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 it's 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.
ecently, 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. 2014-2016 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.
Photo/Credit: Texas Chute Out during Holiday in the Park in 2005/Lone Star Thrills
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 2017 season:
All I Want For Christmas - A live show taking place in a magic Christmas shop. Located at the David Blackburn Southern Palace Theatre.
A Jolly Holiday - A nightly show to close out your visit at the park filled with holiday tunes. Located at the Silver Star Carousel Stage.
Christmas Tree Lighting - Join Santa Claus each evening near the entrance of the park as he lights the Tree of Trees Christmas tree.
Deep in the Heart of Christmas - New for 2016, a huge Christmas light display featuring over 8 miles of lights themed around Texas. Located in the Boomtown section.
Lone Star Lights - A huge light display that dances to many classic and current Christmas tunes. Located in the Texas section.
Tree of Trees Light Spectacular - Differently-themed light shows that take place
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 2017 season:
Merry Marketplace - New for 2017, Merry Marketplace includes all the feelings of a hometown holiday. Included is Santa's Outpost, the Johnson Creek Critter Corral filled with furry friends, a vintage fire truck for great photos, Texas-sized mistletoe, and a plethora of specialty food options.
Santa's Outpost - Stop by Santa's Outpost in Crazy Horse Saloon to have your own personal meeting with Santa Claus himself. Also explore Santa's workshop and work on "top secret" gifts. Children can also interact and read stories with Mrs. Claus (Please note: Santa's Outpost requires reservations.)
Frosty Snow Hill - Frosty Snow Hill is a Holiday in the Park classic. Guests can experience what it is like to sled down a legitimate snow hill. Located in the Tower section near the entrance of Music Mill Amphitheater.
S'mores - Guests can purchase a s'mores kit from various locations and line up around one of many fire pits for a great experience.
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 2017:
Cozy Cafe (Texas) - Soup in bread bowls and loaded baked potatoes.
Red Hot Cinnamon Stop (Texas) - Specialty cinnamon rolls.
Lone Star Nuts (Star Mall) & German Roasted Nuts (Tower) - Assortments of roasted cinnamon and chocolate covered nuts, including pecans, almonds, cashews, and more.
Holiday Coffee Kiosks (Star Mall & Mexico) - Specialty coffees and hot chocolate, including flavors such as caramel, gingerbread, peppermint, Irish Cream, and more.
Street Tacos (USA) - Smoked BBQ street tacos, smoked sausage, hot beverages.
Kettle Corn (USA) - Assortments of homemade kettle corn and other items.
Texas O' So Good (Gotham City) - Ham, cheddar, and cranberry melts, meatball grilled cheese melts, parmesan-crusted pizza grilled cheese, taco grilled cheese, chili and cheese burritos, and s'mores brownies.
German Food Kitchen (Gotham City) - Bratwurst, jalapeno sausage, kraut, German potato salad, struffed pretzels, creme puffs, cookies, and warm beverages.
Epic Cones (Gotham City) - Fresh cones filled with holiday turkey and dressing. Other options include tamales, pumpkin cheesecake, herb chicken, pizza, brisket, peach cobbler, candy apple cobbler, cheese cake, and red velvet.
Texas "Big" Skillet (Boomtown) - Famous cowboy burritos, cowboy nachos, grilled steak sandwiches, tortilla dogs, smoked chicken quesadillas, and hot beverages.
Holiday Beer Kiosk (Boomtown) - Serving seasonal beers with some available in holiday mugs.
Holiday Nachos (Mexico) - Red and green nachos, tamales, and hot beverages.
Mexico Big Skillet (Mexico) - Chicken or beef fajitas, quesadillas, fajita nachos, and hot beverages.
Pork Rind Trailer (Mexico) - Pork rinds, fried pies, and fried Oreos.
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