Festive Fun During Holiday in the Park at Six Flags New England

When I think of amusement parks, I must admit that I picture a hot summer day wearing shorts and sucking down refillable souvenir cups full of lemonade to keep cool. Turn that idea on its head and you have Holiday in the Park at Six Flags New England. Instead of shorts, you need to bundle up in coats, hats and gloves. And instead of lemonade, get ready to sugar up on hot choco. While we have done the whole winter in the park thing at Hershey Park in the past, Six Flags really raises the bar.

This is the first year for the Holiday in the Park celebration, which runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 24 through January 1st. With over one million lights, festive shows, and new characters, it is hard not to get into the holiday spirit.

Main Street holiday light show

Main Street features a holiday light show in time to your favorite Christmas carols and holiday music, which happens every 15 minutes starting at 5:15 pm on Fridays and 4:00 pm on weekends.

Six Flags carolers

There is also a special tree lighting spectacular in front of Goliath, featuring live music and appearances by Queen Lumenessa Evergreen and Tinsel, the Holiday Fairy Sprinkle, and, of course, Santa Claus. The countdown to the tree illumination is fun for all.

Six Flags christmas tree

Indoors, Six Flags New England premiered a new holiday show, FROST – A Holiday Cirque Extravaganza in the Rockville Theater. Complete with dance numbers, balancing acts, acrobatics, and some bouncy elves doing trampoline tricks, it is an entertaining way to warm up.

Six Flags Frost show

One of my favorite parts of the Holiday in the Park experience was the many wood fire pits spread throughout the park. You can purchase s’mores to roast over the open fire, or just huddle around for warmth. In the outdoor eating areas, you could also find quite few outdoor heaters to warm your hands.

Smores in Six Flags New England

Walking through the park is truly like taking a stroll through a winter wonderland dripping with lights. There is even a walk-through, light-up giant holiday ornament to enjoy.

Six Flags holiday ornament

Leaving no stone unturned, Six Flags even pipes in aromas like pine, cotton candy, and sugar cookies – those will create some dreams of sugar plum fairies dancing in your head!

What surprised me most was how many rides were open. When we visited Hershey Park for the holidays, it was mostly rides for younger kids. Not so at Six Flags New England. Granted, some favorites like Pandemonium were closed. But in addition to fan favorites like bumper cars, Flashback, Thunderbolt, the swings, and the Scrambler, many of the large coasters like the Joker, Batman, and Superman were in full swing.

Six Flags New England

If you love amusement parks and can handle the cold, it is a great time to go because the lines are so short and the park is so festive! Just be sure to bundle up. Plan to arrive around 3 or 4 pm to enjoy a few rides before the sun sets and then stay for a few hours after the sun goes down to appreciate the beautiful lights. Keep in mind though that most of the dining options are outdoors, and the line for the indoor place near the bumper cars is out the door. So you may want to eat before you go, grab a few snacks, and then find a warm spot for dinner when you leave.

Have you been to Holiday in the Park yet? Yay or nay to amusement parks in the winter?

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A look inside Six Flags New England's Holiday in the Park event #sixflags

Note: I was a guest of Six Flags New England for their Media Day event. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Is Superman actually open? i didn’t know intamins could run in the cold

      I know Joker and Batman were, and I thought the other near it was Superman but it may have been Mind Eraser. Flashback and Thunderbolt were also open (we rode those.)

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