|Theme:||Christmas & Other Winter Holidays|
|Dates:||November 23, 2012–January 6, 2013|
Holiday in the Park is Six Flags over Texas' yearly winter holiday celebration, typically held from the end of November to the beginning of January. The entire park is transformed into a gigantic holiday festival, with over a million Christmas lights hung throughout the park. Special holiday shows, merchandise, foods, and drinks are also offered.
Six Flags over Texas began the Holiday in the Park tradition in 1985. The light crowds, cool weather, and specialty food vendors and attractions make Holiday in the Park one of the best times to visit the park. However, it should be noted that a number of rides and attractions are typically closed for Holiday in the Park to give maintenance the time required to perform yearly ride inspections/rehabiliations. One example is the Gotham City area (including Batman the Ride and Mr. Freeze).
Holiday in the Park 2012
2012 is the twenty-seventh year Six Flags over Texas has put on the Holiday in the Park celebration, and the event runs from November 23, 2012 until January 6, 2013. Park operating days and hours vary so be sure and check the operating hours before visiting. The following rides are closed for this year's Holiday in the Park (this list may not be exhaustive):
- Batman the Ride
- Mr. Freeze
- Oil Derrick
- Roaring Rapids
- Texas Skyscreamer (ride is under construction)
- Aquaman Splashdown
- El Aserradero (Log Flume)
- Batwing (operation may vary during HitP)
- Crazy Legs (operation may vary during HitP)
Holiday in the Park Video
Can't make it to Holiday in the Park? Our video below, shot during Holiday in the Park 2012, is the next best thing to experiencing the event yourself.
One of the special attractions at Holiday in the Park, Snow Hill, allows visitors to sled down a real snow hill — something most native Texans never get to experience. Ice-blowing equipment and specialized refrigeration units make the snow hill possible in the mild winters Texas experiences.
Holiday Tree of Trees
This 60-foot Christmas tree, actually made up of 70 smaller Christmas trees, feature synchronized lights choreographed to music with nightly shows starting at 6:30 and continuing throughout the evening. The Holiday Tree of Trees is located in the Star Mall entry plaza.
Texas Light Show
An elaborate Christmas light show is featured in the Texas section of the park, in the plaza near the entrance to Yosemite Sam's Gold River Adventure. Thousands of lights strewn upon trees, bushes, and buildings are synchronized to a number of holiday music favorites. Shows are scattered regularly throughout the evenings. The video below is a small sampling of this must-see attraction.
SantaLand is the perfect stop for families, as Santa is waiting in his workshop, ready to listen to children's Christmas wishes. Mrs. Claus is waiting nearby, reading holiday stories, while crafts, ornaments, and toys are available in the gift shop. SantaLand is located in the Majestic Theater in the Goodtimes Square section of the park.
During Holiday in the Park, Six Flags over Texas opens its walkways for outside food vendors to offer holiday specialties, from skillet potatoes to homemade Texas chili in breadbowls. The smells of warm apple cider, hot chocolate, and German-roasted nuts are sure to set the holiday mood.
Holiday in the Park Entertainment
Like all Six Flags over Texas events, Holiday in the Park brings numerous seasonal shows and entertainment to the park's many stages and venues. Local school bands and choirs can be found performing on various stages, while permanent venues like the Southern Palace Theater features elaborate musicals like Deck the Halls.
Additional Holiday in the Park information, including a listing of the special food and entertainment offerings, can be located at Six Flags over Texas' official Holiday in the Park page.
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