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Holiday in the Park 2016 at Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 11/27/2016

sfmm_hip2016-1It’s Christmas time again, and that means another year of Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Each year it just keeps getting bigger and brighter, and this year is no exception. There are more things to see and do than ever! This is my favorite time of year in the park because there are so many lights. They cover just about everything, they glow in a variety of colors, and they are absolutely beautiful to look at. There are new shows to watch, two entirely new areas to see, and new food to taste. If you’ve never been before, you need to check it out. If you have been to the event in the past, you need to check it out again and see everything that is new. If you’ve already been there this year, then you already know how cool it is and I’m sure you’ll be back again and again. The bottom line is – don’t miss this event! The event runs all the way through January 1st, so you have lots of time to visit over and over again.

The giant toy soldiers are back again this year, keeping watch over the main gate:

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The lights kick on at 5:00 pm, but I recommend getting there a bit earlier than that so you don’t miss it. It might still be a little light outside, but it’ll get dark quick:

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Once darkness kicks in, the lighhts are absolutely magical in Holiday Square:

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The colored lights on the fountain tree only add to the beauty of the main plaza:

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As I said before, the lights cover just about everything, and in every color:

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One of the new areas this year is Santa’s Star Spangled Plaza:

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Located in front of The New Revolution, there is a new Christmas tree you can take your picture in front of:

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You can also take your picture in Santa’s sleigh:

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If you’re lucky, the traveling Toy Soldier Troupe may be in the area and you can take your picture with them as well:

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One of the the most anticipated new additions to Holiday in the Park this year is a brand new VR experience on The New Revolution. Called Santa’s Wild Sleigh Ride Virtual Reality Coaster, you will find yourself riding alongside Santa in his sleigh, fighting off a mischievious elf as you try to deliver presents. The sleigh is equiped with snowball cannon (see picture of me in sleigh above) that you use to fire at the elf. The entire ride is interactive from beginning to end:

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Magic Mountain caught me on my inaugural sleigh ride with Santa:

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I can’t actually provide a review of the experience just yet. There were a few technical glitches on opening night, so the video didn’t actually play when I first rode it. They let me go again, with a different headset, but the syncing of the video to the track was off during most of the second ride, so I still didn’t get the full expereince. I’ll try and catch it again the next time I’m at the park and hopefully all of the bugs will have been worked out by then.

One of my favorite parts of the new plaza was this tree. It’s a very big tree and they did an amazing job of covering it with lights. I was just mesmorized by it:

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Roasting marshmallows over an open flame to make s’mores is back agian this year, but with new flavors of marshnmallows to try. Also new are these two characters, Ember and Icee. She’s hot headed and he’s cold as ice, so be careful when interacting with them, as you never know what you’ll get:

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The other brand new area this year is the Gleampunk District:

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As if the park wasn’t already lit up enough, this new area takes Holiday in the Park to a whole new level:

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Of course, it still puts a steampunk twist on the entire holiday experience:

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They’re hard to miss, but keep an eye out for the Tinker Toy stilt walkers:

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Another fun new group to join the party this year are the Gleampunk Gliders, a skating group that puts on a show in front of the entrance to the area:

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They’ll line up 15-20 guests on the ground as one “glides” over the top of them:

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Check out the inner workings of the steampunk candy and toy factory on the side of the Gearworks Theatre through the magic of projection mapping:

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Inside the theatre, experience an all new holiday themed show called Kwerkmas. It’s a Cirque du Soleil-like show with dancing, feats of acrobatic artistry, and the magical genius of Michael Turco:

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These are some of your Kwerkmas dancers in the show:

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And these are some of the Kwerkmas acrobats in the show:

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Holiday in the Park wouldn’t be the same without the big Christmas tree in the Rockin’ Universe Plaza, mounted in several feet of ice to keep it fresh all season long:

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The Rockin’ Universe show hasn’t changed this year, but it’s still fun to watch. Three separate shows, using tens of thousands of programmable LED lights covering just about everything in the area, choreographed to music. A different show plays every 15 minutes:

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Another one of my favorite areas is Winter Wonderland, up on the hill:

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Everything is covered in a white layer of freshly fallen snow:

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Two new beautiful creatures I found in the Winter Wonderland this year. I’m probably going to get their names wrong, but I believe they are Aurora Borealis and Iridessa von Sparkle:

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Another reason I love Winter Wonderland – it snows regularly every night:

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The lights start to look like candy canes as you make your way up the hill:

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Be sure to take your picture with Santa in his workshop:

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Mrs. Claus has cooked up some wonderful new holiday treats this year in her kitchen:

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Some of the new holiday food this year includes stuffed sweet potatoes, cinnamon sticks, flavored marshmallow s’mores, and brownie almond funel cake. Here are some additional sweet treats you will find around the park during the holidays as well:

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The peppermint bark, always a crowd favorite, is also back this year:

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It wouldn’t be Holiday in the Park without peppermint candied apples, and NOT the kind that Loraine Loraine tries giving you during Fright Fest:

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The Snowy Nights entertainment lineup includes live music nightly on the Full Throttle stage by The Mistletones band:

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Don’t miss the holiday dance routines provided by the Tinsel Toy Dancers:

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Ricky Rocks is also back this year, with his unique drumming skills for your listening and dancing pleasure:

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Keeping everything running smooth and organized once again is DJ Nel:

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These two smartly dressed gentlemen are your Snowy Nights hosts for Holiday in the Park:

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I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Hosé, aka Mr. Hips. He does everything. You’ll find him both backstage running the control panels, as well as on stage entertaining the masses. I’m sure you’ll see a lot of him this season:

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Last, but definitely not least, are the Holiday Cheer Carolers. You’ll find them in the front of the park, just inside the main gate, singing some of your favorite Christmas tunes:

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Holiday in the Park runs November 19-27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17-24, 26-31, and January 1st. Park hours are 10:30-9:00 pm, with Holiday in the Park starting each evening at 5:00 pm.

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3 Comments

  1. Steve

    11/28/2016 at 8:30 pm

    We went to Holiday in the Park the night before Thanksgiving, and had a great time. The lights were beautiful, the s’mores and hot chocolate were delicious, Kwerkmas was very fun to watch, especially the trampoline sequence. We spent 3 hours there and didn’t even hit a ride, just enjoyed the sites. I definitely recommend visiting at night to see it all. By the way Kurt, i went this passed Sunday morning to get on a few rides, and really wanted to check out Santa’s Wild Sleigh Ride, but was a little disappointed when the ride didn’t sinc up with the headset, it was about 1.5 seconds off which was really weird. So it looks like we had the same experience. Oh well, can’t win them all. Happy Holidays everyone. Thanks for the updates Kurt.

  2. Matt

    11/29/2016 at 1:56 am

    Went on the 27th, since I’m trying to squeeze lots of visits in since I think I’m gonna take a break from season passes after 3 fun consecutive years, and the Sleigh Ride VR seemed mostly synced up for me. So I guess they got it fixed. On a side note, I’ll be getting my own VR headset on the 29th, a shiny new HTC Vive. Wonder if they’ll offer a download of the ride experience for us home VR owners 🙂

  3. Justin An

    11/29/2016 at 7:38 am

    I still find it odd that they aren’t open til’ Midnight on New Years Eve. If it were up to me, I’d have 2pm to 2am

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