Last night we drove 1.5 hrs from NYC to Jackson, NJ to check out Six Flag’s version of Christmas, Holiday in the Park. They did a stellar job. It was a gorgeous 55 degree night, the park was filled with millions of twinkling lights as well as what felt like millions of little screaming over-sugared kids.
There were fake snow flakes blowing from roof tops, holiday characters walking through the park, giant candy cane toys, a ‘write a letter to Santa’ station, Santa himself and of course the thrill of roller coasters.
It was an adorable evening, although a bit too crowded to be as enjoyable as it could have been. We waited about an hour to meet Santa and I have to admit it was by far the best Santa Claus we’ve ever met. Elves asked our daughter her name before we went in so Santa greeted her by name and really pulled her into the experience. Her face lit up like I’ve never seen. Santa spent almost 10 minutes with us. Incredible as usually this kind of attraction tries to push you through. This is the same company that does the Santa experience at Rockefeller Center which I’ve never visited but I imagine it must be pretty good. Needless to say, we bought the pictures.
The event runs on Saturdays and Sundays 1pm – 9pm thru Dec 20th. And all week Dec 26th – Jan 3rd (1pm-9pm). It was free since we’re pass holders, but there are a lot of deals online for tickets so be sure to do a little hunting to find the best one. If you buy the 2016 season pass for $67 it applies now. We really enjoyed the night, it was super cute and we’ll likely go again next year.
- Food and drinks are not allowed in the park, although they did allow us entry with our daughter’s sippy cup and couple kid snacks.
- When we arrived around 2:30 there were no lines for food or rides. By 6pm lines for food were out the door so eat early or after 8 when things lighten up again.
- Not all of the park is open, and only 4 large roller coasters (Nitro, Green Lantern, Superman and Batman) are running so don’t expect the typical six flags experience. Much of the magic is in the lights, music and characters walking around.
- Make a meeting point if you get separated from your group, it’s so crowded there’s a chance you’ll need this back-up plan.
- They do not allow personal photography when meeting Santa, the prints start at $20.
- Bring a stroller! Although our daughter is a bit old for a stroller, I’m really glad we brought ours because the crowds were so overwhelming. It was the best place for her by the time it got dark.
- Bring patience.
Happy Holidays 🙂