November 26, 2015
Six Flags Over Georgia’s Holiday in the Park kicked off this past weekend. This is their second year being open for the holidays and they have expanded with more shows, more decorations, and more themed lands. Opening day held mild temperatures and low crowds – an excellent combination for exploring the holiday offerings and getting an early start on the Christmas spirit. While the Lickskillet, Hurricane Harbor, and much of the Cotton States Exposition areas are not part of the event, the rest of the park is open with all attractions operating – weather and temperatures permitting of course – and opening night held short queues throughout.
Guests are welcomed into A Main Street Christmas upon passing through the turnstiles. The entire promenade is covered in a canopy of lights and classic Victorian carolers are present throughout the evening to set the tone. This is also where the Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place each evening with a guest family being selected to pull the candy-cane-shaped switch while flanked by Looney Tunes characters in their holiday best. The ceremony is preceded by an acapela battle, Pitch Perfect style, with contestants chosen from the audience.
Each area of the park has its own setting and theme – from the nostalgic Retro Christmas U.S.A. to A Georgia Christmas where the scent of peaches fills the air. Most areas also include themed photo opportunities – though you will need to make a new friend passing by if you want your whole party in the picture as they are not staffed with park photographers.
At the Crystal Pistol Music Hall, Tommy and Elizabeth have a last-minute wish for Santa in the show Because It’s Christmas. The show follows the two siblings through Christmas Eve as they attempt to change their Christmas list before Santa has delivered all the presents. Along the way, they meet Homeless Joe, Jack Frost, and a myriad of elves who all jump in to help. This show is fun and lively and we are certainly pleased anytime a park creates an original show as opposed to the same Christmas stories told ad nauseam.
The most notable new addition, and perhaps the highlight of the event, is Magic of the Season. Here, the Georgia Arbor is transformed into a tunnel of synchronized dancing lights. Guests are completely surrounded by lights and music during the shows that happen every 30 minutes throughout the night.
The park advertises that there will be a multitude of holiday themed snacks and merchandise available throughout the event. However, many of the shipments of these had not arrived in time for opening weekend. The signs throughout the park advertise specialty funnel cakes, pumpkin spice pretzels, and seasonal flavored popcorn. The hot chocolate and cider were flowing freely, however, with many guests carrying the souvenir Holiday In The Park mugs with reduced-price refills throughout the 2015 event.
Want to see more? Check out our video of a walk through the park!
Six Flags Over Georgia’s Holiday In The Park is open weekends from 4pm-10pm through Christmas and 2pm-10pm after Christmas with some bonus weekday openings around Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is a significant discount for purchasing tickets online ahead of time and an even greater discount available with the coupon loaded onto the accounts of Season Passholders. If you’re in the area and looking for some holiday spirit combined with some coasters, Holiday In The Park is a great choice.