“Holiday in the Park” is back at Six Flags Great Adventure to help you get into the spirit of the season. And this year, they have added more lights, rides and magic than ever before.
In a park known for its thrills, Holiday in the Park offers families a more relaxed atmosphere. But you can still ride some rollercoasters, weather permitting.
Holiday in the Park 2019
On Weekends and select weekdays November 16 through January 1, 2020, Six Flags Great Adventure will be open for Holiday in the Park. This holiday experience features 14 specially-themed areas, each with its own distinct character.
We attended our first Holiday in the Park back in 2017. It was a bitterly cold day and not many rides were operating, but we all enjoyed the festive atmosphere with the lights, music, and shows.
We’re excited to hear that there is even more to see this year, and we hope to attend at some point this holiday season.
What’s New at Holiday in the Park
Here’s a rundown on what is new for 2019 at Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great Adventure.
Frost: A Cirque Spectacular
Astounding acrobats, inspired dancers and a touch of icy holiday magic will warm the heart in Frost: A Cirque Spectacular appearing in the Showcase Theatre.
Bugs Bunny National Park
This adorable section for young guests features six pint-sized thrill rides, new entertainment in Wilderness Theater and meet & greets;
Joy to the World has found a new home near the Lakefront and the new Twinkle Tunnel will envelop guests in sparkling holiday lights;
Spinnin’ Saturdays with DJ Tinsel Tunes
Guests can rock to the modern sounds of holiday classics with DJ Tinsel Tunes each Saturday from 3 to 8 pm in Deck the Halls.
Meeting the array of unique characters found only at Holiday in the Park is a highlight for kids and kids-at-heart. Three new characters make their debut in 2019:
- Mrs. Claus – Bugs Bunny National Park
- Evergreen Queen – Holiday Memories
- Reindeer – Bugs Bunny National Park.
Delicious Seasonal Eats
- Yum Yum Holiday Mornings – Features all-day breakfast platters, biscuits and gravy, fluffy pancakes and other breakfast favorites.
- Granny’s Holiday Feast – Granny’s is serving up comfort food classics like meatloaf, turkey, pot roast, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, hot chocolate and more.
- Not So Chilly Chili – Beef, turkey and vegetable chili.
- Fireside BBQ – Turkey legs, smoked sausage and bacon-wrapped pork.
Holiday Hatchet Throw Game
Guests can take aim and toss a hatchet at some of their favorite mischievous holiday characters. Winner every time!
Signature Holiday in the Park Attractions
In addition to all that is new, some of the things we enjoyed on our visit are still there, as well.
Holiday Magic: A Celebration of the Season
Spectacular light show on a five-story-tall tree in the heart of the park that dazzles nightly every 30 minutes through eye-popping effects, stirring music and gently falling snow.
The Elf That Saved Christmas
Elves Tinsel, Twinkle, Jingle and Doug conquer the mayhem of the season to save Christmas. (This show was new last year)
A giant, inflatable gingerbread man welcomes guests to this whimsical section that features peppermint swirl-wrapped trees, the regal Peppermint Princess and dancing lights around the carousel pavilion.
Stunning, ice-blue trees twinkle with the illusion of falling snow up above, while her highness the Snow Queen meets guests below.
Adorable elves invite guests into the warmth of Santa’s home for a meet-and-greet and holiday photos, plus kids can write letters to Santa.
Joy to the World
Tranquil pathway of warmly lit trees, luminaries and stained glass showcasing religious holidays from around the world and the new Twinkle Tunnel.
Holiday Fire Pits
Five sections of the park feature wood-burning fire pits that warm the soul and are popular spots for toasting s’mores.
The sweet and savory tastes of the holiday season can be found throughout the park like spiked egg nog, holiday-flavored coffee and hot chocolate, peppermint and mocha fudge, seasonal beers, festive funnel cakes, specialty holiday platters with cranberry sauce, chili bowls, harvest salads and hot soups.
Festive Photo Spots
An antique sleigh, twinkling mistletoe, larger-than-life characters and decorations, Santa’s elaborate home, and a kiddie train are just a few of the fun photo spots guests can preserve their holiday memories.
Holiday Express Band
Holiday in the Park’s opening weekend features the incredible Holiday Express band in concert Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. and the show is free with park admission. Holiday Express is comprised of 1,700 volunteers including more than 100 professional musicians and delivers music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those in need during the holiday season.
Polar Coaster Challenge
On December 7, Six Flags theme parks across the country will celebrate the Polar Coaster Challenge. This quirky and frigid special event, named after the meteorological term for dramatically fluctuating temperatures expected for this winter, will challenge guests to ride the Nitro roller coaster in tank tops and shorts before park opening. More information will be announced soon on the park’s website.
Holiday Blood Drive
The Central Jersey Blood Center will host a holiday blood drive December 7 in the park’s Employment Center from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guests who donate a pint of blood will receive one theme park ticket valid for Holiday in the Park. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are encouraged and available by visiting the web.
Coca-Cola Holiday Bear
The Coca-Cola Holiday Bear will make appearances in the park Dec. 21 and 22, and a joyous New Year’s Day Celebration returns Jan. 1 at 9 p.m. with fireworks, live entertainment and more.
Know Before You Go
Holiday in the Park is open on weekends and select weekdays from November 16, 2019 through January 1, 2020. You can see the full schedule here.
- Holiday in the Park Hours are 1pm-9pm (12/20 is 5pm-10pm)
- Admission is included for Season Passholders and Members.
- Tickets are available online at a discount (as low as $58)
- Tickets at the gate are $83 for adults and $51 for kids 54″ and under. (ages 2 and under are free)
- Not all rides are operating during Holiday in the Park
- Rides can be closed due to inclement weather, including low temperatures.