Holiday in the Park

Holiday in the Park is a Christmas event that takes place at several Six Flags parks. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom holds the record for the Bay Area’s biggest Christmas Tree.

General Information

Six Flags started Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas in 1985. The event ran from late November to early January.[1] During this time the park was transformed into a gigantic holiday festival, with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights as well as special holiday shows, rides, merchandise, foods, drinks, and a giant Christmas Tree in the center of the park. The event was expanded to Six Flags Astroworld in 1988.[2] Six Flags Over Georgia held the event in 1989 and 1990 but discontinued it after 1990. Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom opened this event in 2007, and Great Escape in 2009. Six Flags Astroworld's last season for this event was in 1997, and the event was cancelled in 1998.[3] The Great Escape's event ran only for the 2009 season as Six Flags stated that the event was successful at the park, but also claimed a "business decision" was the reason behind the cancellation of the "Holiday in the Park" for the 2010 season.[4] Six Flags México and Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark announced they will be celebrating a Christmas event similar to Holiday in the Park but as Christmas in the Park in Mexico and Holiday in the Lodge in New York, starting winter 2012.[5] In April 2014, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Over Georgia both announced that they will host the Holiday in the Park Christmas event in late 2014 and for future years after.[6][7] Six Flags Great Adventure started having Holiday in the Park events in 2015.[8] In 2016, Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags America started hosting the event. In 2017, Six Flags New England began hosting the event. Six Flags Great America and Frontier City will debut Holiday in the Park in 2018. [9]


Current Locations

Location First Season Months Operated Notes
Six Flags Over Texas 1985 November to January
Six Flags Fiesta Texas 2007 November to January The park had a Christmas event before from 1994-1997 as Lone Star Christmas
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 2007 November to January
Six Flags México 2012 November to January Known as Christmas in the Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain 2014 November to January
Six Flags Over Georgia 1989 November to January Originally operated from 1989-1990.
Six Flags Great Adventure 2015 November to January
Six Flags St Louis[10] 2016 November to January
Six Flags America[10] 2016 November to January
Six Flags New England 2017 November to January
Six Flags Great America 2018 November to January
Frontier City 2018 November to January
Great Escape November to January The park's resort/indoor waterpark hosts "Holiday in the Lodge." The theme park is closed during this time.

Former Locations

Location First Season Last Season Months Operated
Six Flags AstroWorld 1988 1997 November to January
Great Escape 2009 2009 November to December

Other Six Flags Christmas Events

Six Flags operated Winter Lights at Six Flags Great Adventure for the 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 seasons in November through January. It was a drive through (like Safari Off Road Adventure) with Christmas lights along the road, also with holiday rides, food, and shops.[11]

See also


  1. "Holiday in the Park". Guide to SFOT. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  2. "Timeline". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  3. "Houston's AstroWorld theme park to close". September 12, 2005.
  4. Donnelly, Scott. "Great Escape cancels Holiday in the Park 2010". Post Star. Retrieved 08-10-2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. Six Flags Mexico (September 6, 2012). "Six Flags Mexico is ready ..." Facebook. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  6. Six Flags Magic Mountain (April 8, 2014). "Six Flags Magic Mountain Lights Up the Season by Introducing Holiday in the Park® Event". Six Flags. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  7. Six Flags Magic Mountain (April 28, 2014). "Six Flags Over Georgia's Holiday in the Park". Six Flags. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  8. "News Release". Six Flags Great Adventure (Press release). Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  10. Six Flags Entertainment (SIX) James W. P. Reid-Anderson on Q4 2015 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
  11. "Winter Lights at Six Flags Great Adventure". Great Adventure History. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
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