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Six Flags Great Adventure – Holiday in the Park – Meet Santa and Enjoy the Lights Six Flags Great Adventure – Holiday in the Park – Meet Santa and Enjoy the Lights
We’ve been fans of Six Flags for years. This is our second year visiting during their annual Holiday in the Park. Many Six Flags’... Six Flags Great Adventure – Holiday in the Park – Meet Santa and Enjoy the Lights

We’ve been fans of Six Flags for years. This is our second year visiting during their annual Holiday in the Park. Many Six Flags’ across American transform their amusement parks into wonderlands over the holidays – making is a fun destination to get in the holiday spirit, meet Santa, enjoy a fantastic display of Christmas lights and go on a few roller coasters.

The night we went was rather cold and early in the season be we had an awesome, special evening and not too crowded. We waited about 5 minutes to meet Santa (compared to an hour last year). The Santa experience was adorable and he spent about 1o minutes with us which is much longer than some Santa greetings.

The lights throughout the park are magical. Some are set to music, many twinkle into patterns, some change colors and it’s all pulled together through a theme carried out even in one of their songs ‘Holiday in the Park.’ The event is done VERY well.

The event runs November 19 – January 2nd. Check their calendar for hours. 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 2017 season pass for $69.99 it applies now.
General Admission is around — $72.99  Children Under 54″ – $46.99 2 and Under — FREE – So it pays to get the membership promo they have right now!

Tips:

  • Outside 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 on the first Friday in December, around 6:30 there were no lines for food or rides. Last year we visited on a Saturday and it was way too overcrowded all day, although we did stay until dark and had a great time anyway.
  • If you arrive in the afternoon, the lights aren’t turned on until around 8pm.
  • Not all of the park is open, Much of the magic is in the lights, music and characters walking around. Check their site for complete list of rides open.
  • 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.
  • Go on a Friday evening if possible!
  • Happy Holidays

Here’s a video of our fun friday night at #HolidayinthePark at #sixflags

 

esteepouleris mommy blogger

Estée Pouleris is a mommy blogger based in NYC. She writes reviews about adventures with her 4 year old daughter. Her posts include photos, tips and ideas of fun places to visit with kids.

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