.

A Longwood Christmas