Dashing through the sky in your one-car open coaster… Those were the good old days, weren’t they? Theme parks are among the many victims of the pandemic’s closures, but Six Flags has found a way to attract visitors once again. Though their rollercoasters have historically been the big appeal pre-Covid, their Holiday in the Park event offers something new and exciting for locals this season.
Before we go into the details, we want to remind people that we are still within the thralls of a pandemic, and recommend people check out our article on ”If You Should Go Out” Here. In keeping with our promise within that article though, we want to cover what steps are being taken by the organization to keep the attendees safe. Six Flags employees will be wearing masks and will be temperature-checked and health-screened each day. The event is distanced, as long as the people inside the vehicle are your family, you should be safe. They have also forbidden convertibles, and motorcycles in an effort to increase safety. If attendees lower their windows, then masks will be required. Attendees will not be allowed to exit their vehicles at any point during the event. Let’s get back to the event though…
The gate opens at 5:30 pm with last call is at 8:45 pm due to new curfew restrictions. Expect to wait about 20-30 minutes in line before entering the park. The earlier you reserve your ticket the less wait time. Port-a-potties are available in the parking lot before and after the main event, but bring your own hand sanitizer as there are no handwashing stations or sanitizer available. The staff is among the best you will meet at an event of its kind. The ones on the side of the road are essentially there to keep traffic flowing at a good 3 mph or assist you should you need anything. They are so pleasant as they wish you a Happy Holidays that I could honestly feel the smiles behind the masks.
Lights and decorations are hung and strung from pre-existing structures, and while some are pretty remarkable, there are several “dark” spots that may leave some wanting more. However, with how massive the park is, we wonder that if they had indeed covered the place from top to bottom they would have a power outage! The music is a mix of popular upbeat tunes at times and woodsy whimsy, depending on the theme surrounding you. While we would have loved to see them mix in the renowned characters that walk about the park on a normal day, we do love the intermingling of performers as well, from bands performing on a small stage and men on stilts, to holiday characters like Santa and Mrs. Claus. Other impressive displays include a handful of fancy cars in front of their West Coast Customs shop, and a fictional future full of mechanic imaginings in their Steampunk District.
Oh, what fun it is to ride… in your car through the theme park you grew up with. Truly this is one of the coolest perks about the event: driving through the park and seeing some of your favorite rides either gliding by or collecting dust. Plus, being that it is a theme park, you have the option to order funnel cakes and other treats to take home with you. Just make sure you purchase them online BEFORE you arrive. Nostalgia hits me hard here. But Christmas-time with a little one is all about the nostalgia. Seeing how she experiences everything from her eyes for the first time brings me back to when I was a wee one, being swept up by the magic of this holiday. And they truly capture a bit of that Christmas spirit, that holiday awe.
Six Flags’ Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience is open now through January 31st. 5:30 pm – 10 pm. 8:45 pm is the last available time to buy since we have a 10 pm curfew.
Tickets for this event start at $25 a person, or free for parties with season passes (but reservations are still required). Get your tickets and reservations Here.