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Theme Park Christmas and Holiday Events

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Parks generally used to call it a season soon after Labor Day. But, over the last few years, most have remained open for Halloween events. More recently, however, seasonal parks -- even ones in places where the mercury can dip well below freezing and snow is likely -- have been extending their seasons straight through to January with festive holiday celebrations.

Want to know where to find bazillions of twinkling lights, visits from St. Nick, elaborate holiday-themed stage shows, and, yes, coasters and other rides amid winter's chill? Put on your thermal-lined Santa cap and peruse the guide to Christmas at theme parks.

Christmas at Disney World

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When Disney decks its parks, it just might be the most wonderful time of the year. It's certainly among the busiest. Get the lowdown on Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, Epcot's Candlelight Processional, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, and more holiday fun at the Florida resort.

Christmas at Disneyland

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See what the California resort has planned for the holidays. In addition to tons of garland and lights, there are specially re-themed rides.

Christmas at Six Flags

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Only three parks participate in Six Flags' Christmas merry-making. Find out where.

More Florida Christmas Theme Park Events

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Disney World is not the only place in Florida to find holiday fun. There's also Macy's Holiday Parade and Grinchmas at Universal Orlando and SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration.

More California Theme Park Events

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Despite (or because of?) the bright sun and warm temperatures, folks in SoCal must long for snow. What else would explain the many parks that offer honest-to-goodness snow (well, machine-made honest-to-goodness snow) as part of their Christmas and holiday events? See which parks have the white stuff, and learn other details.

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Parks 2013

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It's not just the major parks that offer holiday fun. A surprising number of parks in places that can get quite cold (and snowy!) also have seasonal events.
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