Growing up, one of my favorite activities during the holiday season was driving around different towns with my family to see the Christmas lights. Though I don’t do this often anymore, it’s a memory that I look back on fondly. With 2020’s holidays in complete disarray over the raging COVID-19 pandemic, most in-person events have been cancelled. However, not all hope is lost as Six Flags Magic Mountain has stepped in to give guests a bit of that magical, winter wonderland feel with their HOLIDAY IN THE PARK DRIVE-THRU EXPERIENCE.
Located in Valencia, CA, Six Flags HOLIDAY IN THE PARK DRIVE-THRU EXPERIENCE gives guests the chance to experience a safe event from the comfort of their car. Guests will get to drive thru Six Flags’ immense park which has been outfitted with over “one million colorful, twinkling lights.” The experience lasts approximately 45 minutes and guests will not only see the dazzling display of lights and decorations but will also hear their favorite holiday tunes while enjoying seeing their favorite Six Flags characters decked out in iconic holiday attire (while they are being socially distant and wearing masks).
I’ve only been to Six Flags Magic Mountain for Fright Fest, which takes place during the Halloween season, so I was excited to see what their holiday fare had to offer. Right off the bat, driving throughout the expansive theme park was such a treat. I loved experiencing the different themed areas, such as DC Universe, Metropolis, and the Screampunk District (which had Steampunk snowman!!!), all decked out with holiday lights and decorations. Furthermore, Six Flags went the extra mile to have fake falling snow in different areas as well as live stage performances and a visit from Santa himself.
If you’re worried about the driving portion of the event (since you’ll be in your car for the entire duration and will be required to wear a mask if you want your windows down), don’t be. You’ll have people directing you at every turn and there are signs everywhere to indicate that the speed limit should not exceed 3 MPH. That said, if you are someone that likes taking a lot of pictures (like myself), I would suggest sitting in the passenger seat. Cars are not allowed to stop on the route so you’re best bet is to go slow and steady and be prepared with your camera when you see something you want to capture. Safely driving is pivotal so don’t expect to capture too many pictures if you are in the driver’s seat.
All in all, as far as COVID-19 safe events are concerned, HOLIDAY IN THE PARK DRIVE-THRU EXPERIENCE is one of the best to attend (up there with the Stranger Things Drive-Into Experience). So much work went into transforming the park into a holiday escape, and though I miss frolicking in theme parks, this is a wonderful substitution for the time being. Ultimately, this is a great way to experience a unique holiday season while making new memories to cherish.
Six Flags HOLIDAY IN THE PARK DRIVE-THRU EXPERIENCE is running now until January 31st. Tickets are required for each person in your vehicle, including guests of Season Passholders & Members. Tickets start at $30 and those with a Season Pass or Membership get in free. For more information on their safety guidelines, or to purchase tickets, visit sixflags.com/magicmountain. Oh, one other thing, make sure to get an order of their Handmade Coaster Candy Fudge, I promise you won’t regret it. Happy Holidays from all of us here at Nightmarish Conjurings!
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