Holiday in the Park at Magic Mountain
"Take a trip down candy cane lane with me…” the Christmas tune sung by Sia has been stuck in my head since visiting Six Flags Magic Mountain over the weekend for the media preview of Holiday in the Park. The song was playing in various locations throughout the night. Normally, an “ear worm” would be a minor annoyance, but in this case, it is a reminder of how much fun we had! In fact, we are looking forward to visiting again, and returning in December for the upcoming Taste of the Holidays food festival!
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 the crowd. Guests in front of the stage were dancing in unison to modern holiday songs when we passed by, and it was clear everyone was having a good time.
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.
Not much has changed this year in DC “Rockin' Universe," where guests are treated to an ongoing light show that is one of the largest of its kind anywhere. But, 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. During media night, members of the press were mesmerized by the display. Make sure to stick around long enough to see the snow. This was really cool!
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. Up near Katy’s Kettle and on the midway between Tatsu and Viper, you will find theFUNnelCakeBlog’s favorite holiday area… "Winter Wonderland," (which ironically also happens to be our favorite scare zone during Fright Fest). 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 currently offering holiday themed snacks and beverages throughout the park. Foodies will love Taste of the Holidays, a food festival that will take place December 15-30. Culinary creations will be available in select locations (details are still being worked out). Members of the media were treated to a sampling of the goodies that will be available. Everything was delicious!
One of the servers asked us what our favorite item was, and choosing was not easy. We loved it all… from the Chicken and Waffles, to the Turkey and Brie Sandwich. The Prosciutto Mac and Cheese stood out (I personally had three servings and wanted to fill my souvenir cup with the cheesy stuff to take home), as did the Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders. Oh, and the desserts! From Peppermint Pudding, to Root Beer Cake (OMG!), to the BEST BROWNIE EVER… soft, gooey chocolate with a York Peppermint Patty in the middle… SERIOUSLY! Management told me that it was homemade. Whoever made it… give them a raise!
Last but not least, if you are looking for a gift for that special someone, seek out Six Flags special holiday plush. Purchase one for $12.99, and one will be donated to a local children’s charity. This promotion is being done at all Six Flags parks across the country. Choose from the reindeer, snowman, elf, or polar bear.
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’. The friendly, welcoming characters are just a small part of the energy that was in the air at Magic Mountain opening night… one that should provide memories to guests throughout the season. Oh, and did I mention that brownie?
Holiday in the Park festivities begin at 5 p.m., November 17 to 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, and 15-30. The Kwerkmas show is performed on weekends throughout the season several times a day. Taste of the Holidays Food Festival runs December 15 to 30.
Entry Plaza and Metro Park Pub Tree
Snowy Nights and Santa's Cabin
Taste of the Holidays Food Festival