Christmas at Six Flags 2016

Holiday in the Park Events Make Spirits Bright

Most Six Flags theme parks used to lower their flags for the season soon after Labor Day. Now, however, they all present Fright Fest Halloween events. With two new parks presenting Holiday in the Park festivals in 2016, most Six Flags also remain open through the Christmas season as well.

All of the participating parks will deck their halls in twinkling lights and other holiday finery and present holiday-themed shows. Old St. Nick will be on hand making spirits bright. Because this is Six Flags, many of the coasters and other rides will be open for the event -- even when temperatures may dip into the frosty zone.

Info about which parks will be celebrating Christmas and the holidays and some of the event details follows. The parks offer discount event tickets if purchased online in advance. (Direct links to each of the park's official holiday Holiday in the Park pages are included below.) Note that admission to the events are available for both 2016 and 2017 season pass holders.

  • 01 of 09
    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Holiday in the Park.
    ••• Six Flags.
    • Vallejo
    • 2016 dates: Weekends Nov. 25 to Dec. 11. Daily Dec. 17 to Jan. 1, 2017

    Holiday in the Park will feature an enormous Christmas tree and loads of festive decorations such as a giant snow globe. There will be a nighttime, holiday-themed dolphin show at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Other shows starring Looney Tunes characters will be in the offing as well.

    Features will also include Toy Land, Reindeer Village, and Christmas Tree Forest displays. Nighttime rides aboard favorites such as the SkyScreamer swing and the Superman Ultimate Flight coaster will be all the more enchanting amid the holiday lights.

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    Six Flags Magic Mountain celebrates Holiday in the Park.
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    • Valencia
    • 2016 dates: Select days from November 19 to Jan. 1, 2017

    For its third Christmas event, Six Flags Magic Mountain will greet guests in the fountain area near the front of the park with a huge Christmas tree. The park is promising tens of thousands of lights that will be synchronized to holiday tunes in the DC Universe land. The Mining Town area will be converted into a retro Winter Wonderland with crafts making and seasonal treats such as hot chocolate, cider, and specially flavored funnel cake (drizzled with candy canes perhaps?).

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    Six Flags Over Georgia Christmas festival — Holiday in the Park.
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    • Austell
    • 2016 dates: Select days from November 19 to Jan. 1, 2017

    Also presenting its third Christmas event, Six Flags Over Georgia will temporarily rename its circa-1908 Riverview Carousel as the Candlelight Carousel and give it a huge dose of Christmas cheer with the lights and ornaments. Likewise, the park's train ride will transform into The North Pole Express and whisk passengers away to meet Santa and Mrs. C. The popular Monster Mansion will also get a holiday overlay as Mistletoe Mansion with a Christmas story and festive decorations.

    With over 100,000 lights, snow machines, an adorned tree, and other enhancements, the promenade at the front of the park will become A Main Street Christmas. The park will give visitors the opportunity to roast marshmallows and make their own treats in S'mores Village.

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    Family enjoying Six Flags Holiday in the park
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    • Mitchellville
    • 2016 dates: Select days from November 19 to Jan. 2, 2017

    2016 will mark the first Christmas event for Six Flags America. Coasters such as Superman Ride of Steel and the park's other rides will be open for the event. Expect plenty of hot chocolate, s'mores, and other seasonal treats. 

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  • 05 of 09
    Campfire at Six Flags Holiday in the Park
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    • Eureka
    • 2016 dates: Select days from November 25 to Jan. 1, 2017

    This will also be the first Christmas season that Six Flags St. Louis will offer Holiday in the Park. The park is promising over one million sparkling lights, street entertainment, and holiday-themed shows. To help keep visitors warm, Six Flags will offer hot chocolate and crackling fires.

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    Six Flags Great Adventure Holiday in the Park
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    • Jackson
    • 2016 dates: Select days from November 19 to Jan. 2, 2017

    This will mark the second year that Six Flags Great Adventure will present Holiday in the Park. Expect mighty cold cold weather at the Christmas event, but try to stay warm enough to give the park's incredible arsenal of rides a whirl. There will surely be a considerable wind chill factor aboard world-class coasters such as Nitro.

    There will be scads of twinkling lights, some man-made snow showers to go along with any actual snow, hot chocolate and cider to wash down fried s'mores (fried?), carolers, a stage show, and other special features themed to the holidays.

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    Holiday in the Lodge at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
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    • Queensbury (near Lake George)
    • 2016 dates: Nov. 25 to Dec. 27

    The Great Escape theme park is not presenting Holiday on the Park, but the adjacent Six Flags Great Escape Lodge indoor water park resort is offering Holiday in the Lodge. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children. There will also be holiday shows, carolers, special food, and other seasonal activities.

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    Six Flags Fiesta Texas celebrates the annual Holiday in the Park.
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    • San Antonio
    • 2016 dates: Select days from November 12 through January 2, 2017.

    In addition to its lineup of roller coasters (including the wonderful Iron Rattler) and thrill rides, Six Flags Fiesta Texas will be offering live entertainment and lots of holiday decorations for the seasonal event. The Christmas event features choreographed lights, festive food, and special shows such as "The Majesty of Christmas." Bugs and his pals will be decked out in their holiday finery. New this year will be the Holiday Express train and the Singing Saps, animated Christmas trees that warble holiday tunes. Carolers will roam the streets, and a certain jolly gent and his Mrs. will be on hand in Santa's Castle.

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    Christmas at Six Flags Over Texas.
    ••• Six Flags
    • Arlington (near Dallas)
    • 2016 dates: Select days from November 19 through January 1, 2017.

    Expect plenty of entertainment and holiday decorations for the seasonal event. Six Flags will amp up the holiday hoopla with thousands of lights, festive food, and a slew of themed shows such as "Honky Tonk Christmas" and “A Jolly Holiday.” SantaLand will offer hang time with with the holly-jolly fellow and his elves, and Mrs. Claus will present a Christmas craft workshop. Take the SantaLand Express train to visit the magical place. There will also be snow sledding down Frosty Hill.