Holiday in the Park originated in the 1985 season at Six Flags Over Texas and has been operating ever since. The event has expanded over the years to include thousands of Christmas lights, specialized foods, live entertainment, a snow hill, and many other hands-on activities. In 1988, AstroWorld added the Holiday in the Park concept but only held the event until 1997 (Six Flags Over Georgia held it for one season in 1989 until its rebirth). Some iconic pieces of Holiday in the Park have unfortunately met their demise, including the Texas Chute Out Christmas tree lined with red string lights and a star on top.

Recently, Holiday in the Park has expanded all throughout the chain. In 2007, Fiesta Texas and Discovery Kingdom added the event (Fiesta Texas had an event called Lone Star Christmas from the early 1990s to 1997).

In 2012, the event expanded to Mexico and Great Escape. 2014 to 2016 saw the addition of Holiday in the Park to Magic Mountain, Six Flags Over Georgia, Great Adventure, St. Louis, and America. The event continues to be one of the most popular and exciting times for Six Flags parks.


Holiday in the Park provides entertainment that spans from live shows to amazing lighting displays all around the park. Here is a listing of what guests could experience at the park during the 2018 season:

Merry Marketplace

Merry Marketplace is a large area in the park's Texas section that is transformed for Holiday in the Park. This area includes food, visits with Santa Claus, and many other great activities.

Photo Opportunities

Marketplace Entertainment & Activities



Holiday Activities

Six Flags Over Texas fills the park with other great activities that are geared towards family and young experiences. Here's a look at what the park presented for the 2018 season:

Specialty Foods

One major feature that helps Six Flags Over Texas stand out from the rest is the abundance of specialty foods that are located all around the park. Individual vendors load into the park and serve amazing homemade food and treats. Here is the line-up of specialty foods from 2018:

Merry Marketplace

Cozy Cafe (Old South)

Peppermint Parlor (Miss Abby's)

Red Hot Cinnamon Stop (Dippin' Dots Sundae Shop)

Texas Taco Bar

Ye Olde Coffee Shoppe (Crazy Horse Saloon)


Macho Nacho

Texas "Big" Skillet

Gotham City

Epic Cones

Mexico & Spain

Casa de las Banderas

Mexico Big Skillet


German Roasted Nuts


Coffee Kiosks (Two Star Mall Locations)

Kettle Corn

Lone Star Nuts

Roasted Corn

Street Tacos


Holiday in the Park Media

Historical Images

Event Guide Archive

Click on the links below to view Holiday in the Park guides from past seasons.