All across the country, theme parks are being transformed into winter wonderlands to the glee of children and families. These are special and time-limited events. Trekaroo wants to make sure that you know a few of the ways to spend the holidays at theme parks across the U.S.A.
Disney Parks know how to celebrate the season with an amazing amount of Mickey magic. So much so, we have an entire article devoted to all things Holiday Disney.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is hosting “Christmas Town.” Christmas Town opens on November 28th and is open weekends through December 2014 and weekdays between December 12th-31st. Figure out if you have a career as a Christmas Elf at Elf Academy. Visit with Santa. Watch “Elmo’s Christmas Wish”, and enjoy holiday décor throughout the park. Trekaroo families praise the park for its attention to detail catering to families of all ages.
Meanwhile, a little further north at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, “Christmas Town” opens on November 22nd and is open weekends from the opening day through December and weekdays between December 12th-31st. During their visit, guests can eat a meal hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus, ride the Peppermint Twist, or sing and dance their way through “Deck the Halls” live-action show. Trekaroo families rave about the holiday lights.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company runs amusement parks across the country and they are gearing up to bring some incredible holiday fun.
As shown in this historic photograph of Santa riding the log ride at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, Knott’s knows about winter holiday fun. It transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm starting November 22nd. Guests will love seeing Snoopy light the Christmas tree every night, and watch the Peanuts crew in a holiday-themed ice show.
Northern California’s Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park comes alive with thousands of Christmas lights, Santa, and a nightly performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on these select dates: December 5th-7th, December 12th-14th, December 19th-23rd, and December 26th-30th.
Join families as they experience “Christmas Bricktacular” at LEGOLAND Florida. Available Saturdays and Sundays through December 2013, the festivities include an incredible Christmas tree and accompaniment made of LEGO and Duplo bricks. Also, hunt for the 45 mini-Santas placed throughout MINIland. For families who like to venture out between Christmas and New Year’s, you are in luck. LEGOLAND Florida will be hosting a fireworks display honoring the “Countdown to Kids New Year’s Eve” nightly between December 26th-December 31st. Then, on New Year’s Eve, families can join in on “Kids New Year’s Eve” with a full party just for younger kids including a ball drop.
On the other side of the country at LEGOLAND California, come explore Snow Days (November 22nd until January4th) and Winter Nights (available Saturday nights and daily between November 28th-December 22nd and December 26th- 30th). Take a picture with LEGO Santa. Play in the California snow. Enjoy holiday entertainment. This year both LEGO SEAlife and the LEGOLAND hotel will be all decked out for the season as well.
All three SeaWorld parks, located in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego, are offering a variety of winter-themed events for young and old. All three parks are participating in “SeaWorld Christmas Celebration”. They will be featuring several Christmas Celebration shows including: “Shamu’s Christmas: Miracle,” which will showcase the park’s most famous residents in shows set to holiday music. Trekaroo families especially enjoy the decorations and shows during the holiday season. The dates of the holiday events do vary by location.
SeaWorld Orlando’s celebration will happen daily from November 22nd-30th, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from December 5th-14th, and then daily from the 19th-31st. SeaWorld Orlando is also offering families a 3 hour backstage tour of the park and a visit with Santa on its Family Fun Tour.
SeaWorld San Antonio’s holiday events will run from November 22nd-30th, weekends in December from the 6th-2oth and then daily from the 21st-31st. (SeaWorld San Antonio will not be open on Christmas Day.) SeaWorld San Antonio guests can have a holiday sleepover with the penguins.
SeaWorld San Diego will be transforming into SnowWorld beginning November 14th and will transform back to its original state on January 4th. Play in the snow and go sledding in the Southern California sun. Families visiting SeaWorld San Diego can also get tickets to have breakfast with both Shamu AND Santa!
The Six Flags amusement parks are gearing up for the holiday season. With shows featuring the Looney Tunes gang and visits with Santa, Six Flags is sure to pack a punch of its namesake exhilarating rides, all with a holiday spin. Santa and his reindeer will be at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Six Flags Fiesta Texas has ice-skating with Frosty, carolers, and a live nativity. Trekaroo families bragged about the Looney Tunes and Christmas characters and the “Holiday in the Park” experience.
“Holiday in the Park” is available at the following parks November 22nd, 2014 through January 5th, 2015. The parks have varied operating dates and hours that are subject to change so please double check prior to planning your trip. All three Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA accommodate the holiday cheer with the temporary closures of some of the usual attractions.
Universal Studios Orlando offers an unique experience for families. New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade floats and balloons make their way down to Florida each year. Universal Studios then adds its own flair, and voila, a parade of epic proportions without the chill of NYC. Catch the parade on December 6th, 2014- January 3rd, 2015. Universal Studios Orlando puts on two holiday-themed shows for families: “A Barney Holiday” and “The Blues Brothers Holiday Show.” In addition, the legendary holiday musicians, Manheim Steamroller, will be performing on Dec. 6th-7th, 13th-14th, and 20th-21st.
Both Universal Islands of Adventure (next door to Universal Studios Orlando) and Universal Studios Hollywood are putting on “Grinchmas”: a tribute to the Grinch and the Whos of Whoville. Take a picture with the Grinch and catch a holiday themed play. In Orlando, guests can have breakfast with the Grinch. Over in Hollywood they can take a stroll around Whoville. Grichmas runs weekends from Thanksgiving day through December, and daily from December 20th-31st. In Orlando, Grinchmas can be found December 6th-January 3rd.
Adding a visit to a theme park may just add the little sparkle to your family this holiday season.
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