Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Christmas event, Holiday in the Park, grows bigger and brighter every year. During the celebration, the entry plaza transforms into “Holiday Square” and comes alive with carolers and a sea of lights. Falling snow can be enjoyed every few minutes. Life-size ornaments strategically placed make for great photos with the family, and stilt-walking toy soldiers interact with the crowd.
Heading counterclockwise into the park, the ever-energetic Full Throttle Stage transforms into “Snowy Nights,” where dancers, live music, and a DJ entertain guests. In Bugs Bunny World, Santa’s Cottage has found a new home in a setting that allows for a bit more space. Here, you can take a photo with Santa, and the little ones can have fun with arts and crafts. Say “hi” to Mrs. Claus!
Continuing on, your eyes will be drawn to the Christmas tree and light show in DC Universe directly ahead. Just as you start to wander that way, you will see the “Gleampunk District” to your right. The area around Twisted Colossus has been covered in beautiful lights and creative, themed steampunk decorations. The soundtrack fits perfectly and creates the atmosphere. While here, take a photo on the giant sleigh, and interact with the characters.
Make sure to schedule some time to see “Kwerkmas” in the GearWorks Theatre. This 30-minute extravaganza is a highlight of the season. Aerial artists, acrobats, and dancers take to the stage in an incredibly high-energy show that is not to be missed.
In DC “Rockin’ Universe,” guests are treated to an ongoing light show that is one of the largest of its kind anywhere. Further up the midway in front of Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, is where you will find the latest holiday zone, called “Merry Lane.” Here, giant, walk-in ornaments provide photo opportunities, and yet another light and music show, that takes place every few minutes. Make sure to stick around long enough to see the snow.
In front of Merry Lane, purchase a s’mores pack and roast the treat over an open fire. Nearby at Metro Park Pub, you can stop and take a photo in front of the Christmas tree, grab a snack, or enjoy a frosty cold beverage.
Near Katy’s Kettle (on the midway between Tatsu and Viper), you will find “Winter Wonderland.” Here, the landscape is covered in snow. Red and white lights create the look of candy canes. Large sculptures resemble ice, and characters dressed as ornaments roam the grounds. This area is magical and you will find yourself sticking around a while.
If all of this was not enough, the culinary team at Magic Mountain is offering holiday-themed snacks and beverages throughout the park. Foodies will love Taste of the Holidays, a food festival that features a variety of culinary creations. Purchase these goodies individually, or try a variety of options with a tasting card.
Members of the media were treated to samples of the special menu items weeks ago, and everything was delicious… from the chicken and waffles, to the turkey and brie sandwich. The prosciutto mac and cheese stood out, as did the cranberry barbecue pulled-pork sliders. Oh, and the desserts! From peppermint pudding, to root beer cake to the best brownie, soft, gooey chocolate with a York Peppermint Patty in the middle. Management told me that it was homemade. Whoever made it: Give them a raise!
The team at Six Flags Magic Mountain got everything right with this year’s Holiday in the Park, from the new and returning interactive areas, to the lively holiday music throughout the property. The high-energy stage show will surely entertain audience members of all ages, and the enthusiastic dancers on the Full Throttle Stage will get you movin’.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is located just north of Los Angeles in Valencia. Holiday in the Park festivities begin at 5 p.m., Taste of the Holidays food offerings are available between noon and 8:30 p.m. Both events and run daily through December 30. The Kwerkmas show is performed select days throughout the season.