Want to know which parks celebrate Christmas and the holidays with bazillions of twinkling lights, visits from Santa Claus, holiday-themed stage shows, and, yes, coasters and other rides? You've come to the right place. The 2012 guide is arranged alphabetically by U.S. state.
CALIFORNIASix Flags Discovery Kingdom
Holiday in the Park
- Vallejo (near San Francisco), CA
- 2012 dates: Nov. 23 to 25, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 to 23, 26 to 31, Jan. 1 (2013)
- $57.99 at the gate. $37.99 for child under 48". $39.99 for adults if purchased online in advance. Admission is included for both 2012 and 2013 season pass holders. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is offering 2013 season passes for $64.99 ($54.99 if 4 or more are purchased), which includes admission to this year's Holiday in the Park and unlimited visits to all Six Flags parks for 2013.
- Buy discounted Six Flags Discovery Kingdom tickets online direct from Six Flags.
2012 info is not available yet. The following information is from past events, which should be similar to this year's festival: Holiday in the Park will feature an enormous Christmas tree, tons of lights, and loads of festive decorations. And regardless of the temperature, there will be snow at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on Blitzen's Wonderland Mountain. Holiday shows starring killer whales, sea lions, dolphins, and Looney Tunes characters will also be in the offing. There will also be Santa's Workshop, Reindeer Village, and Candy Cane Lane displays as well as seasonal goodies such as decorate-your-own sugar cookies. Most of the park's coasters and kiddie rides will be open during the event.
TEXASSix Flags Fiesta Texas
Holiday in the Park
- San Antonio
- 2012 dates: Nov. 23 to 25, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21 to 23, 26 to 31, Jan. 1 to 6 (2013)
- The park offers a discounted admission price for adults if purchased online in advance. Admission is included for season pass holders (both 2012 and 2013). Six Flags Fiesta Texas is offering 2013 season passes for $71.99 ($59.99 each if 4 or more are purchased), which includes unlimited visits to any Six Flags park throughout 2013.
- Buy discounted Fiesta Texas tickets online, direct from Six Flags.
Details were not available at the time this was posted, but the Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park should be similar to past events, which included the following:
The Christmas event features sledding on Frosty Chutes Snow Hill, choreographed lights, festive food, and special shows, such as "The Majesty of Christmas" (which requires an extra fee), Happy Holidays!, and Sounds of the Season (backed, no less, by Santa's Brass Quintet). Bugs and his Looney Tune pals will be decked out in their holiday finery, carolers will roam the streets, and Santa and the Mrs. will be on hand for photos.
Six Flags Over Texas
Holiday in the Park
- Arlington (near Dallas)
- 2012 dates: Nov. 23 to 25, 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7 to 9, 14 to 23, 26 to 31, Jan. 1 to 6 (2013)
- Discounted tickets are available online. 21012 and 2013 season pass holders receive admission to the event. The park is offering 2013 passes for $74.99 ($59.99 if 4 or more are purchased).
- Buy discounted advance tickets online, direct from Six Flags.
Details were not available at the time this was posted, but the Six Flags Over Texas event should be similar to previous ones, which included:
The festive event will feature snow sledding. Sledding? In Texas? With a little ingenuity and some theme park magic, Six Flags makes it possible. 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." Bugs and his Looney Tune pals will be decked out in their holiday finery, Santa's Land will offer hang time with with the holly-jolly fellow and his elves, and Mrs. Claus will present a Christmas craft workshop.