Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain 2017-18

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    Magic Mountain Adds More Magic with Holiday in the Park

    Holiday in the Park at Magic Mountain
    Holiday in the Park at Magic Mountain. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Disneyland has Christmas Fantasy, Knott's has Merry Farm, Universal celebrates with Grinchmas, and Six Flags Magic Mountain is celebrating its fourth year of festivities with Holiday in the Park at Magic Mountain. Big, bold light displays with over 1 million lights, evening snow, seasonal treats and holiday entertainment throughout the park are the highlights of this faux winter celebration. 

    As you enter the park, you're greeted by the Holiday Cheer Carolers a cappella group singing against a forest of trees wrapped in a rainbow of colored lights. Your first stop should be to purchase a pair of Light Viewing Glasses that turn regular lights into snowmen, Santas or snowflakes. It adds an extra bit of enchantment to the rest of your Holiday in the Park experience. It is a lot of fun taking cell phone pics and video through the lenses. They're available near the entrance and at Glow in DC Universe.

    At 5 p.m. on select nights, ride Santa's Wild Sleigh Ride Virtual Reality...MORE Coaster, which takes over the New Revolution ride in Santa's Star Spangled Plaza. As your body is looping around in the physical coaster, your eyes take you on an exhilarating ride through the night sky in Santa's sleigh. Decorated in red, white and blue, Santa's Star Spangled Plaza also includes other interactive experiences and photo ops related to the movie, as well as stilt-walking toy soldiers and a giant Christmas tree.

    The Gleampunk area is decorated in blue lights and industrial ornamentation with one huge wall of themed holiday steampunk projections. You'll also find the Kwerkmas show here - an indoor cirque show of aerialists, dancers and a trampoline act. Look out for more stilt walkers and other period characters roaming the area.

    An enchanted snow forest called Winter Wonderland extends through the Rapids Camp Crossing area. There you'll find Santa's Village, where Santa is on hand for photo opportunities. Mrs. Santa and the elves supervise craft activities starting at noon daily.

    DC UNIVERSE is covered in LED lights programmed with constantly changing light shows with millions of variations to contemporary holiday music for Rockin' Universe.You'll want to walk through more than once. In addition to the strolling carolers out front, there's a full program of live music, DJs and dance teams on the Full Throttle Stage every night, accompanied by periodically falling snow.

    Magic Mountain puts more effort into their holiday food and beverage options than any of the other parks, with special items spread across all the food venues. Right up front, the Cyber Cafe has fire pits set up where you can buy a S'mores Kit and roast marshmallows over the fire to go with your spiced cider or hot chocolate in a souvenir cup. Their gingerbread cheesecake is also pretty special. Other holiday offerings include turkey dogs and burgers with stuffing and cranberry, chocolate peppermint or red velvet funnel cake, festive holiday cocktails and craft beers and eggnog ice cream, to name just a few. A favorite is the peppermint chocolate bark at the Cartoon Candy Kitchen. Pick up the holiday map at the entrance for a guide to all the specialty food and drinks as well as other seasonal attractions. 

    The rides continue to operate during Holiday in the Park, which runs from 5 to 8 pm. Since it's all the same ticket, if you're planning on riding all the rides, coming earlier in the day is better so you can fit more in. A number of rides are closed for maintenance. Check the website in advance so you don't head off in search of rides that are closed.

    Even on warm winter days, it gets cold at night, so make sure you have long pants and jackets for after dark. If you're planning on riding a water ride, bring extra dry socks - and a rain poncho or garbage bags. It's not as fun walking around cold and wet.

    When: Select days from November 26 to December 31, 2017; 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Where: Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 90355
    Cost: From $59.99 for adults and kids online, $84.99 adults, $59.99 under 48" tall at the gate. 2 and under free. Multiple season pass and annual pass specials are available. 
    Info: www.sixflags.com/magicmountain

    Click through the slides for a virtual tour of Holiday in the Park highlights.

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    The Gleampunk District at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park

    The Gleampunk District at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park
    The Gleampunk District at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park. Photo © 2016 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Gleampunk district is in its 2nd year in 2017. In addition to the steampunk decor, you'll find the Kwerkmas show with a talented array of cirque performers in this part of the park.

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    The Holiday Cheer Carolers at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park

    The Holiday Cheer Carolers at Magic Mountain
    The Holiday Cheer Carolers at Magic Mountain. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Magic Mountain has created their own Pentatonix-style a cappella group in the Holiday Cheer Carolers who perform in Holiday Square just inside the park entrance.

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    Santa's Workshop at Holiday in the Park

    Santa's Workshop at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park
    Santa's Workshop at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park. Photo © 2016 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Santa is available for photos in Santa's Workshop daily beginning at noon. Mrs. Claus is nearby supervising a variety of holiday crafts.

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    Winter Wonderland at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park

    Winter Wonderland at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park
    Winter Wonderland at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The path through Camp Crossing is dusted with snow and scattered with giant snow sculptures. Lots of twinkling lights give you a chance to try out your Light Viewing Glasses.

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    Light Viewing Glasses at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park

    Light Viewing Glasses at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park
    Light Viewing Glasses at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Looking through these Light Viewing Glasses turns ordinary lights into Santa heads. They're also available with a snowman or snowflake pattern. You can buy the glasses near the entrance to Magic Mountain or at Glow in DC Universe. Don't forget to take them along if you go to LA Zoo Lights or other holiday events, or if you're just out looking at the lights in your neighborhood.

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    Winter Wonderland at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park

    Winter Wonderland at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park
    Winter Wonderland at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    As you're wandering through the Winter Wonderland at Holiday in the Park at Magic Mountain, Katy's Kettle has some tasty holiday treats you can try including a turkey leg platter, holiday-in-a-bun burger, mac & cheeseburger, asparagus mac & cheese and sugar cookies to decorate. 

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    DC UNIVERSE Light Show at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park

    DC UNIVERSE Light Show at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park
    DC UNIVERSE Light Show at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Light and Music Show at DC UNIVERSE at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park is programmed with hours worth of different patterns and combinations.

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    Snowing at the Full Throttle Stage at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park

    Snowing at the Full Throttle Stage at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park
    Snowing at the Full Throttle Stage at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Snow is in the forecast approximately every 20 minutes, accompanying the entertainment on the Full Throttle Stage at Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Snow is also expected every 20 minutes in Holiday Plaza near the park entrance. 

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    The Toy Soldier Nutcrackers at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park

    The Toy Soldier Nutcrackers at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park
    The Toy Soldier Nutcrackers at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Toy Soldier stiltwalkers were dancing up a storm near the Full throttle stage and posing for photos with visitors. Earlier in the day, we saw them over near Santa's Workshop, so keep an eye out for them. They get around. 

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    The Rainbow Forest at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park

    The Rainbow Forest at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park
    The Rainbow Forest at Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    In Holiday Square, near the entrance to Six Flags Magic Mountain, the trees have been turned into a rainbow forest, covered in many thousands of LED lights. Try looking at them through the Light Viewing Glasses. It's pretty awesome.